California Natural Resources Agency
California Natural Resource Agency (CNRA) and VMware vCloud Air
As the world’s eighth largest economy with the largest parks system and the largest water delivery system in the United States, California is more like a small country than a state. Managing California’s precious resources—from its coastlines to its parks, fish, wildlife, energy sources, and water— is the responsibility of the 30 organizations of the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA). They depend on real-time data and system access to make decisions and respond quickly to disasters like flood, fire, drought, and earthquakes. CNRA’s mission is to restore, protect and manage the state's natural, historical and cultural resources for current and future generations. This responsibility impacts not only the people of California, but people around the world.
The goal of CNRA’s IT organization is to provide timely information and services to their departments so that they can operate at the speed of business without technology being a constraint.
CNRA is currently using VCloud Air VPC and vCloud Air Disaster Recovery as a service for their critical applications such as Fire, water, waste, etc., but also for their department tenants within their data center. They are putting out their critical tier one through three applications in the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery as a service area for protection and front-ending that with the vCloud Air offering to run their core applications.
“Our experience with VMware vCloud Air has been great. We have actually worked with some great technicians at VMware who helped us onboard the service, who helped us get everything set up and be up and running and getting the plumbing for all of our applications and test it out and make sure that it all runs fine. It’s one of those things that we found pretty painless and I would recommend it to just about anybody and any company.”
California Natural Resources Agency
IT Transformation at California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA)
The California Natural Resources Agency’s mission is to protect and manage the natural resources in the State of California. CNRA is a collection of 33 different agencies which had their own dedicated IT departments. The goal was to consolidate and share a common infrastructure yet give each group has their own autonomy in terms of resources, security, network traffic, etc. VMware has been on the journey with CNRA from day one. The result is IT being perceived as a business enabler while at the same time reducing operational costs by 30%, increasing capacity by 300% and faster time to market.
California Natural Resources Agency
CNRA Changes the Way They Do Networking with VMware NSX and vRealize Automation
The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) needed to find a way to meet the rapidly growing needs of 33 different organizations for secure, reliable and high performing infrastructure and applications. CNRA infrastructure is based on VMware’s Software Defined Data center to configure compute, storage, networking and security services. VMware NSX allows network and security to be configured dynamically to meet the unique needs of each business. vRealize Automation provides the appropriate governance regarding networking and security policies. The combination not only allows CNRA IT to accelerate time to market for their different organizations while also improve reliability of the services delivered and lowering costs. CNRA has been able to increase technology delivery capabilities by 300% while reducing costs by 30%.
California Natural Resources Agency
Hybrid Cloud Management Unifies California Natural Resources Agency
The California natural resources agency is a collection of 28 different agencies many which had their own dedicated IT departments. The goal was to consolidate and share a common infrastructure yet give each group has their own autonomy in terms of resources, security, network traffic, etc. The Central IT group became an independent provider of infrastructure and application services that resided both on premise and in the public cloud. The ability to dynamically place workloads and stretch their infrastructure by utilizing vCloud Air was extremely beneficial to delivering IT service more efficiently. vRealize Suite automated the delivery of services and then allow proactive monitoring while allowing IT to better understand costs and share that info with the business. The result is IT being perceived as a business enabler while at the same time reducing operational costs by 30% and increasing capacity by 300%.
CapGemini wanted to leverage the value of virtualization for ERP customers within its managed services line of business. After a rigorous, year-long evaluation of virtualization technologies, it decided to build a cloud-based managed services platform using VMware vSphere technology. The new platform allows Capgemini clients to reduce their ERP capitalization costs. In addition, the platform allows Capgemini to offer more stringent SLAs to clients at lower price points than is possible with traditional hosting architectures.
“Companies today are looking to become more competitive and innovative, but to also achieve sustainable cost reductions. Our VMware cloud managed services offering lets our clients achieve those objectives.”
Cardinal Health’s Shared Services IT Increases Efficiencies with Help from VMware’s Technical Account Manager Improving Customer Access to Growing Healthcare Services
Cardinal Health relies upon their VMware TAM to drive strategic plans and implementation, support the Shared Services IT department and provide for existing and future growth so the business can better service its customers and their patients.
“As an expanding Shared Services IT organization within Cardinal Health, we continue to partner with VMware for both virtualization technology and VMware Professional Services expertise. Our customers demand reliable and timely products and services to best serve their patients. Our IT team makes this available and with VMware’s help is better positioned to support all the ongoing acquisitions and future plans.”
Choice Hotels International, Inc.
VMware's Software-Defined Data Center at Choice Hotels. Choice Hotels International leverages VMware's Software-Defined Data Center architecture by implementing vCloud Suite Enterprise to optimize capacity, ensure business continuity and disaster recovery, and shorten the time to provision infrastructure and applications.
Choice Hotels International, Inc.
Choice Hotels Slashes IT Provisioning Times and Improves Performance with VMware vRealize Suite
Choice Hotels explains how implementing vRealize suite is saving their developers time, and their company money. Automation is simplifying access to environments and slashing wait times from 4-6 week down to 30 minutes. Operations is detecting issues before they cause problems, so they can be addressed proactively, saving downtime, money, and frustration.
Choice Hotels International is one of the world’s largest and most successful lodging companies. The firm currently franchises more than 6,300 hotels in more than 35 countries and territories, representing more than 500,000 rooms. Choice brands include Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotel & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection.
“In day to day operations we’ve actually been able to find problems before they actually become downtime in our environments, so the tool has saved us money.”
“The release cycle was 4-6 weeks for an application stack to be stood up and handed over to the development teams. Today, using vRealize Automation, our java/middleware application stack is stood up inside of 30 minutes and requested by the end-user themselves, so infrastructure is no longer in the loop, and no longer seen as a roadblock by our application teams.”
City of Avondale
City of Avondale Establishes Business Continuity and Protection for Critical Services with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery and vSphere
After implementing a hybrid cloud solution based on vSphere, the city of Avondale determined that it was positioned to take a major leap with its backup and disaster strategy. The city had local backup services for fast recovery. However, it had aims for a regionally separate disaster recovery site in case of a major catastrophic event in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. City staff saw emerging as-a-service options as a means to allow Avondale to achieve its business resumption goals at a level of cost and ease unavailable in the past.
“We reached our goal of 70 percent virtualization in just over a year within a year of using vSphere. VMware continuously advances its technology and provides options that allow us to build onto its solutions. As a CIO, that's critical when looking at strategic investments.”
City of Avondale
The City of Avondale Protects Critical Data with VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
After considering several cloud service providers, the City of Avondale chose vCloud Air Disaster Recovery for business continuity and protection of critical data and services.
“vCloud Air Disaster Recovery provides unlimited failover testing, which makes it easy. The test routine is built-in and I can see it working. Now that we’re on vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, we’ll be able to assure the city that we remember what we looked like before a disaster happens and that we have the ability to get back into running mode as quickly as possible.”
City of Avondale
City of Avondale Improves Security with VMware NSX
With their VMware partnership and solutions such as VMware NSX, The City of Avondale is modernizing and securing their environment providing an improved level of service for their firefighters and police and protecting their citizens’ information.
"NSX came into the picture and we found that we could provide even a better level of service for much cheaper price point. Which thereby gave the firefighters and the police officers the kind of information and, and data flow that they really needed."
"NSX allows us to block off unused, unnecessary, or even security holes within the servers to be able to prevent that malware from even contacting the servers to begin with. NSX has transformed the way we do security."
City of Melrose
The City of Melrose uses vCloud Hybrid Service for backup, offloading test and development environments as well as creating new revenue streams.
“The difference between the vCloud Hybrid Service and a lot of the other providers that we looked at was the ability to move workloads around back and forth to and from the Cloud. The other providers simply didn't give us that capability."
City of Melrose
Melrose IT leaders are reducing their total costs of supporting applications by embracing hybrid cloud computing built on VMware to become a specialized managed-services provider.
"It’s not that big of a stretch to get to that point where you say, 'I can do this for another city or town.' That was actually the thought process several years ago, as we started to do our own internal consolidation. The idea was that if we do it for ourselves, why can’t we do it for others."
Clear Tec Solutions
IT Transformation at Clear Tec Solutions
Clear Tec Solutions is an IT developer, administrator, and seller of care management and third party administration computer systems. The company includes: CHS (Community health Solutions of America), Premier Administrative Solutions, People Premier, Clear Procession Solutions, BenComp Financial Services, Consensus, Premier Real Estate Holdings and Business Insurance.
As part of its commitment to delivering outstanding solutions to their customers, they decided to shift their technology to the cloud (SaaS). This means no more hardware and greater flexibility in providing their customers with the tools to better care for patients and improve operations. Across all their companies, Clear Tec hopes to that by the end of the year, they will have more than 6 of their companies fully on-boarded and using their cloud solution.
The IT team is using vCloud Air Dedicated Cloud to extend their own data center, get multiple virtual centers for each of the business units and have the ability to move their workloads especially key apps on premises and off premises as they choose. VMware cloud has helped them focus IT on delivering applications that the business and their patients need. It has changed how the companies think about expanding the business to be more than just 8 which is a solid IT foundation for future growth.
"VMware vCloud Air is very important to us right now. With us being new in the market and trying to get into the market space very quickly, vCloud Air provides us the ability to stand up environments very quickly. VMware vCloud Air gives us the ability just to be able to snapshot our environment, roll it out and instead of months or weeks of having to build equipment, we can be live in 2-3 days with the environment we have currently built. To the customers the vCloud Air is important to them, because from the time we go from an RFP to implementation most of the turn-around are less than a month.”
Discover how The Cleveland Indians plan to transform IT operations by adopting mobility and hybrid cloud strategies.
"My vision for mobility is, I don’t want users to have to depend on a laptop. I want to give users who are carrying a brick and mortar laptop device today, an iPad, or a Droid or some sort of tablet to take out of the building with them"
Learn How You can Use VMware Hybrid Cloud to Extend Your Existing Applications and For Development/Testing
Ever wondered how you can extend your existing applications from your data center into the public cloud to achieve agility and CAPEX savings for handling seasonal workloads, geographic expansion and data center transitions with ease? How can you deliver a truly hybrid platform, allowing you to free up valuable on-premises data center capacity while developing and testing new applications faster?
June 23rd, 2015 8.00 am PST, we hosted a Google+ Hangout event featuring VMware experts and our customers as they provide a deep-dive into the two most common use cases for VMware vCloud Air : Extend Existing Apps and Dev/Test.
“vCloud Air provided us an Agile solution to assist us in our cloud transformation.”
Clover School District
Clover School District Rejuvenates Aging Computer Labs with VMware Horizon and VMware Virtual SAN
Clover School District had all but abandoned its computer labs in favor of personal iPads and MacBook Air laptops for every student. Then the state of South Carolina announced new, mandatory Windows-based standards for online testing. Instead of a massive capital investment in new desktop PCs, the district opted for a virtual desktop environment based on the VMware Horizon® 6 platform, and a new hosting platform powered by VMware Virtual SAN™ hyperconverged storage. The results: Like-new desktop performance, a secure and compliant test environment, lower capital and operating costs, and a more resilient infrastructure.
"I am a huge fan of VSAN. Traditional SANs require a lot of babysitting, we noticed we had TBs of overprovisioned storage. With VSAN we were able to buy just what we need. We cut costs by 75% and don’t need to babysit storage anymore. System resiliency is great – VSAN allows the show to continue without disruption in case of hardware downtime."
VMware Automation and DevOps Solutions at Columbia Sportswear
Founded in 1937, Columbia Sportswear is a family-owned business with thousands of employees and operations spread around the globe. With the mission to design and deliver authentic, outdoor, high-value products for active consumers of all ages, the company makes high-quality sportswear that keeps customers comfortable and protected, wherever their excursions take them.
VMware has given Columbia Sportswear the wonderful capability to reduce silos and to blur the lines between application developers and operations. The biggest challenge it faces in the retail space today is the ability to operate at the speed of business and remain nimble and agile for growth.
“As we go forward, we are really looking for application developers to think more like operations and our operations to think more like application developers. vRealize Automation has given us that capability to have those groups as well as security and other interested parties sit side by side to collaborate and to figure out what capabilities need to be brought online. And as those capabilities have been created in templates and blueprints, they can be re-used and actually handed off to those teams to for self-provisioning and management.”
Columbia Sportswear Transforms Business Operations with Cloud Management Platform
Columbia Sportswear is an innovative leader in the apparel and footwear space, providing products for outdoor, active lifestyles in over 100 countries around the world, through E-Com, direct-to-consumer and wholesale channels. Founded in 1937, a lot of who Columbia is comes directly from its matron Gert Boyle, reminding employees to try new things, to do things just a little bit better than before, and to represent Columbia as the global brand that it knows it can be.
Columbia’s technology solutions are on the bleeding edge to stay ahead of where the business is going—not react to it. Its global business transformation leveraging VMware’s Cloud Management Platform is successfully influencing the way Columbia does business.
“All of what we've been doing around global business transformation is getting ready for us to grow. Whether it's organic growth, adding a brand, or reaching out into new consumer markets, all are pushing what we do with technology, how we reach people, how we connect with them and how we respond to their needs.”
“We feel that the software defined data center and the next steps are going to be critical to long-term success, and cause improvements in our business on a constant basis and yet challenge our people to feel good about what they're delivering every day.”
Columbia Sportswear Embarks on Disaster Recovery and SAP Virtualization Journey: Columbia reduced costs right away by running and supporting less physical hardware. With fewer machines to power, run and cool, energy and operational costs declined, leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.
“It’s the inherent ability for us to scale resources rapidly, on-demand, that VMware provides us. We don’t have that any other way.”