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.”
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.”
Columbia Sportswear's software-defined data center is built on VMware technology
Columbia Sportswear is enabling the business by letting the business decide what performance criteria they need, where they need their data hosted, and then to rapidly configure and deploy those resources using VMware vCloud Suite and the software-defined data center architecture. From an IT perspective, Columbia can determine the right fit for its business, and is empowered to make resource decisions based on what the business is asking—without having to go back to its business teams and explain architecture limitations. Columbia’s application resources are available as needed, anywhere in the world.
Starting in 2009, Columbia embarked on a company-wide initiative with VMware to virtualize its entire Tier 1 business critical SAP production environment. The objective was to create highly available, fault-tolerant, and disaster-proof business systems that could support faster time to market and reduce operating costs. The result is one of the most leading-edge IT infrastructures in the world. It provides Columbia Sportswear with a competitive advantage in a global market and aligns with the company’s aim of speed and innovation.
“It allows Columbia to compete in ways that none of our peers can. Our scalability enable us to respond to business demands at an industry-leading speed, and I don’t ever have to say no.”
To meet growing global demand for its outdoor apparel and accessories, Columbia Sportswear required an infrastructure-as-a-service platform that would support its Microsoft-based business application portfolio. To improve IT and business productivity, Columbia wanted a service that would perform like a virtual extension of its on-premises data center and operate using its current management tools. Columbia chose VMware vCloud® Air™, realizing immediate cost savings and gaining a robust modern platform to support new application development.
“With vCloud Air, my team can be more efficient, users get an absolutely consistent experience, and we’re able to provide the same level of support we always have.”
Columbia Sportswear Gets Extreme on Software-Defined Data Center Strategy
A Briefings Direct podcast on how a major sportswear company has leveraged virtualization and hybrid cloud to reap substantial business benefits.
“With our business changing and growing as quickly as it is, and with us doing business and selling directly to consumers in over a hundred countries around the world, our data centers have to be adaptable. Our data and our applications have to be secure and available, no matter where we are in the world, whether you're on network or off-premises. The SDDC has been a game-changer for us. It’s allowed to take those technologies, host them where we need them, and with whatever cost configuration makes sense, whether it’s in the cloud or on-premises, and deliver the solutions that our business needs”
Enhancing the Retail Employee Experience – Columbia Sportswear Company
Columbia Sportswear Company uses AirWatch to deliver mobile applications and secure hundreds of iOS devices in its retail stores. Employees can leverage retail applications on in-store iPads to track sales, store performance and scheduling without being tethered to a computer in the back office.
“AirWatch has given us the ability to do mobile device management from a central location.”
“To have our distribution center supervisors and managers on the floor interacting with their staff instead of locked behind a computer has been a positive capability.”
Hybrid Cloud at Columbia Sportswear
At Columbia Sportswear, you will find that one size doesn’t fit all in terms of their infrastructure. In some places where intellectual property or other concerns are really important, they will use their private cloud while for less sensitive or more commoditized, they may look at a hybrid or a public cloud offering. It’s all about matching the workflows with the right delivery and hosting mechanism for their business. VMware is really now leading not only inside your data center but helping Columbia leverage things outside where they can have cloud and scale things in and outside of their walls leveraging the tools that VMware has and that they can consistently do things whether it's in their private cloud or in a public cloud or a hybrid.
“In managing Cloud assets today, it is not really about whether they are on public or whether they are in a private Cloud or whether they’re in a hybrid Cloud, it’s about understanding and having the confidence that you can manage those assets wherever they are.”
Cornerstone Home Lending
Due to the poor Hyper-V experience, Cornerstone launched a thorough investigation into competitive virtualization offerings that would provide a stable and reliable architecture. In the end, the team chose VMware. Cornerstone implemented VMware vSphere with Operations Management, deploying 45 hosts and almost 100 virtual machines to provide visibility into past and present asset health through a unique, centralized console, and enable superior platform-wide management.
“For the first time ever we’re able to capacity plan, to look ahead and forecast what we’re going to need for the next one, three, or five years. This allows us to act proactively and give the business a clear model of projected costs along with a timeline. Ability to forecast capacity usage has changed the way Cornerstone calculates IT budgets. It gives us the ability to invest in IT the proper way.”