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Record Bank

 

Record Bank migrates to Windows 7 and implements a VDI environment based on VMware Horizon

Record Bank has migrated to Windows 7 and implemented VDI. This way they can centrally manage all the desktops, support BYOD, ensure business continuity and improve the data security.

“We have implemented a set of security rules which ensure that our data does not leave the datacenter. This way we were able to improve the security with VDI.”

— Louis Mahy, CIO, Record Bank

The Hut Group

 

Hut Group deploys VMware vCloud Air for more scalable, flexible and secure environment

The Hut Group is the UK’s leading, multi-website online retailer with rapidly growing international operations. The company’s websites are a crucial part of the business and need to be kept up and running at all times. The Hut Group is therefore using vCloud Air to make sure it’s infrastructure is flexible and scalable – giving the IT team the ability to get more capacity during peak periods and to reduce it down during quieter periods, so that customers have the same responsiveness and experience even when the sites are at their busiest.

“(DRaaS) enables us to grow faster than we are growing currently, and really enables us to be more efficient and flexible in what we are doing. Instead of having to keep two different data centers up and running, to ensure there is an up or down, or cold or hot data center, this enables us to ensure that it is the efficiency that we gain by only having to do the exercise once.”

— Schalk Van der Merwe, IT Director, The Hut Group

Transact Payment System

 

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery is Changing how VMware Customers do Business

Have you ever wondered how a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy could be implemented in the cloud? What applications can you protect in the cloud? Can you simplify your environment at a lower cost? What are the core benefits achieved as a result of implementing disaster recovery in the cloud, verses an on-premises solution? On March 25th, 2015 8.00 am PST, we hosted a Google+ Hangout event featuring VMware experts and our customers as they provide a technical deep-dive into the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service. They shared some of the challenges they faced as well as best practices for solutions to those challenges and ways the service has helped their various businesses.

“The cost difference between doing it yourself versus hosting it on VMware was really something that was attractive to us. And it only took us about six months from the day I joined The Hut Group to the day that we were able to stand up and test a fully functioning website. We never failed a production but we were able to replicate the full production databases out of the full production website and to do that within 6 months makes me feel very good but it also gave the executives comfort that they knew that we now had a solution which would be useful and known when we came to have a disaster.”

— Schalk vd Merwe, IT Director, The Hut Group

The Hut Group

 

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery is Changing how VMware Customers do Business

Have you ever wondered how a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy could be implemented in the cloud? What applications can you protect in the cloud? Can you simplify your environment at a lower cost? What are the core benefits achieved as a result of implementing disaster recovery in the cloud, verses an on-premises solution? On March 25th, 2015 8.00 am PST, we hosted a Google+ Hangout event featuring VMware experts and our customers as they provide a technical deep-dive into the VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service. They shared some of the challenges they faced as well as best practices for solutions to those challenges and ways the service has helped their various businesses.

“The cost difference between doing it yourself versus hosting it on VMware was really something that was attractive to us. And it only took us about six months from the day I joined The Hut Group to the day that we were able to stand up and test a fully functioning website. We never failed a production but we were able to replicate the full production databases out of the full production website and to do that within 6 months makes me feel very good but it also gave the executives comfort that they knew that we now had a solution which would be useful and known when we came to have a disaster.”

— Schalk vd Merwe, IT Director, The Hut Group

Synergent

 

Synergent Taps VMware NSX for Micro- Segmentation and IT Automation in the Software-Defined Data Center

Synergent created a cloud-based multi-tenant environment built on VMware vCloud Suite Advanced and deploy VMware NSX to virtualize its network.

“Given our work in the financial sector, security is very important to us, and the ability to do micro-segmentation was critical to our selection of VMware NSX,” says Jackson. “We explored doing this at the hardware level, but quickly realized it was not feasible. The proven success of the NSX platform, and the integration of other industry leaders such as Arista Networks and Palo Alto Networks, helped solidify our decision.”

— Trever Jackson, Enterprise Infrastructure Architect, Synergent

KBC

 

A Trusted Advisor from VMware Professional Services Supports KBC

KBC needed a single point of contact to help support the careful planning of their virtualization program and to help maintain their mission-critical production systems. The Bank considers it important that there is a resource supporting the technology they purchase. They require access to Product Management and other VMware resources with someone on hand to guide them and make sure they have a voice within VMware. To meet these needs, they invested in the Technical Account Manager (TAM) Service.

“As a finance company, we want to know what we’re running in our data centers. Our VMware specialist goes deep into the VMware technologies, and we don’t want to make any compromises. When we are stuck in our design, when we have issues in test or production, when we want information on new tools or have new ideas, our TAM is our advocate, our helper and our solution provider.”

— Walter Adriaens, IT manager, KBC

Adarsh Credit Co-Operative Society Ltd.

 

Tackling rural poverty by encouraging the habit of saving with VMware vSphere

Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society launched in 1999 and has 800 branches across India. The company holds deposits totaling 3,685.41 crore in Indian Rupees (INR) and has made loans to the value of 3,816.99 crore INR, as of March, 2014. Headquartered in Rajasthan – India’s largest state, with its complete IT operations based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, the majority of its customers live in rural areas. VMware vSphere Enterprise and VMware vSphere for Operations Management enables Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society to continue its mission of helping improve the social and financial status of members through savings.

“Before we moved to VMware, server utilization was typically 20 to 25 percent. Today we are maximizing our utilization rates, enabling us to scale our services without adding any more servers. Take away VMware, and we would have had to buy at least five physical boxes, therefore adding to our cost base.”

— Mr Himanshu Shah, Chief Technology Officer, Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society Ltd

NX Systems

 

NX Systems talks about its journey with VMware so far and the solutions it is looking forward to deploying from the latest software-defined data center suite of products.

“The vSphere 6 announcement is very exciting for me – it provides two new features which we’ve been looking forward to for years – long distance vMotion and multi-core Fault Tolerance. VMware’s tighter integration between product components with vRealize automation operations and the SDDC are going to allow us to have a much more hands-off approach for the care and feeding of our infrastructure.”

— Matthew Sherian, Head of Engineering, NX Systems

NX Systems

 

NX Systems’ journey to the Software-Defined Data Center

NX Systems discusses how it has improved the flexibility of its infrastructure to handle more transactions by using VMware vCloud Suite. The company has increased the number of transactions processed per second from two to over two hundred.

“When you have a team of four to five hundred in other companies, our department was about sixty. Obviously we had to do the economies of scale and scale it out properly. However, where before the stress of the organisation was on the IT department keeping up with the sales team’s direction, their promises, with management targets, etc. now that we are focused on the technology and we have brought it up to speed, we are lowering much of our involvement on operations and doing much more of the R&D, optimisation and re-factoring.”

— Jonathan Bowman, CTO, NX Systems

Flushing Bank

 

Flushing Bank Enhances Security and Modernizes Branch Banking with VMware Horizon

Flushing Bank leverages VMware virtual desktops to address one of the most important challenges in banking today – ensuring customer data is as secure as possible.

"VMware was the key to resolving our security concerns with desktops. Our experience has been positive and we’re looking forward to more deployments with VMware."

— Alex Gellerman, Vice President, Systems Infrastructure, Flushing Bank

Thiel Capital

 

Thiel Capital is an investment firm founded by Peter Thiel. Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, Thiel Capital provides strategic and operational support for Peter’s many investment initiatives and entrepreneurial endeavors. Related organizations include Clarium, Founders Fund, Mithril, Valar Ventures, and The Thiel Foundation.

“We use vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, and so far we have had a positive experience. VMware’s team kept in good contact before, during, and after the installation. The product was pretty straightforward, despite Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) being a new offering.”

— Ryan Conley, System Administrator, Thiel Capital

Bank Audi

 

Bank Audi Bridges the Business/IT Gap with Help from VMware Professional Services. Business leaders sometimes see IT as a “black box”—a dauntingly complex function that is supposed to serve business objectives but often has its own agenda. And IT leaders sometimes find business goals to be disconnected from the realities of limited resources, budget, and staff. However, working closely with VMware Professional Services, Bank Audi found a way to bridge the gap between business and IT and create new business advantages.

“We definitely feel that we have a trusted relationship with VMware to start a long term journey to the bank we’re aspiring to build.”

— Danny Dagher, CIO, Bank Audi

LiquidCapital

 

Liquid Capital harnesses virtualization as key to innovation. In its charge to embrace tomorrow’s technology as a means to improve its customer’s experience, South African financial service provider to the motoring industry Liquid Capital, has made a significant investment in virtualizing its entire IT environment.

“You have to be brave, you have to have a business strategy and you must show results immediately as you build things for the future. If you need an effective disaster recovery solution it is simply a no brainer, you have to virtualize. It’s the catalyst for the future and without it you won’t be able to get to the cloud.”

— Billy van Zyl, General Manager IT, Liquid Capital

Planview, Inc.

 

VMware Webcast Series: Cloud Based Disaster Recovery in Action

No business likes to be vulnerable to downtime or loss of data. However, the complexity and expense of traditional disaster recovery solutions force many businesses to make tradeoffs, and operate with only a limited or no disaster recovery plans. VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery introduces native cloud-based disaster recovery capabilities for VMware vSphere virtual environments. Join us for this webcast and learn how recovery-as-a-service solution is helping businesses protect their environment by using the cloud. Customers featured in this webcast include: MIT Media Lab, National Physicians Services (NPS) and Plainview.

Customer Panel:

  • Michael Bletsas, Director of Computing, MIT Media Lab
  • Bryan Graven, CEO, National Physicians Services (NPS)
  • Jerry Sanchez, CIO, Hosting Operations, Planview

VMware Moderator:
  • Nicole Kim

“vCloud Air Disaster Recovery has been cost efficient, reliable and easy to use due to existing vSphere platform.”

— Jerry Sanchez, CIO Hosting Operations, Plainview

Banca Akros

 

Banca Akros decided to adopt VMware vSphere with Operations Management, implementing the system in the new infrastructure. The main objective of the adoption of VMware vSphere with Operations Management has been supporting the IT in the verification of the "health" of the virtualization platform to optimize the capacity and monitor the performance of the workload from a single point.

“From the outset, vSphere with Operations Management has proven itself invaluable for implementing VMware’s best practices to minimize risks and guarantee the functionality and efficiency of company systems”

— Davide Fanizzo, System Administrator, Banca Akros S.p.a.

Washington Trust Bank

 

See how Washington Trust Bank uses VMware Horizon with View to enable seamless mobility for all employees to serve their customers. better

"Where we really crossed over the acceptance threshold, in my mind, is when I could sit in a meeting with some of our line of business managers and hear them discussing their business strategy and their business plans around virtual desktop infrastructure."

— Chris Green, Enterprise Solutions Architect, Washington Trust Bank

IBC Bank

 

IBC Bank Changes VDI Economics with VMware Virtual SAN

By migrating data from more costly legacy solutions to VMware Virtual SAN, IBC Bank is enjoying significant cost savings and has changed the economics of their VDI deployment. With the new Virtual SAN solution in place, IBC Bank is able to simplify operations and more easily and cost-effectively expand its VDI footprint to deliver a more agile and budget-friendly solution.

“Virtual SAN lets us buy what we need, when we need it. With non-disruptive scaling, we can add more capacity or increase performance at any time without interrupting our operations. Virtual SAN enables us to be far more responsive to the constant changes in our environment.”

— Chris Reynolds, Senior Systems Engineer, IBC Bank

Large U.S. Financial Institution

 

A large financial institution deployed the VMware vCenter Log Insight solution on four nodes supporting 450 hosts and more than 12,000 virtual machines. The solution manages millions of log messages every day. It replaced a homegrown log management environment that was inefficient and didn’t provide adequate visibility into the organization’s reporting infrastructure. Now, with the Log Insight solution, this organization can resolve challenges quickly and spot latent problems before they cause infrastructure issues that impact critical business applications.

“vCenter Log Insight is our primary troubleshooting tool. Root-cause analyses … are 50 percent faster, just given that we don’t have to wade through as many logs to find answers.”

— Assistant Vice President of Virtualization, Large U.S. Financial Institution

Bank Audi

 

Based in Beirut, Bank Audi is the leading commercial bank in Lebanon and one of the fastest growing banks in the region. With a sizable presence in Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, France, and Switzerland, Bank Audi offers a full range of products and services that cover commercial and corporate banking, retail and individual banking, on-line brokerage, private banking, and investment banking. Danny Dagher, CIO of Bank Audi talks about the IT challenges the bank faced prior to its IT transformation project. They wanted to be able to treat IT as a business, to enable the bank to grow, but to support continued growth and a diversifying mix of customers and banking services required greater agility. Their IT transformation happened in 2 phases, phase one was infrastructure transformation via virtualization and cloud automation and phase two was expansion of their virtualization and additional automated cloud operations capabilities. IT is now able to serve as a true service broker for business initiatives and has become a revenue generating entity.

“Our service delivery model now incorporates the key strategic elements from VMware. We can run our own business more efficiently, so we can help our constituents run their businesses more efficiently, with transparency over their costs and revenues. They can now accelerate their business initiatives, from launching new products to improving productivity.”

— Danny Dagher, Chief Information Officer

China Merchants Securities (HK) Co., Ltd.

 

China Merchants Securities (HK) implemented a virtual desktop infrastructure to cut costs, improve data security and reduce its IT management load. Administration employees can now access their desktops from any location, while the IT team can now provision new desktops in 15 minutes, recover lost data within 30 minutes of a crash, and manage all user environments from a central location

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