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 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”
VMware Horizon Mirage provides Comverse with a complete backup solution, even for their remote employees.
"Due to many of our employees being located across the world, we needed to find a way to protect all of their data on their laptops. Mirage was the only solution that provides complete protection for all of our laptop information quickly and efficiently, while meeting our compliance needs".
Cork Institute of Technology
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is a Third level college based in the south of Ireland in Cork. The challenges they were looking to address in CIT was in relation to the online delivery of cloud computing courses. VMware View allowed them to deploy virtual desktops to the students and also they choose vCloud Director Product to deploy labs to students as well. Since these students use their own vAPP; with vCloud director, the vAPPs are segregated and they are isolated from other vAPPS so they can manipulate these tools, test these tools and not affect the network surrounding.
"We have been forging industry links with VMware and we had worked quite closely with VMware in developing cloud computing academic programmes and it was through these links and through the positive experience we had with VMware products previously that we decided to choose VMware View as the desktop deployment solution and vCloud Director."
Creative Solutions in Healthcare
Creative Solutions in Healthcare with VMware vCloud Air
Creative Solutions in Healthcare is the largest independent owner and operator of skilled nursing facilities in Texas. The company was founded in 2000 and today operates more than 49 skilled nursing and 13 assisted living facilities with a staff of 6,000 employees.
Creative Solutions in Healthcare strives everyday to enhance the quality of life for seniors in their care facilities. This extra service grants their patients the comfort in knowing that the company will go the extra mile to deliver the best possible care.
They believe that caring for the elderly is a high honor. Their resident-respect approach to caring is what continues to be the driving force in the core strategy of their company, including their focus on deploying proven, best-in-class technologies. Their love for their residents is best measured by the respect, dignity and compassion they extend daily to them.
As part of its commitment to delivering outstanding patient services, the company decided to migrate from its co-located physical environment to the cloud to save costs, improve application availability, and update its core infrastructure to comply with HIPAA requirements. After an early pilot with Microsoft Azure failed, the company turned to VMware to migrate quickly to a more robust infrastructure. Using VMware vCloud Air, Creative Solutions in Healthcare gained the technology and control to achieve HIPAA certification and improve application availability while reducing the IT budget by one-third. The company has been able to extend its capabilities to the cloud and implemented a sophisticated electronic health record (EHR) system, including electronic prescriptions and online physician orders, to improve staff agility and patient care.
"We are adaptable, we are ready, we got a very flexible infrastructure with VMware vCloud Air where if we need to motion in a new workload, we can do that more rapidly than any other vendor that we have worked with."
“That’s why we chose VMware vCloud Air as our infrastructure provider partner because we are able to focus on our interaction with our business peers and not have to mind all of the servers and all of the infrastructure and the networking. And we have partnered up with the best organization we feel in the industry to deliver that."
CSS Corp embraces virtualization to provide market-leading technology support services
CSS Corp is a leading technology company supporting enterprise and consumer products, managing IT infrastructure (stand-alone, Cloud-or Mobile-enabled) and deploying networks. CSS Corp adopted VMware virtualization to expand its business services, maintain the performance and availability of applications that are key to generating revenue, and boost its internal efficiencies.
“I’ve been working with VMware for more than a decade now and it continues to be a leader in virtualization. Its products are very stable, and we have not had any support concerns – their team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides skilled, technical advice.”
Dayton Superior Corporation
Dayton Superior Sees Concrete Benefits by Switching to a Virtual Desktop Solution with Guidance from VMware Professional Services
Dayton Superior worked with VMware Professional Services—including a VMware Dedicated Technical Account Manager—to deploy virtual desktops via VMware Horizon™ 6 Enterprise Edition for greater mobility, productivity, customization, and reliability for its workforce.
“From design and planning to deployment, VMware Professional Services was extremely responsive and focused on our needs at all times. Plus our VMware Dedicated TAM guided us throughout the project and continues to help us with ongoing planning and implementation.”
Department of Transport - Abu Dhabi
The Department of Transport (DoT) plans, develops and regulates an efficient and well-integrated transport system that contributes to the economic growth, quality of life and environmental sustainability of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. DoT serves the public interest by enhancing mobility and delivering safe, secure and environmentally responsible Aviation, Maritime, Public Transport and Highways sectors.
“VMware’s leadership, dedication, and sophisticated products helped the Department of Transport to virtualize its highly critical applications, thus enabling us to respond to our customers faster, power our Internal Corporate Services and Public transportation applications, and improve our services to the public in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that encourages the use of public transportation.”
EMC Corporation Consulting and IT Services for Life Sciences
EMC Documentum for Life Sciences Regains Its Competitive Edge with VMware vCloud Air
The EMC Documentum for Life Sciences sales force could not always effectively compete, because it took them several weeks to deploy a proof of concept while it took their competitors much less time. In addition, EMC sales engineers had to spend valuable time creating and managing demos. By hosting the EMC Documentum for Life Sciences solution on VMware vCloud® AirTM, EMC now creates and deploys their demo and proofs of concept environments in just a few minutes, and offers tighter security and better performance, both competitive differentiators.
EMC Documentum for Life Sciences helps accelerate product discovery and development. It streamlines and secures information and provides a flexible, secure, powerful and automated information infrastructure essential to speed processes governing research, clinical trials and GMP while reducing cost and complexity. The solutions consist of modules for research and development, clinical trials, regulatory submissions, and manufacturing to provide critical compliance with various global governmental oversight entities such as the FDA. EMC Documentum is the industry standard for regulated document management with more than 75 percent of leading life sciences enterprises relying on EMC Documentum solutions.
"VMware vCloud Air levels the playing field, making EMC as agile as our competitors. We simply can’t compete without it."
ExecuJet Aviation Group
The ExecuJet Aviation Group is a global business aviation organisation, offering a diverse range of services, including aircraft sales, management and charter. ExecuJet runs four data centres in Johannesburg, Capetown, Zurich and Dubai that underpin the IT for the entire organisation. The South African data centre desperately needed to upgrade a large amount of legacy infrastructure, and the company decided to consolidate its server infrastructure using VMware. Following their successful server virtualisation project, the management team got fully behind the IT team to explore the benefits of implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure. They looked into a number of options, but due to our great experiences with VMware and the range of features on offer, they choose to implement VMware View. By using VMware View, ExecuJet employees are now able to run Windows 7 from any internet-enabled device.
“Dealing with highly discerning clients means we have to be at the cutting edge of service and innovation. Being able to use Windows 7 on tablet devices with the help of VMware View has drastically increased flexibility and improved working practices across the board - from sales executives to pilots to maintenance engineers, all of which helps us deliver the best service possible to our customers.”
Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA)
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) runs on VMware vCloud Air
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), with over 19,000 members in 72 countries, is the professional association for the men and women who manage and maintain the game’s most valuable resource — the golf course. Today, GCSAA and its members are recognized by the golf industry as one of the key contributors in elevating the game and business to its current state.
GCSAA’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf.
After deciding their IT strategy included transitioning to a Software Defined Data Center, they evaluated several vendors. They decided to go with VMware and EMC for server and storage consolidation and virtualization. They are currently 90% virtualized, with a 100% goal in the next couple of years. Currently 50% of their production applications are hosted in vCloud Air (Learning Management and Association Management apps) with a goal of 100%. These applications are important in helping GCSAA to get their customers to learn how to play golf better but also in achieving their goals of growing the business.
They also needed a cloud-based solution that would help them with international expansion rather than having to set up data centers in various countries.
"To stay competitive and to take advantage of new business opportunities, we have to be scalable but also have an environment that is reliable and redundant. And hosting our production environments in VMware vCloud Air has allowed us to grow in a rapid pace in order to fulfill the needs of our current members and our future ones.”
“The best thing that we have experienced with VMware vCloud Air is that we are able to do more with less. And what that means is that having a managed infrastructure up in VMware vCloud Air allows our engineers to basically spin up production test dev environment quickly than we would have had in our previous hosting provide.”
The challenge was to overcome the limitations of physical infrastructure in a data center that had reached the limits of space and required electricity costs for maintenance. The company also wanted to provide its services as cloud. VMware vSphere allows all business-critical applications to run, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager provides security and reliability, while VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite simplifies IT activity.
"Our data center has always been a cost. In the last year, thanks to VMware, it's become a business. And everything seems to indicate that this will just keep getting better."
Heartland Payment Systems
VMware Software Defined Data Center at Heartland Payment Systems
Heartland runs secure transactions on VMware Software Defined Data Center, networking and storage solutions to offer small to medium sized merchants security protection to compete and grow as entrepreneurs in the global marketplace. Heartland’s rapid growth in the eCommerce field keeps them focused on virtualizing their technology infrastructure in order to handle their diverse products and platforms while managing industry risk and optimizing performance.
“Every single one of the transactions that we process runs on VMware so we are utilizing more of the VMware environment now like vRealize Automation stack to put in those governance steps that need to happen on the back end while delivering infrastructure faster to our customers.”
“Once we took a step back and realized what we were doing and the really better ways we could go about leveraging virtualization, software defined data center, software defined networking, software defined storage, we really kind of had an ah-ha moment.”
“Software defined data center is a big initiative for us. We want to get to the point where everything for us is software and configuration. We believe VMware has that similar vision.”
To improve operational efficiencies, Hertz International had a choice of either refreshing its existing infrastructure across its European locations at considerable expense, or implementing newer technologies. In addition to centralising the server estate, Hertz International wanted to simplify its complex desktop infrastructure, which constituted a considerable capital investment. Having over 4,000 PCs and laptops spread over 1,000 sites around Europe, upkeep and maintenance of these were real issue in terms of time, resource and cost. Following a review of the major offerings on the market, Hertz International decided to implement VMware View as it best suited the organisation’s needs and would easily integrate with its existing server virtualization infrastructure. It also made a decision to replace legacy desktop devices with zero client Wyse terminals.
“By virtualizing our server and desktop estate with VMware, we’ve cut costs, dramatically simplified our IT infrastructure and transformed how we support over 1000 desktops in our service centre in Dublin. We’re able to create and deliver even more innovative technology services to our users, while enhancing the experience we provide to our customers. The platform VMware has enabled us to build has given us extremely strong foundations to realise even greater benefits, as we add more and more services and extend the research of the programme internationally.”
This video montage, which aired during Bill Fathers keynote session at VMworld 2014, features customers using vCloud Air. SAIC, Iatric Systems and Perforce Software discusses how VMware vCloud Air is changing the way they do business and how they have benefited.
“The challenge was, how do we build a bigger system, vCloud Air has given us a solution that is cost effective, that is secure, that is robust, that is scalable but is something we can also implement very easily and rapidly for the customer”
Infosys pioneers implementation of VMware virtualization for SAP HANA on the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform to offer customers new SAP HANA based services running on VMware.
Infosys is a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing, and next-generation services. The company enable clients, in more than 50 countries, to stay a step ahead of emerging business trends and outperform the competition. Infosys needed to augment its physical infrastructure supporting its SAP HANA RDBMS and applications running at the Infosys HANA Center of Excellence in India. Infosys collaborated with VMware and Hitachi to make this a reality. By deploying VMware vSphere on Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for the SAP HANA platform and leveraging Hitachi’s SAP HANA VM templates, Infosys has gained the ability to rapidly provision new SAP HANA virtual machines and SAP Applications powered by SAP HANA, in a few minutes as opposed to days, while reducing the total cost of delivery by 85 percent.
“Our overall experience working with VMware has been deeply enriching and enabled us to achieve some significant economies. The customer care and account managers have offered their support to us anytime we need it.”
Join Experience S.A
JOIN is using a software-defined data center approach to deliver world-class 4G services and cloud infrastructure to customers, and VMware NSX is enabling the service provider to develop and scale new machine-to-machine (M2M), mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and other enterprise cloud service offerings across the European continent.
“We were able to define the best possible infrastructure that would give us the means to provide robust and flexible services and to foster a flexible growth.”
In 2010, KÜRT decided to offer its information security products also in the form of cloud-based services. The purpose of the project is to build a cloud which provides an advanced, scalable and secure environment for new and enhanced business services. Results achieved with VMware’s solution: 2-3 times less hardware compared to an infrastructure built on physical servers, less operators and less energy needed, Ready-made functions for ensuring the uninterrupted availability of services provided to customers, Ready-made functions for measuring service consumption and for supporting billing, High availability, cost-efficient implementation of a disaster recovery site, Quick self-service provisioning of, development and test environments, Efficient vendor support, advantageous partner program
“The services we are about to introduce also incorporate academic knowledge, and security will be at the core of our VMware-based cloud infrastructure and its operation. This is what sets us apart from other similar service providers.”
LifeSite Runs its Web Services Business in the Cloud with VMware vCloud Air
LifeSite’s unique platform provides an intuitive solution to organize, categorize, manage, and safely share information accumulated through every phase of life. LifeSite Vault guides users with easy prompts for entering and encrypting information in different categories such as personal, medical, people, pets, online accounts, career, finances, property, insurance, and legal – and provides convenient features to enter, attach, and share information and documents. The solution facilitates collaboration with family members and advisors, and lets users establish backup contacts, so that a trusted family member or loved one can access key personal information in the event of an emergency.
Security is the number one feature at LifeSite. They have designed solutions from the ground up, with the safety and security of customers' information in mind. LifeSite uses the latest military-grade security protocols, and are continuously monitoring and auditing their systems to maintain the highest level of security.
LifeSite selected VMware vCloud Air as its IT cloud platform for performance, reliability, and access to management and automation tools that will enable seamless ongoing development and deployment of new applications and features for customers. The vCloud Air platform delivers an enterprise-grade infrastructure-as-a-service with the security and network isolation, and platform high availability, LifeSite needs to run their businesses.
"Security is very important to us and we made a significant investment in 3 specific areas: password security, date encryption, and the environment. That's why decided to partner with VMware utilizing VMware's vCloud Air Service. We were looking for an environment where it could be single tenant and where we have dedicated resources. Given the high bar we have set for ourselves and our users, vCloud Air was the only choice. Partnering with VMware and utilizing their vCloud Air Service provides our users and us that level of trust we need."