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Queens University of Charlotte

 

Queens University of Charlotte and VMware vCloud Air

What began as a small college for women in 1857 has evolved into a co-ed, comprehensive, master's-level university with a commitment to liberal arts and professional studies. Today, Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina serves approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students through its six accredited schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Blair College of Health (including the Presbyterian School of Nursing), the Cato School of Education, the Knight School of Communication and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies.

With a mission to provide a transformative educational experience and a global perspective, Queens University of Charlotte needs a platform that allows students to log in from anywhere, at any time to support its global learning and understanding initiatives—and that’s where VMware comes in.

VMware used vCloud Air to move the University’s production servers, without interruption to the domain controller for access management, ensuring Microsoft was continuously available for teachers and students to access emails. VMware vCloud Air was also used to host the University’s main website as well as a resource DNS server to be available 24/7 to alumni, prospective students, and donors.

Using vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, the University was able to host some of the apps they weren’t ready to move to the cloud like a CRM for recruiting students, fundraising servers, and other ERP systems.

“Queens University of Charlotte is growing and changing significantly with new programs and with new methods of teaching and delivering our mission to serve rather than to be served. And we require partners’ who can help us in that mission and VMWare has been one of those partners.”

— Brian Baute, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Queens University of Charlotte

Queens University of Charlotte

 

Queens University of Charlotte and VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery

What began as a small college for women in 1857 has evolved into a co-ed, comprehensive, master's-level university with a commitment to liberal arts and professional studies. Today, Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina serves approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students through its six accredited schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Blair College of Health (including the Presbyterian School of Nursing), the Cato School of Education, the Knight School of Communication and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies.

With a mission to provide a transformative educational experience and a global perspective, Queens University of Charlotte needs a platform that allows students to log in from anywhere, at any time to support its global learning and understanding initiatives—and that’s where VMware comes in.

VMware used vCloud Air to move the University’s production servers, without interruption to the domain controller for access management, ensuring Microsoft was continuously available for teachers and students to access emails. VMware vCloud Air was also used to host the University’s main website as well as a resource DNS server to be available 24/7 to alumni, prospective students, and donors.

Using vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, the University was able to host some of the apps they weren’t ready to move to the cloud like a CRM for recruiting students, fundraising servers, and other ERP systems.

“VMware vCloud Air allows us to provide anytime, anywhere service for all of our faculty, staff and students in a way that they can trust and they know that it will be available no matter where they are or no matter what’s happening with our on-campus environment.”

— Brian Baute, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Queens University of Charlotte

Rent-A-Center

 

VMware vRealize Suite Transforming IT as Rent-A-Center

Learn how Rent-A-Center, a leader in the rent-to-own space in North America, uses the vRealize Suite and automation and hybrid cloud management capabilities to empower and speed infrastructure delivery to modernize their IT infrastructure and point of sale software delivery.

“Before we had these tools (vRealize Suite and NSX), it took literally dozens of people a week to get a store deployed. Just because of all the back-end changes that had to occur. With the new tools, we’re able to deploy a hundred stores a day with minimal staff.

In addition to the time savings, with the use of the infrastructure tools that come with the vCloud Suite, we have an 85% (improvement) in infrastructure utilization, in time to deploy, in disk space utilization… it’s just been a tremendous savings in every dimension.”

— Michael Conroy, Senior Infrastructure Architect, Rent-A-Center

Rishon Le Zion municipality

 

LeZion Lezion is Israel's fourth largest city, with a population of 250,000 residents. It implemented VMware vSphere , upgraded it's DR site to be based on the VMware SRM solution and added another environment, which is the DMZ environment, and it is, too, based on VMware vSphere. Over 1.5 billion Shekels are handled by the system annually! In the coming work year they are planning to expand this to a hybrid cloud, in compliance with municipal regulations.

Rishon LeZion municipality set a strategic goal of improving services to its residents. VMware's solutions help us fulfill that goal in the best way possible.

— Itzik Carmeli , CIO CTO, Rishon LeZion Lezion Municipality

SAIC - (Science Applications International Corporation)

 

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.

“So we view vCloud Air and the other products within the vCloud portfolio as a platform we can leverage to create unique and compelling solutions for our customer in the cloud space. Without the flexibility of the platform, the speed of delivery of new services and the capabilities provided by the platform we would pass frankly on a lot of opportunities in the market.”

— Coby Holloway, Vice President and Service Line Director of Cloud Computing Technologies and Business Transformation Services, SAIC

SAIC - (Science Applications International Corporation)

 

SAIC – Unified Hybrid Cloud Management

Learn from their VP of Cloud Computing and Business Transformation how SAIC, a public systems integration firm, uses the entire vRealize Suite and its hybrid cloud management capabilities to empower and speed infrastructure delivery and keep their internal customers competitive.

“By applying automation, rapid provisioning, self-service, those elements that we get from the VMware product suite, that gives us a competitive advantage and a differentiator in terms of addressing the needs of our customers more quickly than our competition.”

"By moving to vRealize Automation and the rest of the vCloud Suite in a hybrid cloud model–pre-provisioning, pre-configuring those resources and the templates and blueprints and services associated with that, our customers, can now provision resources and entire platforms that meet all of our security standards within minutes.”

— Coby Holloway, VP, Cloud Computing & Business Transformation, SAIC

SAIC - Cloud Computing at SAIC

 

Cloud Computing at SAIC

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), based in McLean, Virginia, provides information technology, system integration, and e-business solutions worldwide. These solutions include big data and analytics, cloud computing, cybersecurity, IT managed services, networks and communications, and software and mobility services. SAIC’s primary customer is the United States government, but its 13,000 employees also deliver systems engineering and integration offerings to large-scale government and commercial projects across the globe.

What is unique about SAIC is their dedication to delivering quality mission-oriented technical services and solutions and to contributing to the security of our nation and the well-being of our local communities. They not only believe high ethical standards are essential to achieving individual and corporate goals but they can also apply their core values to all their interactions with their customers, fellow employees, suppliers and subcontractors, neighbors, and stockholders.

vCloud Air represents an opportunity to create synergies between existing vSphere deployments and the investments SAIC has already made in operational procedures. For the company, the solution is familiar, less expensive and faster to deploy than other cloud service provider options—all of which leads to increased availability of services for SAIC clients and higher customer satisfaction.

The addition of VMware vCloud Government Services provided by Carpathia makes it easier to address security concerns while offering hybrid cloud services to public sector clients. SAIC sees vCloud Government Services as being almost the perfect platform for delivering enterprise IT that includes cloud but also recognizes that there’s a much broader set of services that have to be delivered in the IT portfolio.

"At SAIC, we use vCloud Air because we already have a large investment in vSphere technology. It was very straight forward for us to migrate our IT Services from our existing virtualization environment into a vCloud Air Platform. Additionally, we have a large base of trained personnel on VMWare Management technologies making it very easy for us to integrate our technology with VMWare's Cloud Service Provider offerings known as vCloud Air."

"SAIC sees vCloud Government Services as being a very viable Cloud Services Platforms for the entire US Government. It's one of the reasons we are heavily investing in becoming very technically proficient and building solutions on top of it. The Federal App Accredited Cloud Provider environment that VMWare offers provides a migration path for vSphere users today which is a large portion of our customer base that makes it straight forward to integrate with existing management solutions and to migrate workloads back and forth between that Fed App Accredited Community Cloud and their existing private side Cloud environment."

— Coby Holloway, VP, Cloud Computing & Business Transformation, SAIC

SAIC and VMware

 

SAIC and VMware

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), based in McLean, Virginia, provides information technology, system integration, and e-business solutions worldwide. These solutions include big data and analytics, cloud computing, cybersecurity, IT managed services, networks and communications, and software and mobility services. SAIC’s primary customer is the United States government, but its 13,000 employees also deliver systems engineering and integration offerings to large-scale government and commercial projects across the globe.

What is unique about SAIC is their dedication to delivering quality mission-oriented technical services and solutions and to contributing to the security of our nation and the well-being of our local communities. They not only believe high ethical standards are essential to achieving individual and corporate goals but they can also apply their core values to all their interactions with their customers, fellow employees, suppliers and subcontractors, neighbors, and stockholders.

VMware on- and off-premises software-defined data center architecture powers fast deployment of applications and services. It includes the VMware vCloud Air solution and VMware vCloud Government Services, provided by Carpathia to enable them become more competitive in their environment. They have also added NSX to help with security.

"So within SAIC's partner taxonomy, VMWare is what we call an Alliance Partner which means we view VMWare as a partner that we can create truly differentiated solutions jointly with and bring those solutions to market together. Our goals for our partnership with VMWare are to create the next generation set of IT service delivery capabilities to address our Customers' needs.”

"So Cloud Computing and Automation Technologies are allowing us to do things more quickly, more efficiently, more consistently, more securely than we have ever been able to do before and watching the adoption and integration of all the new technologies like software defined data center."

— Coby Holloway, VP, Cloud Computing & Business Transformation, SAIC

SAIC – Training and Simulation Systems with VMware

 

SAIC – Training and Simulation Systems with VMware

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), based in McLean, Virginia, provides information technology, system integration, and e-business solutions worldwide. These solutions include big data and analytics, cloud computing, cybersecurity, IT managed services, networks and communications, and software and mobility services. SAIC’s primary customer is the United States government, but its 13,000 employees also deliver systems engineering and integration offerings to large-scale government and commercial projects across the globe.

SAIC has a successful track record of delivering training and simulation solutions that improve training proficiency, reduce operating costs, and maintain compliance for individuals, groups, and large, complex organizations. SAIC’s structured training, education, and simulated environments bring together the skills, subject matter expertise, and technology for defense and civilian organizations to succeed and enables users to practice emergency procedures without the risks of actual field training.

SAIC has joined forces with VMware to develop a Simulation-as-a-Service solution (SIMaaS) that removes the cost and access barrier for agencies. The joint SIMaaS solution, deployed on VMware® Horizon 6 over vCloud® Air™ and SAIC (SIMaaS) platform, is capable of delivering simulation trainings to any device without requiring powerful computers on-site at customer locations. SIMaaS can deliver training programs similar to what organizations get in a dedicated training facility without the prohibitive costs.

"At SAIC we are all about delivering value to our customers through innovation and our partnership with VMWare is enabling us to deliver a novel solution that is going to make a difference in the training and simulation community.”

— Bob Kleinhample, Vice President, Simulation and Training Systems, SAIC

SAP AG

 

Claus-Henning Cappell, Program Lead for Strategic Innovation at SAP Global IT, and Petra Bernhoff, Global Program Manager Virtualization and Cloud Management at SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG outline the successful partnership between SAP and VMware. They also introduce SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management 1.0 which integrates into VMware Management Tools.

"I think we have a very good strategic partnership between VMware and SAP. In this partnership we have been able to rethink everything that is essential to the cloud. As a result we have a very deep integration between SAP and VMware's way of managing our infrastructure."

— Claus-Henning Cappell, Program Lead Strategic Innovation at SAP Global IT

SAP AG

 

SAP partners with VMware to transform their businesses with software-defined architectures and solutions. Video from Keynote at VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona.

— Martin Heisig, Senior Vice President Infrastructure Services, SAP AG

Seventy Seven Energy Inc. (77NRG)

 

VMware vCloud Air at Seventy Seven Energy (77NRG)

Seventy Seven Energy is an Oklahoma-based company that offers drilling, pressure-pumping, oilfield rental tools and trucking services and they serve major E&P companies in the United States. They have around 3,500 employees. Their commitment is to offer best-in-class oilfield services to their customers. Seventy Seven Energy delivers world-class technology, operational efficiency and proven industry experience to equip their customers with sustainable competitive advantage.

They choose to use VMWare vCloud Air over some of the other competitors in the market because they knew the name. VMWare has been around for years, and they trusted us as an organization. vCloud Air also gave them the flexibility that they needed for the organization especially since they have decided to not have a data center. vCloud Air holds current applications such as directory, operational applications, SECM as well as applications that support the field.

“We chose vCloud Air over some of the public Cloud providers because of their ability to flex with us and provide us consistency and reliability for traditional applications that don't always work well in public Clouds.”

— Jarin Dykstra, Sr. Manager, Information Systems, Seventy Seven Energy

Seventy Seven Energy Inc. (77NRG)

 

VMware and Seventy Seven Energy (77NRG)

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Seventy Seven Energy provides a wide range of wellsite services and equipment to U.S. land-based exploration and production customers operating in unconventional resource plays.

VMware Horizon Air, vCloud Air, and AirWatch, all being hosted solutions, gave Seventy Seven Energy the flexibility to manage the constant acquisition and divesture cycle of the oil industry.

“We chose to use VMware over some of the other competitors in the market because VMware had been around for years, and we trust the organization.”

“What we found from VMware was a maturity that we didn't find in the other vendors -- that made it easy, to make the transition.”

— Jarin Dykstra, Sr. Manager, Information Systems, Seventy Seven Energy

Seventy Seven Energy Inc. (77NRG)

 

Seventy Seven Energy goes 100% cloud in only four months with VMware and AirWatch Solutions

In the volatile oil and gas industry, Seventy Seven Energy (77NRG) needed a virtualization solution that could scale quickly to support thousands of users under a tight deadline. With a small IT staff and limited resources, the company wanted a complete cloud-hosted solution. With a combined VMware Horizon® Air™, VMware vCloud® Air™ and AirWatch® Enterprise Mobility Management solution, 77NRG successfully delivered virtualized resources to 2,500 employees within just four months.

“VMware Horizon Air enables employees to access their desktop from any location, even at Grandma's house. I've had employees approach me to tell me how great it is that they can get home and start working exactly where they left off in the field. And they can use the same familiar desktop they have on other devices. This has been the key for users – they love it.”

— Jarin Dykstra, Sr. Manager, Information Systems, Seventy Seven Energy

Tata Consultancy Services

 

The IT Infrastructure Services division of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) provides Indian businesses access to infrastructure, applications and other resources from the cloud. By using VMware virtualization to power its India Cloud Platform, TCS can reduce customer costs by 30 percent, bring new customers on board in 20 days, and deliver minimum infrastructure availability of 99.9 percent and application availability of 99.5 percent."

"We went with VMware because of the abundance of skill and knowledge about the vendor’s virtualization technologies in the marketplace, and the fact no other product was as mature."

— Mahesh Menon , Head - TCS-IT IS India Cloud Platform

Telefonica Spain

 

Telefonica are a leading integrated operator in the telecoms sector, providing communication, information and entertainment solutions. Operating in 25 countries, they have over 300 million customers. A Software Defined Data Centre approach has provided Telefonica with virtualized infrastructure services intelligence, to automate provisioning on demand. This integrated solution for hybrid cloud infrastructure simplifies the work of IT administrators while providing the best service level agreements for all applications.

"We selected VMware because we can cover the whole end-to-end solution, we are now able to fulfill all the different requirements from our customers."

— Francisco Hernansanz, Cloud Services Product Manager, Telefonica

Tribune Media

 

Business Transformation at Tribune Media

Tribune Media has over 42 owned or operated TV Stations, WGN Cable, Gracenote for Entertainment Metadata and Tribune Movie Studios, and is one of the nation’s largest independent broadcasters. VMware has really helped Tribune Media stop the conversations around technology, focusing instead on the outcomes it needs to operate the business. Now they can concentrate on increasing security capabilities, decreasing costs and responding to customer needs faster. Tribune Media can grow the business and go after new markets, and that translates into more revenue per customer.

“VMware has been really critical to drive the fluidity back to the business. My head of engineering has literally a saying over his door. It says, ‘If we can’t automate it we don’t need it’. If we deploy an application in our infrastructure to automate processes, we give that time back. What ends up showing up to the business is our ability to do more projects and do them faster, cheaper and better.”

— David Giambruno, SVP and CIO, Tribune Media

Tribune Media

 

See How Tribune Media Succeeds with VMware Automation

See how Tribune Media tripled its productivity and kept staffing costs in check with the VMware vRealize Cloud Management Platform, including vRealize Automation. Application setup and configure times are now measured in minutes instead of days, all with help from VMware's Cloud Management Platform.

"We looked at the whole technical landscape, and we came to a really simple conclusion. We knew we were going to build an internal cloud to put our core internal operation platforms on. How do we operate faster, cheaper, better, and more secure? VMware was the choice.”

“In five months, we set up this infrastructure. We moved 141 apps onto the infrastructure and we had 9 helpdesk calls. So guess what? It works. It really works.”

“We have gone from the Flintstones to the Jetsons in less than 18 months."

“It’s literally ‘click a button’ to provide services and capabilities out to the business. We operate in minutes and seconds, not days and weeks.”

— David Giambruno, Senior Vice President and CIO, Tribune Media

University of Derby

 

The University of Derby wanted technology to improve the running of its IT estate, including its business critical applications running Oracle Databases. Having virtualized a number of smaller applications to start with by early 2012, the University of Derby decided to move its Oracle PeopleSoft applications across to its virtual infrastructure to help increase the efficiency and agility of services.

“We virtualised our most critical business applications with VMware and completely rely on it to keep them agile. We started virtualizing with VMware to save costs, but now it has become an absolutely crucial technology to support our current and future IT infrastructure”

— Ianto Jones, Servers and Storage Manager at the University of Derby

University of Zurich

 

The University of Zurich was considering modifications to its in-house infrastructure which would permit it to react to potential disruptions in the OLAT system with more agility. The solution focused on VMware vFabric tc Server, since it was critical for the migration that the integration be able to proceed problem-free. The operations team now has a central console for monitoring and management of the application server. As a result, potential problems can now be detected before they occur, so that timely action can be taken before users are impacted.

“VMware vFabric tc Server has significantly accelerated the deployment of new application servers, reducing time to market of new functionality.”

— Dr. Alan Moran, Head of OLAT
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