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TiAuto (Pty) Ltd.

 

Full visibility, improved performance and ability to further sweat IT assets

TiAuto was looking for a system that would enable it to deploy a charge back functionality across all of its seven divisions. It needed a system that would give the IT team a view of what each department was running, how much hardware they were using and in short summarize if the systems / servers it had in place were in fact healthy. After rolling out vSOM, the company had an instant view of its some 120 virtual machines and the benefits to the business were immediate as the TiAuto IT department could instantly identify which machines hadn’t been provisioned properly as well as where there was fault or capacity in its systems which could then be optimized.

“vSOM has been fantastic for the business as we can now benefit from adding more virtual machines on what we already have as we can resize our existing environment without running the risk of oversizing the storage. From a management perspective IT can now provide our executive team a visual report that shows them exactly how much hardware we use across the group. It goes as granular as defining what each hardware component is doing and in turn we can justify what we need and can qualify each infrastructural investment.”

— David van Vuuren, Group ICT Manager, TiAuto

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

California Natural Resources Agency

 

California Natural Resources Agency Gains Agility Across Multiple Agencies Through a Software-Defined Data Center Strategy

A Briefings Direct podcast on how a large state agency is harnessing virtualization to do more with less and remain agile and efficient.

“We consider VMware a strategic partner. We basically only want to work with business partners. We don’t want to work with vendors, because we don’t need someone to sell us something and walk away. VMware has been hand-in-hand with us for this whole journey.”

“From looking at VMware, virtualization is the standard. If you don’t take it on, then you really won’t be able to respond to business needs. When the official IT organization becomes obsolete, there are going to be ad-hoc IT organizations and those would become the norm. If you want to be relevant, you have to use every tool set that you can to provide the business needs.”

— Michael Hom, Data Center Chief in the IT InfrastructureServices Branch for the California Department of Water Resources

Columbia Sportswear

 

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”

— Tim Melvin, Director of Global Technology Infrastructure, Columbia Sportswear

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

Phoenix Software

 

Phoenix Software increases sales whilst delivering cost savings to the public sector with VMware vSOM

Phoenix Software, a VMware Premier Partner, is working with public sector organisations to gain operational insight into the health of their virtual environment with VMware Operations Management. By providing this insight, hundreds of organisations are upgrading from VMware vSphere to vSphere with Operations Management, while opening up further sales opportunities for Phoenix Software. At the same time, VMware’s management tool is enabling public sector organisations to achieve more with their IT infrastructure at a lower cost, ultimately improving the efficiency of front line services.

“VMware vSphere with Operations Management has been an absolutely crucial part of our public sector offering, enabling us to deliver significant cost savings to local councils, NHS Trusts and higher education establishments, as well as a number of private sector businesses. At the same time, the outstanding results of vSOM have opened up fantastic sales leads, not only in terms of upgrades from pure vSphere to vSphere with Operations Management, but also for other solutions which span across the wider infrastructure including desktop and applications.”

— Ben Rayner, VMware Business Manager, Phoenix Software

«Мобильные ТелеСистемы» (МТС)

 

Here how MTS, biggest operator in the fixed mobile business in Russia managed to reduce basically the overall cost of IT by around 50% and the overall opex reduced by 50% using VMware solution.

Pea Soup Hosting

 

As fast growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider, Pea Soup has built its business model on VMware’s Virtual SAN in order to offer a flexible, reliable and affordable cloud for their customers.

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Royal Academy of Music

 

The Royal Academy of Music (RAM) needed to reduce its IT spending and the management burden of its physical IT estate, while providing more flexible ways of working for students and staff and freeing up more space for music practice and tutoring. The Royal Academy of Music selected VMware Horizon View and VMware vSphere to virtualize its servers and desktop PCs.

“Space is of a premium at the Royal Academy of Music, so we were under huge pressure to reduce the amount of space we were using for IT. Using VMware’s Horizon View was the obvious solution. The technology has had an instant impact and by virtualizing our desktop PCs, we have been able to free up two music rooms – 212 hours a week of practice and tuition time for our musicians - while allowing flexible working for staff and students and reducing our IT hardware bill by over £50k. The combination of a server and desktop virtualization project has also freed up a tremendous amount of time to focus on more strategic IT projects rather than hardware and software maintenance and troubleshooting.”

— Duncan Malthouse-Hobbs, Head of Technology, Royal Academy of Music

Region Hovedstaden

 

VMware Professional Services to Bring Virtualization to Danish Health Care System. Working closely with a VMware Technical Account Manager, the region is making effective use of VMware Horizon View to support 25,000 clinicians. Region H had used VMware server solutions for several years, and they wanted to extend the benefits of virtualization out into the organization with a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). In particular, it wanted to give its 25,000 clinicians—who are on the front line of delivering care— fast, easy, and secure access to the IT systems they need to do their jobs. To do so, Region H decided to implement VMware Horizon View for desktop virtualization.

“The TAM felt like someone who was very much ‘our man’ and looked at things from our point of view. And this saved time and effort for us.”

— Morten Møllegaard, lead technical project manager working with Region H

Region Hovedstaden

 

VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care Solution helps improve patient care in Region Hovedstaden, the Capital Region of Denmark. By the mid-2000s, the Danish government regislated for healthcare providers to improve an impossible situation where legacy IT systems was negatively impacting patient care. Region H tasked its IT department with providing 25,000 healthcare workers with an e ective, fast and agile workspace, accessible from any device, anywhere. Out of a number of possible solutions, they chose the VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care Solution, leading to time savings, improved productivity, and reduced support costs.

“We chose VMware for this project because of its product and engagement flexibility, which we saw in the pilot phase. This has lived up to our expectations during the production implementation.”

— Morten Møllegaard, lead technical project manager

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

Premier League

 

In moving to a virtualised desktop environment with VMware Horizon View, the Premier League has increased staff mobility – both supporting bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives and giving users the option to access corporate information in the way that suits them best - and from any location.

“We take pride in equipping all staff with the latest and best technology to do their jobs in the most effective way possible. VMware Horizon View has enabled us to deliver flexible working and mobility for all staff, giving them access to the same applications and information as they have in the office, but from anywhere, on any device, as and when they may need to use them.”

— Simon Thunder, Head of IT at the Premier League

Kent County Council

 

By moving to a virtualized desktop environment with VMware, Kent County Council is able to rapidly accelerate the migration of its 4,000 devices away from Microsoft XP – saving over £560,000 in the process and causing minimal disruption to staff . Its new virtual desktop environment has also enabled the council to reduce IT management overheads while providing new levels of mobility, flexibility, security and integration across different council departments, which delivers an enhanced service to the Kent community.

“VMware Horizon Suite will save us more than £2 million on hardware over the next three years through zero clients and lower powered machines; plus £160,000 in software rationalisation; and £560,000 in saved technician time for our Windows XP migration, and critically freeing our IT staff for more strategic work – such as management and web services - to enhance the all-round customer experience for the local community.”

— Glen Larkin, Lead Technical Architect, Kent County Council

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.”

— Saeed Al Ghailani, Head, Infrastructure and Telecom

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

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.”

— Michael Mossal, CIO, JOIN Experience

Datacentrix

 

Partner testimonial as to how effectively the VOA assesments tool worked for their customers, providing quantifiable results on how much it has saved its customers.

Some typical feedback we got was that the customers saw that the SQL DBA insists on more memory, whereas VOA clearly indicated that they are not even using a quarter of that memory. It quickly highlighted to us what the root cause of performance problems were.

— Jay Dempsey & Marius Redelinghuis, , Solutions Architect

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.
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