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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

The Oberoi Group

 

The luxury hotel and tourism operator needed to improve returns on its technology assets. Implementing VMware Horizon View with VMware vSphere has reduced operating costs and enabled centralized control and maintenance of desktops and servers, while enabling employees to continue providing high-quality services to guests and corporate clients

"VMware Horizon View and VMware vSphere have improved our TCO by significantly extending the life span of client terminals in our hotels, and mimimizing the carbon footprint of our datacenter and end-user computing environment"

— Ashish Khanna, Assistant Vice President Corporate IT

The Waddington Group

 

A rapidly expanding group of manufacturing companies, The Waddington Group met the challenge of growth by leveraging VMware vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) to reduce time integrating backend systems by 80%. In addition, vSphere Data Protection Advanced increased reliability of backup and disaster recovery systems.

“The organization has been crying out for quicker implementation of new applications. Using vSphere with Operations Management, we can bring up new virtual hosts and deploy applications much more rapidly than in the past.”

— Paul Reed, Director of IT, The Waddington Group

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

Times Internet Ltd

 

Times Internet, the digital content delivery organisation of Times India, embarked on an aggressive Private Cloud deployment to deliver an elastic, scalable and highly reactive IT infrastructure. 3 datacentres were consolidated to two, and 800 physical servers consolidated to 100 VMs, all within months. With over 30 million unique visits every month, the Times Internet cloud brings high availability to media and content distribution.

"Two of the reasons for cloud were elasticity and scale. On Times of India if there is big news, you will see traffic growth to about 200 to 300%. At that point in time, if you didn’t have elastic infrastructure, you would have trouble in scaling that operation."

— Gautam Sinha, Chief Operating Officer & CTO

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

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

Vasakronan

 

Here, Sören Sandell, CIO at Vasakronan and Marcus Lindstedt, CEO of Excanto talk about Vasakronan’s journey of moving from a traditional office environment to an activity based offices and how Excanto helped in delivering their vision. In their new environment the individual is in the center, and through smart IT solutions that build on VMware vSphere and VMware View provides its employees the freedom to work whenever they want, wherever they want and on whichever device they choose, in a simple, accessible and secure IT environment.

Vitrociset Spa

 

Vitrociset Spa wanted to simplify desktop management via virtualization, enabling remote management of machines in terms of systems and applications. To offer new user services, such as portable client services, simultaneously reducing indirect costs associated with client maintenance. VMware Horizon Suite has made it possible to manage some 300 client devices, and their goal is to raise this to 600.

“Adopting VMware technology for desktop virtualization has been life-changing for us: it is an outstanding solution”.

— Massimo Salati, ICT Manager of Vitrocise

Vlerick Business School

 

In this video, Tommy Van Roye from Vlerick Business School, outlines how he standardised their IT environment to run all of the virtual applications on vSphere 5.5. In the beginning lot of physical machines were still in place so they standardised 99% of all their servers to this platform. Currently they are looking at next steps of virtualization and exploring different types of cloud computing.

Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd

 

Leading passenger car manufacturer turns to VMware vSphere to run a business-supporting application required to build a car every two minutes. Implementing a virtualized infrastructure delivered the reliability and performance needed to ensure the application met the company’s business needs.

"With the implementation of a virtualized server infrastructure using VMware and a NetApp MetroCluster, VW India now has a reliable and scalable IT solution to support business operations."

— Sameer Pise, Chief Information Officer

WorldPay

 

WorldPay wanted to create a completely automated environment to help customers provision infrastructure in a fast-paced environment. The company has completely overhauled its IT infrastructure. A major element of this was deploying network virtualization from VMware. Its estate is now 100% virtual.

“In finance, time to market is of the essence. Our customers rely on us being able to provide them with applications and infrastructure to support their payments in the quickest timeframe. VMware’s network virtualization has been crucial in allowing us to not just be fast, but instant.”

— Iain Blunden, Head Of Global Core Platform Application Development, WorldPay

Zebra Technologies

 

Zebra Technologies Rapidly Delivers Digital Workspaces Post Acquisition with VMware Horizon Air

Founded in 1969, Zebra Technologies Corporation started out as a leader in barcode printers and readers, providing companies with real-time manufacturing and logistics. In 2013, Zebra added to their portfolio of tracking and visibility technology with the Internet of Things (IoT) platform, Zatar. In 2014, Zebra acquired the enterprise business unit of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and now more than 7,000 employees in more than 110 offices around the world support the development and sales of Zebra software and hardware solutions. Zebra holds more than 4,200 asset management technology patents and employs more than 1,700 engineers. That commitment to innovation has landed Zebra on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2016. Today, Zebra’s primary mission is helping its global customer base, including more than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, harness real-world data for actionable business intelligence. Zebra Technologies needed to provide a digital workspace that would allow both existing and newly acquired employees to access the company network from anywhere. IT was exploring a hybrid-cloud approach for desktops to provide that flexibility to remote developers outside of headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illin. IT had been testing dinCloud for their Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution for about a year. However, end users complained about the product’s performance. For instance, when users moved their mouse, it dragged across the screen due to keyboard mapping issues that impacted response time.

"The performance was great, and the ease of deployment was really what sold Zebra on Horizon Air. It is incredibly easy to spin up a couple hundred desktops quickly. VDI became a huge success for us to get people onto Zebra’s network right through their basic Internet port.”

— Scott Myers, Cloud Architect, Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies

 

Zebra Technologies Handles Massive Motorola Merger with VMware vCloud Air Solution

Zebra Technologies builds logistical solutions that identify, track, and manage critical assets, people, and transactions. The company's end-to-end solutions combine mobile computers, scanners, specialty printers, radio-frequency identification (RFID) labeling, software, and services to give physical things a digital voice and provide companies with visibility into their business. Headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Zebra operates in 81 countries and employs a workforce of more than 7,000.

When Zebra Technologies bought Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business in 2014, it acquired 700 new applications and a massive hosting bill. By transforming its internal data center facilities to create a VMware private cloud, and by extending that environment with the VMware vCloud® Air™ service, Zebra created a hybrid private-public cloud with the scalability and flexibility to quickly migrate the Motorola workloads, retire the legacy hosting expense, and prepare for future growth.

"We have a cloud service provider who wrote the code that runs the cloud. If there's a problem with vCloud Air, VMware doesn't have to call anyone else. That made this a very simple decision."

— Kelly Jones, Consultant to the CIO, Zebra Technologies

Ziv Medical Center

 

Ziv Medical Center in Zefat previously had various distributed systems across the hospital and they wanted to unify them using a single solution which will be easy to manage, allow them to gain a unified view of all the systems simply and easily, and, of course, will be highly resilient. That's why they chose VMware View. The VMware view solution that they implemented at the zivMedical Center consists of two resilient storage systems that work in a cluster. This system caters for around 1,000 work stations. It's an environment that works as a 'Kiosk'. Their users enjoy a new work environment, a very fast one, with excellent response times. As a user logs in, he gets exactly what he needs. It's an environment that goes everywhere with him, it's dedicated to him - and roams with him. Doctors for example, may work in several different wards. They may finish work in one ward, log out, move to the next ward, log in - and receive a new environment that is adapted to their exact needs.

"The Ziv Medical Center in Zefat was founded roughly a century ago. It serves around 150,000 residents in the upper Galilee region, among them cities such as Karmiel, Kiryat Shmona, and Hatzor. This is the northernmost hospital in Israel and it therefore also often serves the IDF. They operate 1,000 PCs, 700 printers, and 80 servers, which are mostly VMware's. The vast majority of systems in the hospital are computerized. This includes labs, ORs, X Ray facilities, external infirmaries, hospital admissions, the trauma center and more. Our IT unit employs 11 people. One needs to understand that the systems we manage are life-supporting. These systems must be constantly up and running".

— Zion Levy, Head of IT Department, Ziv Medical Center

«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.

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ASVZ

 

ASVZ heeft een grote groep ambulante medewerkers die bij de cliënt thuis toegang tot de applicaties moeten hebben, maar ook artsen die overal toegang tot de gegevens van cliënten moeten hebben. Dankzij desktopvirtualisatie van VMware met tweeweg-authenticatie hebben medewerkers overal toegang tot hun virtuele desktop. Hiermee heeft ASVZ het "any place, any time" en bijna "any device" gerealiseerd.

"Samen met onze partner hebben we binnen tien weken een productierijpe virtuele desktop omgeving opgezet. We hebben een zogenaamde ‘golden image’ ontwikkeld voor distributie en authenticatie. Hierdoor hebben medewerkers via hun desktop snel en veilig toegang tot de applicaties die zij voor hun werk nodig hebben."

— Leon Urbanus, Hoofd ICT, ASVZ

Boekel De Nerée

 

Boekel De Nerée wilde haar serveromgeving consolideren om de hoeveelheid hardware terug te dringen. Op basis van VMware vSphere heeft Boekel De Nerée inmiddels 95 procent van de alle servers gevirtualiseerd, inclusief de bedrijfskritische systemen voor SAP, document management, SharePoint en mobiele apparatuur. Met VMware heeft het bedrijf meer grip op de centrale serveromgeving die alle bedrijfsapplicaties ondersteunt.

“Een belangrijk aspect van VMware is dat we nu onafhankelijk van hardware zijn, waardoor de flexibiliteit is toegenomen. Een nieuwe server inrichten is nu een kwestie van minuten. Voorheen duurde dit aanzienlijk langer. Capaciteit is dus ‘on-the-fly’ beschikbaar. Daarmee vergroten we de slagkracht van de IT-organisatie, maar belangrijker is dat we kernactiviteiten effectiever ondersteunen tegen lagere kosten.”

— Frank Keessen, ICT manager Boekel De Nerée

Casade

 

Woon- en wijkcorporatie Casade is voor haar dienstverlening en bedrijfsprocessen steeds afhankelijker van de ICT-omgeving. De digitalisering zet hard door en vereist een stabiele, betrouwbare en flexibele infrastructuur. Om deze ontwikkeling betrouwbaar te ondersteunen, wilde Casade de gehele infrastructuur vernieuwen, inclusief VMwarevirtualisatie, Microsoft-licenties, netwerk en storage. De ICT-partner ontwikkelde en implementeerde een compleet nieuwe ICT-omgeving. De bestaande servers zijn met VMware vSphere gevirtualiseerd. De fysieke rackservers zijn door virtualisatie losgekoppeld van het besturingssysteem en de applicatielaag. Als een fysieke server uitvalt, worden de virtuele servers automatisch verplaatst naar een andere fysieke server.

“We kunnen ons serviceniveau zowel intern als extern garanderen, de digitalisering van services voortzetten en calamiteiten snel en flexibel opvangen. Daarmee hebben we niet alleen onze doelstellingen gerealiseerd, maar behoren we op ICT-gebied absoluut tot de kopgroep in de onze sector.”

— Marco van Beurden, Financieel Manager van Casade

Fundaments

 

Door de inzet van VMware technologie en –ondersteuning beschikt Fundaments over een betrouwbare en schaalbare infrastructuur die volledig gedocumenteerd is en gebaseerd op best practices. Hierdoor kan de organisatie zakelijke klanten een compleet IaaS-aanbod leveren. Bovendien kan Fundaments snel nieuwe diensten ontwikkelen en deze uitrollen voor klanten. Tot slot is de infrastructuur zo ingericht dat deze eenvoudig is uit te breiden. Met scenario’s die VMware ontwikkelde zijn eenvoudig nieuwe clusters toe te voegen.

“De directe ondersteuning van VMware Professional Services bij het ontwerp en de inrichting van onze vCloudomgeving leverde ons veel tijdwinst op. Bovendien is het design nu volledig gebaseerd op best practices. We beschikken we nu over een gecertificeerde en goed gedocumenteerde omgeving.”

— Larik-Jan Verschuren, CTO Fundaments
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