City of Melrose
Melrose IT leaders are reducing their total costs of supporting applications by embracing hybrid cloud computing built on VMware to become a specialized managed-services provider.
"It’s not that big of a stretch to get to that point where you say, 'I can do this for another city or town.' That was actually the thought process several years ago, as we started to do our own internal consolidation. The idea was that if we do it for ourselves, why can’t we do it for others."
Clal Insurance Holdings
"The server farm has become 100% virtual. All the Windows or Linux based servers run on VMware vSphere. We have 500 virtual servers. Actually, for all intents and purposes, I have a private cloud here."
When I am asked “Why VMware?” the answer is clear. In every test that we’ve made the other solutions were fighting yesterday’s battles. It’s like comparing the space shuttle to a racing car, even if the racing car is the best possible. The wealth of tools, the ease of management, the integration with the world of storage, and the advantage of the DR give me the ability to do everything better, cheaper, and more long lastingly. In my opinion we saved more than 50% as compared to physical servers and software.
Clalit Health Services
Clalit Health services virtualized their IT environment using VMware solutions
"I see VMware's SDDC revolution as an evolution for the infrastructure of the private cloud. today, all the subject of storage management, security and network is taking a lot of resources. If we are able to virtualize and automate these components, there is no doubt we could improve our savings and deliver a better service for our customers".
Clarion is a law firm based in Leeds in the United Kingdom. They understand what their clients want and make sure their services are tailored specifically to their requirements. Clarion are also very passionate about new, exciting products and services in the evolving IT landscape. vSphere is the foundation of Clarions growing IT infrastructure and provides them with the tools they need to meet the dynamic requirements of the business. New services and systems can now be deployed within minutes, whereas typically this would have taken several months to complete. This has given the business significant cost savings in terms of hardware maintenance, power & cooling. They also now have the capabilities of moving parts of the infrastructure easily into a private cloud which enables further resilience to the infrastructure moving forward. Next steps for the company are to use VMware Horizon Workspace to create a secure controlled environment for employees and clients to access, edit and send legal documents across the world and more importantly from any device. They will enable them to share large volumes of legal files in a highly secure manner, both internally and externally.
"Horizon workspace will give us back time. And chargeable time is essentially how lawyers make money."
Cloud Business is a fast growing cloud consultant software company based in the UK. They needed UK hosting for their customers and to provide a platform that would allow their business to grow significantly over the next 10 years. When they were looking for a cloud solution, they needed 3 things: enterprise class, the data to be hosted in the UK, and a predictable pricing model. The only provider that could guarantee all 3 services was VMware vCloud Air.
Cloud on Demand
When cloud vendor and Hybrid Cloud enablement partner, Cloud on Demand, looked for a solution that would pave the way for its business and provide the basis for the cloud and hybrid cloud services it sought to provide customers, the company elected to invest in the VMware SDDC (software-defined data centre) as its technology of choice.
“A huge benefit for us is that we have an immediate addressable market. Using the VMware technologies we have been instantly accepted in the market, without having to now educate and court them. This also extends to the training of our reseller base, who are already comfortable with the VMware technologies,”
CMBI (Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics)
With the High Performance Computing cloud platform offers CMBI the flexibility to get started quickly calculating protein structures and scaling up indefinitely. Additional computing power is simple and immediately available. This saves the CMBI much time and money.
“Five years ago we would have needed servers across Europe for our calculations, but now this cloud platform suits our needs very well”.
Extension of the SAP environment and creation of new financial applications to improve ColiPoste’s flexibility in management, operations and its analysis capacity.
“As SAP-based financial systems become more and more critical for companies like ColiPoste, helping us streamline management and reporting tasks, the underlying IT infrastructure has become just as vital. With VMware, we have built a high-performance, responsive infrastructure which is also secure”
Colt Technology Services
Gideon Wilkins, Director of Strategic Partner Management at Colt Technology Services, explains how they have been using a broad range of VMware solutions, including Horizon Suite and vCloud Suite. The leading technology and services company has improved operations internally, as well as its external offering to customers, with Colt being able to support desktop-as-a-service and virtual data centers for both enterprise partners and the channel. The Software-Defined Data Center, in conjunction with vCloud Datacenter, will enable Colt to offer a feature rich service to its customers.
Columbia Memorial Hospital
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“We were quick to recognize that Medical Grade ftServer systems offered the reliability, simple operation and VMware support necessary to underpin a private cloud model for EHRs.”
Columbia Sportswear's software-defined data center is built on VMware technology:
Columbia Sportswear is enabling the business by letting the business decide what performance criteria they need, where they need their data hosted, and then to rapidly configure and deploy those resources using VMware vCloud Suite and the software-defined data center architecture. From an IT perspective, Columbia can determine the right fit for its business, and is empowered to make resource decisions based on what the business is asking—without having to go back to its business teams and explain architecture limitations. Columbia’s application resources are available as needed, anywhere in the world.
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“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".
Global CRM, ERP Software IT Department Supports R&D Teams, Delivers SaaS Through VMware Technology, BlueLock Virtual Datacenters
“Consona’s need to be flexible and nimble is immense. VMware technology and BlueLock Virtual Datacenters in the public cloud enable fast deployment, management ease, and the ability to expand and shrink capacity as needed.”
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."
Cornerstone Community Bank
Cornerstone Community Bank chose VMware for its server virtualization and need for High Availability. Since using VMware the bank has experienced cost reduction in the purchase and maintenance of physical servers, and has implemented a disaster recovery plan that can be tailored to meet the ease-of-use but also scalability needs of a small IT staff.
“VMware is critical to our disaster recovery. It saves us many, many hours. At my previous place of employment, it took us about 12 to 14 hours to get a domain controller up in a disaster recovery test. With VMware, we're able to stand up our domain controller in about 4 hours.”
VMware virtualization has allowed Corporate Express to improve the agility and flexibility of its IT systems, and align its technology closely with business needs. It has also provided a powerful reference for customers of its external IT service delivery business unit.
“We have built an agile, dynamic infrastructure platform that supports our IT team’s strategic approach to managing requests from our business units. We don’t have to go back and re-architect an environment every time because everything is virtualized.”
Deploying VMware Virtualization Has Enabled CS Energy To Achieve Near 100 Per Cent Availability, While The Additional Redundancy Provided By Tools That Move Running Virtual Machines Away From A Failing Host Provides Further Assurance To The Business.
“Implementing VMware virtualization has enabled us to deliver near 100 per cent availability and improved redundancy and performance of critical applications such as our SAP ECC6 enterprise resource planning system.”
Digital News Site Gains Uptime, Speed, Flexibility Through VMware-Based Cloud Solution from Virtacore
“We broke our application out into stacked vertical tiers and put it on the cloud platform for flexible allocation of resources that can scale quickly to meet user and business demands.”
DaiWa Capital Markets Hong Kong Limited
Daiwa Capital Markets Hong Kong had rapidly expanded its datacenter to host more than 500 physical servers, which was becoming increasingly difficult to manage. The company wanted to ensure high availability of its financial services applications and deliver a disaster recovery solution that would eliminate downtime. After considering solutions from Microsoft and Red Hat, the organization chose to work with VMware partners HP and Systex International to design and implement a virtual infrastructure using VMware vCenter Server 5.1 to provide centralized management for VMware vSphere 5.1 Enterprise Plus and high availability through vSphere vMotion.
"Through VMware we have achieved 80 percent utilization of server resources. This means we can run significantly more server resources without increasing energy consumption."