Meritrust Credit Union
Faced with an aging physical IT infrastructure, Meritrust Credit Union sought a more stable foundation for its business-critical applications—especially for its Oracle database, which is central to its operations. By choosing Oracle RAC on FlexPod with VMware from Cisco and NetApp, the company realized better availability, performance and cost efficiency than it could achieve otherwise.
“The integration between VMware and the FlexPod platform from Cisco and NetApp is amazing. Every aspect has been designed to work together, which takes a lot of the guesswork out of everything from configuration to troubleshooting.”
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”
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."
Neos Ventures GmbH
IT solutions provider helps boost system performance and security for travel industry leader with vShield implementation .
“VMware’s vShield technology provides an excellent solution to the new security challenges faced by organisations, particularly as they make the move to the cloud. The successful implementation of vShield within our customer, a leading global travel industry player, has also provided us with a best practice case study for our business automation cloud strategy proposition.”
ITSAM in Sweden is an public sector organisation formed to provide IT support and services to educational establishments across 6 different municipalities. One of the main challenges they faced was having the ability to operate in such a large region. If a computer went down, they would send an engineer out to fix it, this proved to be very inefficient and costly. With unique desktops you get unique problems, so ITSAM implemented VMware View so that they could easily replicate desktops to hundreds of students. This has enabled their end users to access their desktops from any location at anytime. It has also enabled teachers to easily provide additional applications to support students that need extra tuition enabling the students to work on these from home. ITSAM have recently started a proof of concept with Horizon, to enable them to manage their applications more efficiently.
“The benefit to the end users is that they can access their own desktop from any client around the world, it does n’t matter where they are. Also the school can make sure they provide the correct applications to the right students at all times.”
Allianz Global Assistance
Allianz Global Assistance
“We did a proof-of-concept on VMware View and it was very well received. Our users said VMware was much more user friendly than other desktop virtualization technologies, and their positive feedback was a key reason for choosing VMware.” - Luc Derix Chief Information Officer Allianz Global Assistance
Implementing a hosted disaster recovery service based on VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager has enabled Australian Hearing to avoid AUD$450,000 in costs, recover its critical applications in three hours or less and test its business continuity capabilities without disrupting the organisation.
“Our business continuity and disaster recovery plans refer to a 48-hour recovery time as an absolute maximum. We can now recover all our key applications in no more than three hours.”
KGI Hong Kong
Deployed VMware technology to provide a more flexible, robust infrastructure that delivers the required system availability, scalability and performance.
“With the VMware platform, we can start new projects straight away ... we can now get new products to market 4 to 6 weeks faster.” KGI Asia
Casablanca INT is a leading provider of internet, data and voice services for the Czech Republic. A recently launched Public Cloud project called the ‘BIG BLUE ONE’ using VMware vCloud technologies, has enabled them to react to customer needs by providing a range of services via a public cloud for ICT, internet, on-line projects and applications. Casablanca INT now has the ability to offer customers not wanting to invest in physical hardware, the services of a public cloud. They are able to lease unlimited computing output for their applications for as long as they choose.
“When selecting our partners, we do not settle for compromises. We want to work only with the best – stable companies that are leaders in their field. Use of VMware technology, with which we have only the best past experiences, was an absolute given.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
EPAM centralised infrastructure management in the first phase of the development process aiming at the establishment of an IT environment that would adapt more flexibly to business requirements. In the second phase of the developments in the summer of 2006, EPAM Systems decided to virtualise the development and test environments established for the projects. Thanks to VMware-based virtualisation, we are able to set up the development environment of a starting project several magnitudes faster, just under 1 hour instead of several days or weeks. The other big advantage of virtualisation is that development managers can take a snapshot of the environment before testing a new version or service pack of the software under development or before verifying the version compatibility of a new database manager. EPAM in recent years has achieved two-digit growth in revenues and employed staffs - which are also reflected in the cost of IT.
„The snapshot function of VMware provides a high degree of security for development work. Using this system, it is faster and easier to test our software and we are able to provide an even higher standard of service to our customers. While our earlier infrastructure may have limited this process, our virtualised environment has become the drive behind our business.”
Diákhitel Központ Zrt.
Student Loan Direct is an easy-to-use, user-friendly portal that also provides help and information functions. It enables users to create correct and properly completed documents required for the loan process. They can complete their loan applications and data update forms, view their loan agreements, balances, and repayment history, exchange messages with the Student Loan Center, and communicate using this channel instead of postal mail. The launch of the Student Loan Direct is a success story: 50 percent of all new loan applications already arrived through the portal started in September 2011. Since the virtualization of Student Loan Center, there were no unplanned server downtimes, and the server room requires less cooling and energy. The fault tolerance of the VMware-based environment, tested before implementing the Student Loan Direct portal, showed that operation continuity can be ensured if combined with regular data backups. The introduction of 7x24 service availability requires setting up a backup data center that Student Loan Center will implement using VMware’s disaster recovery solution.
"Using VMware's virtualization solution, we have set up a server environment with high-availability and load balancing to serve our Student Loan Direct portal. So our customers can rely on our services around the clock, 7 days a week."
ADAC e.V., Europe’s Largest Automobile Insurance Association Completes Desktop Migration. With VMware Mirage it migrated 2,400 existing desktop PCs, including user installed applications, files, and profiles to new laptops in a time constrained, three week timeframe.
“With Mirage we had exactly the same IT environment on the PC, but were able to migrate over everything that made that desktop personal to our users... IT was able to separate the IT images on the desktop PCs from the user space — applications, files, and personalization. ”
Micro Inks Virtualizes Business-critical saP
and Microsoft exchange systems to Maintain
availability and Meet commercial targets.
Indian-headquartered ink business Micro Inks had run its
SAP and Microsoft Exchange systems on a physical server infrastructure with direct-attached storage. However, data corruption cost the company three days worth of plant operations. To stop a similar event occurring again, the
organization deployed VMware vSphere as part of a vBlock converged infrastructure, and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager to ensure fast, error-free disaster recovery.
Indian-headquartered ink business Micro Inks had run its SAP and Microsoft Exchange systems on a physical server infrastructure with direct-attached storage. However, data corruption cost the company three days worth of plant operations. To stop a similar event occurring again, the organization deployed VMware vSphere as part of a vBlock converged infrastructure, and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager to ensure fast, error-free disaster recovery.
Hackensack University Medical
VMware Infrastructure 3 Creates a Flexible and Scalable Virtual Infrastructure That Frees Up Data Center Resources and Supports Growth
“Virtualization is no longer a ‘maybe’ for enterprise IT environments— it’s a necessity. We need to reduce costs and make more efficient use of resources, and VMware Infrastructure 3 helps us achieve that goal.”
Kempenhorst biedt leerlingen flexibele werkplek op basis van Horizon (with View)
Desktopvirtualisatie op basis van VMware View biedt de leerlingen en docenten van het Kempenhorst College stabiele werkplekken op school. Elke werkplek binnen het gebouw start snel op en biedt toegang tot alle onderwijsapplicaties, inclusief 3D-applicaties. Ook het beheer is sterk vereenvoudigd omdat installatie en updates centraal worden uitgerold. Op die manier kunnen leerlingen en docenten zich volledig concentreren op hun kernactiviteiten: onderwijs.
“In het verleden kostte het een aantal dagen om nieuwe programma’s of updates uit te rollen. Die situatie is nu drastisch veranderd. In plaats van een paar dagen rollen we nieuwe software nu in een paar uur binnen de gehele organisatie uit.”
Schuberg Philis versnelt applicatie-uitrol met netwerkvirtualisatie. IT-outsourcing bedrijf Schuberg Philis maakt glasheldere afspraken met klanten. Het bedrijf biedt klanten 100 procent functionele uptime voor hun bedrijfskritische applicaties. Schuberg Philis neemt dan ook de volledige verantwoordelijkheid voor hun applicatielandschap op zich. Met deze aanpak ondersteunt het de gehele ICT-keten van bijvoorbeeld fi nanciële dienstverleners, retailbedrijven en energiemaatschappijen; van functionele uptime tot de interfaces met derde partijen. Om klanten maximale fl exibiliteit, beschikbaarheid en performance te bieden, optimaliseert Schuberg Philis continu haar eigen infrastructuur en processen. Daarbij heeft het bedrijf inmiddels een aantal jaar geleden ook de stap naar netwerkvirtualisatie gezet.
“Een nieuwe server opzetten is niet langer een kwestie van netwerken optuigen, machines inrichten en de bekabeling in orde maken. We kunnen VMs én netwerken snel modelleren en het applicatielandschap razendsnel uitrollen. Dit proces kostte voorheen al snel een paar weken. We kunnen het nu in ruim 18 minuten. Dat is enorme tijdwinst.”
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.”