VMware Provides Windows Virtual Infrastructure for Nationwide Insurance

VMware Platform Provides Availability and Flexibility that Helps Nationwide Stand Behind its “On Your Side” Promise to Policy Holders

PALO ALTO, Calif. – October 28, 2008– VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced that Nationwide Services Co., which provides shared services to the Nationwide family of companies, has deployed VMware’s industry-leading management and virtualization suite, VMware Infrastructure 3, to provide a reliable, flexible and cost-effective platform for Nationwide’s Windows application environment.

Nationwide Services Co. is a unit of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, a Fortune 200 firm and one the world’s leading providers of insurance products and financial services.  Nationwide initially deployed VMware Infrastructure to reverse the effects of server sprawl that had pushed the company’s datacenter to the edge of its power and space limitations.  After accomplishing its objective by reducing the number of physical hosts by over 700, Nationwide realized that virtualization offered a number of other strategic benefits.  Most notably, it made the organization more scalable and flexible by reducing server provisioning time, allowing Nationwide Services to be much more responsive to the needs of the business.

“We are becoming more agile in our provisioning and management of our windows environment with the help of VMware,” said Scott Miggo, vice president of infrastructure engineering at Nationwide Services Co.  “Our efforts in virtualization have allowed us to extend the life of our existing datacenter, which could save Nationwide millions of dollars.  VMware is contributing to that success and they’ve become a valued partner.” 

Miggo explained that Nationwide has achieved a virtual-to-physical consolidation ratio of 13:1 and virtualization has enabled Nationwide to increase server utilization from an average of 15 percent to 70 percent.  Nationwide has already achieved $2.2 million in hardware savings with more savings expected as physical servers continue to be replaced by virtual machines.  Additional savings are accruing continuously due to reduced energy consumption and streamlined system administration.  Perhaps most importantly, the move to a virtual application environment hasn’t affected availability. 

“Our corporate mantra is ‘On Your Side’ and we take that very seriously,” said Miggo.  “VMware is part of our infrastructure that helps us be there for our policy holders when they need us most.  We understand that families have placed their trust in us and we need a resilient and flexible IT infrastructure that allows us to access whatever information we need whenever we need it.”

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