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Oct 2 2008   1:47PM GMT

VMware’s PR department is hard at work: More case studies



Posted by: Bridget Botelho
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VMware always has plenty of customers to vouch for their products, and their PR team certainly isn’t shy about sending journalists examples. I get so many emails touting the latest VMware success that I could publish new VMware Infrastructure case studies every week. (Hey VMware — if you’re reading this, we know people like your product and how they benefit from it. You don’t have to point it out every other day, but thanks.)

Speaking of virtualization case studies, I wish other software companies were as forthcoming about their customers. Most software companies send out product press releases that are riddled with marketing speak and not enough meat, with no customers to back up claims like “number one provider” of this or “the world’s best” that. Even Microsoft Corp. wouldn’t give me a Hyper-V customer to chat with after their virtualization product was released on the commercial market this summer. To be fair, however, there are virtualization companies that do offer up customers like Massachusetts-based Virtual Iron. But I digress.

Since I have a few VMware case studies from September cramming my Inbox, here they are in summary.

Accountants Inc.
On September 30, VMware announced that Accountants Inc., an accounting and finance department staffing agency, deployed VMware’s virtualization and management suite VMware Infrastructure 3 to lower its overhead, meet its disaster-recovery requirements, and make its data center more flexible.

Accountants Inc. had been using a single physical server per application, and as the company approached a hardware refresh cycle, it found that virtualization would be more cost-effective, VMware reported.

Donald Wong, manager of IT operations and development at Accountants, Inc., stated that if the company continued deploying physical machines in a ‘one server to one application’ way, it would have cost to much. “Now, we’ve standardized on VMware and we have a strict virtualization-first policy. As a result, we can spend less time managing our IT infrastructure and more time focusing on bigger picture things, like growing the business,” Wong said in the VMware statement.

The company was also able to reduce its data center footprint by consolidating about 50 physical servers onto 10 VMware ESX Servers, which led to added savings in power and cooling costs.

Interfaith Medical Center
On September 23, VMware announced that Interfaith Medical Center (IMC) of Brooklyn, New York is using VMware Infrastructure 3 to create a virtualized environment for the Microsoft Windows-based applications.

The hospital began investigating virtualization when its server hardware requirements reached unsustainable levels; IMC faced power, space and budget constraints and needed a solution, VMware reported. After considering offerings from VMware, Microsoft and Citrix, IMC selected VMware Infrastructure and is now running nearly all of its critical applications in VMware virtual machines. The hospital also implemented a VMware-first policy for all new applications, VMware reported.

IMC has reportedly achieved consolidation ratios as high as 17:1 on its physical hosts and has virtualized approximately 95% of its Microsoft Windows-based applications, including IMC’s core Meditech health information system used for patient care and billing, BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Microsoft SharePoint, Kronos software for timekeeping and scheduling, and Lawson software for finance and accounting.

CITOC
On September 3, VMware announced that Houston-based CITOC, an award-winning provider of managed and hosted IT solutions, standardized on VMware Infrastructure as its application environment for internal systems and client solutions.

CITOC, whose customers including Lockheed Martin, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Sysco Foods and Carriage Services, evaluated a number of virtualization platforms to incorporate into its IT operations, including VMware Infrastructure and Microsoft Hyper-V. CITOC opted to standardize on the VMware platform, mainly because they could run three times as many virtual machines on VMware Infrastructure as it could on Microsoft Hyper-V with identical hardware, VMware reported.

James Garrett, chief operating officer at CITOC, said in VMware’s statement that CITOC guarantees 99.999% application availability for clients, and is trusting VMware to help them stick to that guarantee.

Garrett estimates that CITOC is hosting nearly 5,000 virtual machines for its customers. About 85% of those virtual machines are running Microsoft Windows-based applications. Internally, CITOC is using VMware for applications like Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft SQL Server, and BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

Garrett reported that one customer was running 343 physical machines when it hired CITOC to streamline its IT operations. Today, the customer is supporting its entire application environment with 16 blade servers (32 including redundancy) running VMware Infrastructure.

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