Post by Brandon Sweeney, VP, U.S. Commercial Customer Segment
In our work with customers around the world, we see IT teams struggling to keep pace with fast-growing businesses. Often times, the IT organization lacks the resources keep physical infrastructure in step with the continually rising demands of the business, particularly in times of rapid growth.
I’d like to share the story of how the Waddington Group (TWG), a major global packaging manufacturer and marketer, is using virtualization to address the challenges brought by rapid organic growth and the acquisition of companies.
To manage and support the company’s growth across multiple territories, TWG needed a highly scalable IT solution that would allow the business to respond quickly to new opportunities, while increasing IT efficiency and accommodating rising storage requirements.
“Our IT resources can’t grow at the same rate as the company,” said Paul Reed, IT Director, The Waddington Group. “We knew very early on that we could not just do more of the same things, but bigger. So we needed to think of different ways to deliver IT technologies to users more quickly and more efficiently.”
The company found its answer in a unified virtualization platform running on vSphere® with Operations Management™. Today, VMware virtualization enables TWG to respond more quickly to its rapidly changing business landscape. For example, vSphere with Operations Management enabled the company to reduce the time spent integrating backend systems by more than 80 percent.
“With our aggressive rollout of software, applications, implementations, and upgrades, we really didn’t want to be concerned about hardware infrastructure,” said Reed. “We wanted to be focused on providing the business solutions for the company. Virtualization has allowed us to concentrate on adding value to the company.”
Ultimately, VMware virtualization solutions have enabled TWG to increase data center efficiency by 34 percent, boost storage capacity utilization by 31 percent, and increase memory utilization by 19 percent. Those gains have helped the company’s IT organization keep pace with rapid growth without adding IT budget or resources.
For the full story on TWG’s virtualization journey, check out this VMware case study.
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Until next time,