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The Best Cloud for Test and Dev is… a Dedicated Cloud?

By Angelos Kottas

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service offers two distinct compute services: the Dedicated Cloud service provides users with exclusive physical compute nodes and a dedicated management stack, while the Virtual Private Cloud is a logically isolated, multi-tenant environment. As vCloud Hybrid Service grows in scale, we can pass on cost efficiencies to customers. Therefore, on January 1st, 2014, VMware reduced pricing on Dedicated Cloud by 50 percent, to 7 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1 GB VM with 1 vCPU.  If you’re a VMware customer, you’ll undoubtedly pay less than this MSRP price based on volume/commitment. The minimum commitment is one month.

Dedicated Cloud is perfect for workloads that require dedicated hardware for performance and/or isolation. Surprisingly, Dedicated Cloud may also be your single best place to run test and dev workloads. It sounds completely contradictory, but here’s how it works:

With the Dedicated Cloud service, you effectively get a private cloud hosted and run for you by VMware, and you get to retain complete control over memory and CPU oversubscription. By oversubscribing both, you can pack many more test and dev workloads onto the underlying physical infrastructure, effectively reducing the unit cost.

The key is the many sophisticated innovations around intelligent memory allocation and management developed by VMware to allow customers to dramatically consolidate their IT resources without sacrificing performance.

When you buy a GB of memory in vCloud Hybrid Service, you get that amount of physical memory inside a server. With Dedicated Cloud, you can overcommit by 50 to 100 percent or more, based on the performance characteristics, consumption patterns and requirements of your applications. In a test and dev use case, for example, you may drive significantly higher volumes of transient or non-performance-driven VMs into Dedicated Cloud and achieve lower unit costs. At 100 percent oversubscription, that 1GB of memory effectively costs 50 percent less (3.5 cents).

Two additional benefits of the Dedicated Cloud service offering include:

  • License Management: One of the hardest aspects of managing a hybrid cloud environment is addressing disparate licensing models from different software vendors that limit license mobility, and in many cases make it difficult or impossible to deploy applications in a public cloud environment. These restrictions often relate to limits against deploying in a multi-tenant environment and licensing meters that are tied to physical hosts, CPU cores and the like.

    Dedicated Cloud addresses both of these challenges architecturally. Given the single tenant compute architecture of the service, Dedicated Cloud serves as a hosted private cloud service, rather than a multi-tenant public cloud, with respect to software licensing agreements. Since customers are allocated specific compute nodes individually, customers can also apply traditional on-premises licensing meters like physical hosts or cores when applying software licensing to their hosted environments. This opens up a broad spectrum of traditional operating systems, such as Microsoft Server Datacenter Edition, and enterprise applications that can now be deployed in a hybrid cloud environment, freeing up capacity on-premises for other critical applications.

  • Virtual Data Centers: In addition to memory management, Dedicated Cloud customers get to carve up their cloud resources into discrete virtual data centers. This allows customers to divide resources across different use cases, departments and discrete pools of capacity. Each virtual data center within a Dedicated Cloud can have its own set of user accounts, as well as varying levels of memory overcommitment and discrete application catalogs. In addition to targeting different service levels for different applications, this cloud administration capability allows customers to provide visibility and chargeback to internal customers based on actual cloud consumption.

Test and dev VMs are ephemeral, dynamic and require an agile environment that supports self-service, and the Dedicated Cloud provides IT much more control and architectural flexibility. The VMware hybrid approach extends the same applications, networking, management, operations and tools across both on-premises and off-premises environments without compromise.

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Considering Hybrid Cloud? Three Reasons Why You Should

Hybrid cloud is becoming an increasingly popular buzzword, but still, some may wonder, “Why should I make the transition to hybrid cloud?”

The true hybrid cloud gives customers choice – the choice to deploy workloads in the best location, based on that particular workload’s security needs, performance needs and scalability needs. If you’re still on the fence as to why you should make the leap to the hybrid cloud, here are three key reasons why you should definitely consider it: reliability, flexibility, and scalability.

1) Reliability

With hybrid cloud, there are no surprises – it delivers the security, performance, and technical support that all enterprise IT organizations need. When it comes to the migration of data between your internal data center and your cloud, you need the confidence that your data is being transferred both safely and securely. With a true hybrid cloud, you can apply the security and control that you have in your private environment to the public cloud – giving enterprise IT groups the opportunity to designate which situations make sense for the public cloud and what type of data they can move to the public cloud.

2) Flexibility

Choice is the magic word when it comes to the hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud enables you to deploy workloads in your preferred location, whether in your own data center or to the public cloud, and to decide where to run, manage, and build applications. Through the hybrid cloud, IT organizations can give developers the power to build faster and roll out new applications, by giving them access to public cloud resources where it makes sense. Then, within the same management environment, moving workloads back into a private cloud environment within the date center when that makes more sense.

3) Scalability

Hybrid cloud is not only flexible, but also dynamically scalable. It allows IT professionals to expand upon established applications and internal systems as needed, and offers users the tools they need to handle sudden changes in demand in order to maintain high-speed performance and high availability. Ultimately, a true hybrid cloud enables users to rapidly scale their IT operations without needing to change anything.

Watch Dave Bartoletti, Senior Analyst at Forrester, as he further discusses the benefits of hybrid cloud:

In sum, an ideal hybrid cloud strategy should make infrastructure that you own as easy to consume as infrastructure from the public cloud, and vice versa, it should make infrastructure from the public cloud as easy to manage and control as infrastructure you own.

The VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is a dynamic and powerful hybrid cloud solution that allows you to seamlessly move your existing data center to the cloud. Designed for the most challenging IT environments, the vCloud Hybrid Service offers the power, security and reliability you need, with the speed to help take your organization to the cloud in minutes.

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Top 3 Skills Your IT Team Needs to Prepare for the Cloud

By: Duncan Epping, Principal Architect VMware R&D

A question that arises often during conversations about the adoption of cloud computing is what kind of skills are required for a successful adoption of a public, private or hybrid cloud deployment. First of all, I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure your team has the right skill set.

When I am talking about skills, I am not only talking about your team’s technical competency. For a successful adoption of cloud, it is of a great importance that the silos within the IT organization are broken down, or at a bare minimum bridged. Now more than ever, inter- and intra-team communication is of utmost importance. Larger organizations have realized this over the years while doing large virtualization projects, leading many to introduce a so-called “Center of Excellence.” This Center of Excellence was typically a virtual team formed out of the various teams (network, storage, security, server, application, business owners), and would ensure everyone’s requirements were met during the course of the project. With cloud, a similar approach is needed.

Knowing the audience of this blog though, you are not reading this article for a lecture in cloud organizational readiness but rather which three technical skills are required for cloud. The three areas where a deep understanding is required are:

  • Automation/Orchestration
  • Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity
  • Security/Compliance

Automation/Orchestration

For many people, cloud equals self-service/self-provisioning. A key aspect of self-service and self-provisioning is the fact that things just happen. Of course, things don’t just happen, but will need to be automated/orchestrated in order to provide a seamless user experience. On top of that, you cannot waste time repeating the same manual tasks over and over again when dealing with large-scale environments. As you can see, automation and orchestration are key factors for a successful, efficient and affordable adoption of cloud.

Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity

In any environment, availability of your services is key – the same also applies to a cloud environment. Regardless of whether your cloud is public, private or hybrid, you should have a deep understanding of how you can recover after a failure, and how you can mitigate risks. This could include straightforward solutions like vSphere HA, but it could also mean your application framework needs to be able to scale out depending on the availability requirements of the service and the type of cloud service used. Funnily enough, backup and recovery is another often forgotten key aspect to consider. What/when/where/how –  these are all things you need to know in order to meet the agreed recovery time objective and recovery point objective.

Security/Compliance

The third area of focus should be security and compliance. Now let me start by saying that this is usually the most complex area. Of course this depends on your internal security and compliance policies, but typically a deep understanding is required around how things are connected. Are compute/network/storage resources shared? If so, what is the impact/risk? How are networks connected? What about logging (multi-tenancy aspect)? There are many more questions one can ask around cloud security, which probably warrants a series of articles by itself.

As you can see, we have barely scratched the surface but even these three areas will require all teams within your IT department to work together as one team, which is what I want to emphasize here: Technical competency is important, but without proper communication between teams, your implementation is doomed to fail.

I hope this article will help you prepare your organization during the journey to the cloud.

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Duncan Epping is Principal Architect at VMware (R&D, Integration Engineering) and is focused on vCloud / vSphere architecture and integration. He was among the first VMware certified design experts (VCDX 007). He is the co-author of several books, including best seller vSphere 5.1 Clustering Technical Deepdive. He is the owner and main author of the leading virtualization blog yellow-bricks.com.

A Who’s Who of Companies That Have Moved to the Cloud with VMware

A year ago we launched our “Another VMware Cloud” blog series to highlight the great stories from our customers, both large and small, that have successfully moved to the cloud with VMware. As VMware continues to make private, public and hybrid cloud a reality for organizations looking to take advantage of enterprise-ready cloud solutions, we’ll continue to feature their stories right here on the vCloud blog.

In case you’re just joining us for the first time, here are highlights from the Another VMware Cloud customers we’ve featured in the last year:

The National Democratic Institute has been able to leverage vCloud Director to deploy applications in clouds from Bluelock, as well as other VMware vCloud Datacenter partners, clone them and customize them without overtaxings its engineering team.

Gratifón managed to save over $100k by moving to the cloud with vCloud Datacenter partner, Dell – $50k in costs, by not having to buy server hardware, as well as $60k per year in operating efficiencies, electricity, Internet bandwidth and IT man hours.

Publishers Clearing House took advantage of Hosting.com’s vCloud Powered hosting solutions to scale their public cloud platform in a secure manner when additional computing resources are needed, without having to commit to additional costs associated with buying new hardware or software (resulting in a 40-50% decrease in IT costs for PCH.com).

Subaru and Minivegas were able to launch the online marketing campaign, www.firstcarstory.com, with a high-performance and scalable cloud infrastructure that supported the creation of 10,000 animations, and that’s just within the first month of the campaign!

Popular retail company, Columbia Sportswear, leveraged a VMware-based hybrid cloud solution to allow the business to scale instantly and reduce infrastructure costs, as well as to provide zero downtime to users through significant disaster recovery capabilities.

Seven Corners served as a great example of how even SMBs can take advantage of a VMware-centric infrastructure to rapidly engineer its IT capabilities, and even achieve a $900k ROI!

MicroStrategy has been able to cut its internal operating costs by $1M each year and generate new revenue streams that were previously inaccessible through its VMware-based cloud solution.

By working with provider of vCloud Powered services, iland, eMix’s hospital provider customers are able to achieve anywhere from $14-18k in reduced costs per ER visit – allowing them to not only do a better job of treating their patients, but also save operating dollars in the process.

NYSE Euronext developed its Capital Markets Community Platform with VMware-based cloud technology, and in doing so has been able to target the needs of Wall Street IT leaders and their customers in ways hitherto unseen in the financial services industry.

Revlon, a giant in the beauty industry, has been able to achieve $70 million in cost avoidance and cost savings, as well as solve the problem of big-data management and disaster recovery within the company, by moving to the cloud with VMware.

eMeter, a Siemens Business, can easily spin up or down data center services in multiple countries, based on business demand and need, all thanks to its VMware-based hybrid cloud deployment with vCloud Datacenter partner, Bluelock.

Provider of credit reporting services, Experian, shared that implementing infrastructure-as-a-service through VMware vCloud “is the next phase in the evolution of virtualization technology,” as it puts more of the power of virtualization into the hands of VMware customers.

When it comes to the cloud, VMware customer Seven Principles (7P) believes that, “It is not a question of whether you will save, it is just a question of how much.” By working with vCloud Datacenter partner, Colt, 7P has been able to achieve faster time to market and a 30% cost savings.

GxPi has also been able to see significant savings from operations due to its VMware-based cloud solution, as well as improved security, thanks to working with vCloud Service Provider, iland.

F5 Networks DevCentral’s move to Bluelock’s public cloud has been able to increase the company’s DevOps agility, resulting in faster, more frequent application updates that optimize development cycles.

Last but certainly not least, Kaseya has benefited from a 500% increase in capacity and performance and an 80% reduction in hardware investments and running costs, resulting in improved productivity and faster response times.

Stay tuned for even more Another VMware Cloud customer stories! Visit We Speak Cloud to learn more about the success of these customers, and follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP on Twitter for future updates.

2013: What Happens In The Cloud

By: Mathew Lodge, Vice President of Cloud Services

This article originally ran on Fortune on January 11, 2013. 

Last year was a big year for cloud, with rapid growth in consumption, and 2013 looks like it will be even bigger. Last year, I was rash enough to make five predictionsfor the rapidly-changing cloud computing space. It’s time to be called to account, to see if I was Nate Silver or Nostradamus.

I’ll rate last year’s prophecies Mythbusters-style: confirmed, plausible or busted.

1) Private cloud grows bigger, faster: Plausible

There was a big acceleration in vendor investment in private cloud products and services in 2012, but public cloud also grew very quickly – hence the plausible rating. Many public cloud providers embraced private:  Amazon Web Services (AWS, the grand-daddy of IaaS) formed a partnership with Eucalyptus for an API-compatible private cloud, Rackspace announced its private OpenStack cloud initiative, VMware launched its vCloud Suite to provide an integrated cloud infrastructure, and OpenStack announced a wide array of distributions targeted at private cloud dollars.

2) Hybrid cloud continues to grow: Confirmed

This year, Gartner acknowledged that hybrid cloud computing was necessary, embracing the term and positing that “hybrid cloud” is replacing “cloud computing” as the category term. A “completely unscientific” poll of the audience at Gartner’s Datacenter Conference in November also revealed a strong appetite for hybrid cloud.

Organizations around the globe, like eMeter (Siemens), Oxford University and SEGA Europe leverage hybrid cloud for an array of needs such as accessibility to their IT infrastructure, centralized IT services, IT agility and speed. And, pretty much everyone with a private cloud play announced some form of hybrid cloud interoperability approach.

3) PaaS reduces demand for developer-centric IaaS: Busted

PaaS certainly expanded in 2012, but there’s no evidence this was at the expense of developer-centric IaaS. AppFog, ActiveState, Tier 3 and Uhuru all launched PaaS offerings based on Cloud Foundry; Microsoft doubled-down on its Azure PaaS; and IaaS adoption continues to grow at the same time. It’ll be interesting to see what 2013 brings for PaaS.

4) There will be further cloud outages, driving greater awareness of service quality: Plausible

There were certainly more cloud outages, but little evidence of service quality awareness. The proof: even though another hiccup of AWS’ Elastic Block Store (EBS) took out major web sites and services in late October, there were few public defections. That’s possibly because it’s incredibly difficult to move an application off AWS to another cloud. Fundamentally, cloud adoption has been about delivering agility, and it seems that many organizations are willing to trade off reliability and uptime to achieve it.

5) Organizations will continue to assume that private clouds have Hogwarts-like magical security protections: Confirmed.

Surveys throughout 2012 continued to show that respondents believe private clouds share the same kind of magical protection. A recent ESG survey commissioned by VMware showed that security remains the number one concern of those who have yet to adopt public cloud. Many believe that owning or leasing the walls around servers confers greater security, despite the threat landscape and confidentiality risks being identical for private and public clouds.

The 2012 final analysis: two confirmed, two plausible and one busted.  Enough to encourage me to look ahead to 2013:

  •  Enterprise becomes the key cloud battle ground: during AWS’ first cloud customer conference in November, its messaging, targets, speakers and keynotes were all about winning enterprise business, a major shift away from the developer audience that has fueled AWS’ growth to date.  But VMware, Microsoft, IBM, HP and many other players – large and small – also target the enterprise with their own cloud strategies. The demand is there: enterprise appetite for the cloud was amply demonstrated in 2012. The result? A major battle for the hearts, minds and wallets of the average company – not just Silicon Valley innovators.
  • Hybrid Cloud accelerates: Some public cloud providers continue to froth at the mouth at the mention of private cloud. Yet organizations continue to reap the benefits of standardizing and automating their own infrastructure with private cloud, while also sweating existing assets, maintaining exiting compliance regimes, and maintaining complex integrations with existing applications and data. The clear message from enterprises is that they need the best of both worlds: strong integration between what they already have, their own private clouds, and the agility and cost advantages that public cloud brings.
  • Chaos monkeys continue to cause chaos: before Christmas Eve, perhaps the only application running on AWS that hadn’t gone down when that service experiences a serious problem is the Netflix streaming website. But despite what recently happened to Amazon’s North Virginia data centers, Netflix’s resilience is tested by The Chaos Monkey, a tool designed by Netflix to randomly kill components of the application. Is Netflix streaming an outlier, the product of a super-talented engineering team and carefully crafted cultural discipline, or a postcard from the bleeding edge future of cloud application architectures? Netflix is very open with its architecture, design and organizational approach – despite direct competition from Amazon itself with its Instant Video offering – because it knows that only a handful of organizations can replicate the skillset and culture required to make this application as resilient as it is. And that’s why I predict that its unique and aggressive approach to resiliency will remain an outlier rather than a model in 2013. The cloud needs a different approach to application resiliency – one that does not assume super-human engineering and culture behind every single application.
  • Cloud drives a healthy re-examination of IT’s capabilities and organizational identity: CIOs get that the business expects them to act more like a service provider and less like a manager of technology. The problem is how to get there from here, and whether traditional IT staff can adapt to the changing landscape. The accelerating adoption of public clouds will be a key forcing function in 2013.

It’s safe to say that 2012 was a year of tremendous adoption and learning across the industry. Only time will tell what happens this coming year, but if I were to channel Nate Silver or Nostradamus, I’d say that 2013 will be another big year for cloud.

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Another VMware Cloud – Experian Runs Its Private Cloud on VMware

According to David Janusz, IT Architect at Experian, “Implementing infrastructure-as-a-service through VMware vCloud is the next phase in the evolution of virtualization technology. This technology puts even more of the power of virtualization into the hands of VMware customers, and it does so with intelligence and ease.” Whereas the provisioning of development resources could take as long as 11 weeks, virtualization can trim this cycle to a matter of days. VMware vCloud, in many cases, can cut provisioning time even further, to mere minutes.

While consumers know Experian as a provider of credit reporting services, lenders and other businesses know Experian as a provider of information, analytical tools and other marketing services, to organizations in over 80 countries around the world. Experian knew for some time that it wanted to move to an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) approach to provisioning IT resources, as developers at the company knew that cloud computing supports the flexibility and agility they need to decrease time-to-market and respond more nimbly to business requests.

As a long-time VMware virtualization customer, it was a natural decision to look at VMware vCloud first for their cloud solution. They liked what they saw. According to Janusz, vCloud met the company’s criteria for the following reasons:

  • Comes with a pre-existing portal with a user-friendly interface;
  • Allows users to publish applications that are offered through a catalogue;
  • Offerings can be configured to meet differing levels of service;
  • Met the company’s security needs;
  • And it ties into Experian’s VMware vSphere estate, so it leverages the company’s existing virtualized infrastructure.

Experian decided to first deploy a test case instance of VMware vCloud technology to validate its initial evaluation of the solution functionality. Once the test instance of VMware vCloud was live, select Experian developers were invited to try it. They found that they could provision IT environments, both simple and complex, in just minutes. “Developers became comfortable immediately with VMware vCloud technology’s self-service provisioning portal. They found the interface intuitive and user-friendly.”

With the vCloud proof of concept a success, the team now plans to fully realize its vision and build a private cloud-based IaaS model to support its test and development organization. “We will have a dynamic development environment,” shares Janusz. “Our developers will be able to quickly choose from pre-existing templates of approved configurations of operating systems and applications software. They’ll pick what they need, deploy it, run with it and destroy it if they need to.”

Once fully deployed, the VMware vCloud portal will be available to all of Experian’s developers worldwide. Experian expects that by streamlining the provisioning of IT resources, vCloud will help the company reduce project timelines and reduce time-to-market.  Furthermore, Janusz also views Experian’s VMware vCloud Director implementation as a way for the company to deepen its understand of cloud technology in general – including the public cloud.

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Another VMware Cloud – Revlon Runs Its Private Cloud on VMware

According to David Giambruno, Senior Vice President and CIO at Revlon, the company’s cloud deployment has given back “$70 million in cost avoidance and cost savings.” Furthermore, thanks to VMware cloud technology, “if someone wants to try a new application, generally by the time the business team gets in a meeting with us, it’s no cost. We have servers set up. We have the environment. We have the access control set up for the vendor to come in and set everything up,” leading to dramatic improvements in IT efficiency and cost savings. 

Revlon, a global company with a huge application portfolio, first discussed their VMware-based private cloud deployment last year at VMworld 2011. In a recent interview with Dana Gardner, Giambruno shares some of the unintended positive consequences of their data infrastructure, now that all of their data it resides in the cloud.

According to Giambruno, Revlon has been able to solve the problem of big-data management by classifying all the unstructured data in the company, which they were able to do efficiently because of the cloud. Beyond the ability to look at all of their data in the same place, Revlon can also bring up all of their data in their disaster recovery (DR) test environments and have their developers work with it at no cost.  On top of the company’s big data, they were then able to “efficiently and effectively build a global master data model.”

In terms of how the cloud has improved the company’s disaster recovery strategy, Revlon replicates all of their cloud activity every 15 minutes, which enables them to recover a country quickly and effectively in case of a disaster. This replication process and constantly updating allows Revlon to update all instances at no cost and with little effort.

“This cost avoidance, or cost containment, while extending capability, is the little magical thing that happens, that we do for the business. We’re very level in our spend, but we keep delivering more and more and more,” adds Giambruno.

So where does the company see their cloud deployment expanding from here?

According to Giambruno, “For us, it’s where VMware is going.” With the release of vSphere 5.1, the company is in the process of exposing their internal cloud to vendors and suppliers, as well as working on the elimination of virtual private networks (VPNs). “It’s about how we change and how IT operates, changing the model. For me, that’s a competitive advantage, and it’s the opportunity to reduce structural cost and take people away from managing firewalls.” 

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Another VMware Cloud: Seven Corners Runs Its Private Cloud on VMware

According to George Reed, Chief Information Officer at Seven Corners, “With a solid, virtual, private-cloud solution, the cost of delivering technology services is just very low per member serviced,” thereby allowing the company to achieve a $900k ROI.

Based out of Carmel, Indiana, Seven Corners is a global travel insurance, travel medical and travel assistance company, with 800 programs in five major product lines that span over 50,000 members at any given time. When Reed joined the Seven Corners in 2010, the company’s server room consisted solely of Dell desktops that had been turned into servers, and its servicing application suffered from constant crashes.

In order to keep up with the company’s consistent growth, Reed knew that he needed to completely overhaul Seven Corners’ IT infrastructure. Through VMware, Cisco UCS, and NetApp FlexPod technology, Seven Corners was able to build a fast and efficient private cloud solution to reduce the time and price of processing an insurance claim, implementing new business, and collecting the premium.

Of the company’s new infrastructure and application platform, Reed shares, “In the old system, the time to process a claim around here was about 30 minutes going through a complex travel medical claim with tons of lines. Now it’s about 15 seconds.”

Mike Ellis, Technical Services Manager at Seven Corners, also notes, “vCloud Director enables us to have a fully self-service private cloud in our datacenter, allowing us to take self-service to the next level.” 

Seven Corners is a great example of how an SMB can leverage “a VMware-centric infrastructure to rapidly engineer its IT capabilities and build innovative business services that are generating whole new revenues.” 

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VMware Customer Success in the Cloud

As more and more companies move to the cloud, we’ve been trying to highlight some of our top customers who have successfully moved to the cloud with VMware technology. In the past 6 months we’ve featured organizations across various verticals and industries who have deployed private, public and hybrid clouds based on VMware cloud solutions, and we’ve shown how they’ve achieved a wide range of business benefits such as reduced IT costs, improved security, increased flexibility and more by moving to the cloud.

Here are some of the key highlights:

Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, was able to achieve its vision for a Database-as-a-Service hybrid cloud project with VMware – deploying a solution that enabled users to quickly fire up a database within a central service and increased the overall efficiency of the University’s users and departments. 

SEGA Europe, maker of popular games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Monkey Ball, was able to reduce the time needed in game-testing implementations by 17% through a VMware hybrid cloud solution, resulting in more efficient, bug-free games.

Charles River Laboratories, a contract research organization in the Life Sciences industry with a presence of 60 locations across 16 countries, was able to create a hybrid cloud solution that enabled them to seamlessly manage the transition between their on-premise infrastructure and the cloud – giving end-users more flexibility as to where their applications can run from.

Finally, high-performance motorcycle designer and manufacturer, Ducati Motor Holding, was able to increase the flexibility and agility of the company by deploying a private cloud with VMware. Thanks to VMware technology, Ducati has been able to “deploy applications, solutions, services, and new architectures in an incredibly short time.”

Beyond the organizations we’ve highlighted in our “Another VMware Cloud” series, VMware’s Public Cloud Diaries also draw attention to the successes other organizations across various verticals have achieved by moving to the public cloud with VMware solutions. 

In Part 1 of our blog series around the Public Cloud Diaries, we took a look at the experiences of four companies in the Business Services Industry and how they were able to lower operational costs and focus on their core business by deploying to the cloud with VMware vCloud Service Providers.

In Part 2, we highlighted how four companies in the Communications and Healthcare Industries were able to improve uptime, meet strict security guidelines, and avoid the major cost of building and maintaining an IT infrastructure in-house by working with VMware vCloud Service Providers.

In Part 3 of our series on the Public Cloud Diaries, we discussed the experiences of 3 companies in the Insurance, Non-Profit and Retail Industries. By working with vCloud Service Providers, these companies were all able to enjoy lower costs, higher levels of security, and flexibility to scale based on customer demand.

Finally, in Part 4, we shared how five companies in the Software Industry were able to avoid the high cost of building their own servers or cloud solutions and achieve better security by moving to the cloud with a VMware vCloud Service Provider. 

More and more organizations of all sizes and industries are successfully moving to the cloud with VMware, so stay tuned for even more VMware customer success stories! Be sure to follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP on Twitter for future updates. 

From the Financial Times: The VMware Hybrid Approach “Pays Off”

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The hybrid cloud provides significant value to companies according to a recent article in the Financial Times.

In an interview with VMware customer AutoScout 24, the Financial Times found that the company now has the flexibility to adapt to varying traffic flows, source additional computing capacity, and migrate between two infrastructures in order to best meet customer demand, all thanks to VMware’s private and hybrid cloud technology.

AutoScout24 is an online vehicle marketplace with a catalog of over 1.8M cars. With over 100,000 commercial vehicles and 90,000 motorcycles up for sale, the site receives roughly 10M visitors every month, which places huge pressures on the company’s IT infrastructure.

To relieve unnecessary pressure, AutoScout24 is close to completing a hybrid cloud deployment based on VMware technology, in order to support the company’s new “Workshop portal” project. According to the Financial Times, the Workshop portal enables customers to “search for local garages qualified to service their vehicle, based on manufacturer, model, age and mileage, as well as the request quotes from mechanics and schedule appointments.”

Joachim Rath, head of IT production at AutoScout24, shares that a hybrid cloud is the best way of sourcing the additional computing capacity needed to roll out the service to other European cities. To deploy their hybrid cloud, the company plans to integrate their existing private cloud environment with the public cloud capacity provided by Wusys, a provider of vCloud Powered Services in Germany.

AutoScout24 is aiming to have their hybrid cloud operational by June. Once live, data will be able to migrate dynamically between the company’s private and public cloud infrastructures, allowing AutoScout24’s systems to offload intensive workloads to Wusys, thereby giving the company to quickly and affordably offer the Workshop portal to a far wider audience of car buyers.

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