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VMworld 2012: Real Customers, Real Momentum (Wednesday)

Another day, another long list of customers presenting at VMworld today – including Medtronic, Boeing, American Express, Northrup Grumman, iLand, and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. For a change of pace, instead of providing an overview of all of them, I will go deeper into one particular customer’s use of VMware products.

FedEx – the global shipping and logistics company – has added almost 12,000 VMs to their global datacenter infrastructure in the last 18 months with a self-service delivery model built on vSphere and vCloud Director. Their environment consists of mostly Linux VMs running Java applications. FedEx originally adopted virtualization relying on custom-designed scripts for operations management. However, it was clear that this model could not scale well given their fast growth.  As their virtual environment grew (~700 VMs a month) they quickly outgrew their scripts; Applying single threaded scripts to thousands of VMs took several minutes. The team has now adopted vCenter Orchestrator to help streamline their end-to-end provisioning processes and are continuing their progress towards a fully automated private cloud.

Right here, right now, customers are deploying VMware-based clouds.