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Agents of Change: VMware

Jack Loo | Jan. 30, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have VMware.

In a world where business advantage increasingly depends on applications and technology, cloud computing offers organisations enhanced business agility, increased interoperability, and dramatically simplify operations. It also helps companies to move from CAPEX to OPEX, enhance automation, and provide unprecedented flexibility that allows for dynamic allocation and configuration of resources as the need arises.

VMware customer ABN AMRO was able to accomplish these when they rolled out Project SIVIA (Strategic Integration Virtual Infrastructure for Asia) where they merged the IT environments of the ABN AMRO Private Banking entity with the Commercial and Merchant banking entity of the former Fortis Bank Nederland, which saw ABN AMRO Asia virtualising all of the regionally hosted applications and their associated databases.

As a result, ABN AMRO Asia was able to virtualise all of the regionally hosted applications and their associated databases, successfully completed a brand new office set-out, migrated 85 users to a consolidate active directory structure and automated failover for the bank's virtualised environment.

  • The completion of ABN AMRO's User, Data and Equipment Integration saw the bank's application footprint grow from 16 to 72 virtual instances with VMware vSphere resulting in a 400 percent increase of virtualised application and database environments.
  • Removed physical database servers and migrated to a virtualised environment enabling the company to successfully avoid investment in infrastructure and licences.
  • The fully-automated disaster recovery system enabled the bank to reduce the time required to execute the failover to a fully-operational disaster recovery DR site from four hours to less than a one hour, that is, savings of 75 percent without any need of specialist or application development resources. The end result is a fully automated bi-directional failover environment.

Comms of the Future

The post-PC era brings forth an increase in demand for a secure and compliant environment for employees' mobile devices. But beyond this, IT will need solutions that will enable their organisations to evolve from just managing these devices to managing user experiences across multiple devices.

The VMware Horizon Suite can help customers deliver the multi-device workspace and give end-users secure access to applications and data from anywhere. It also provides a flexible platform that uniquely combines the principles of identity, context and policy to separate personal and business workspaces, and enable consistent access to applications and data across any personal device.

We expect more companies to adopt a virtualised desktop environment to provide their users an enhanced desktop experience, greater data security and simplified desktop management. This approach is built around their personas, rather than the devices they carry, and allows greater flexibility for employees to access their corporate environments safely, anytime, anywhere.

As such, more organisations will be searching for solutions that allow them to enable true session mobility, delivering virtual sessions that follow end users across devices and locations; support more devices; streamline application patches and updates; enhance data security; and deliver uncompromised end user experience for users.


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