SAN FRANCISCO - VMworld-- Today at VMworld, Cisco and VMware announced that a growing number of customers are using joint private cloud, data center, and virtual desktop solutions from the two companies to accelerate business transformation and increase IT agility. Around the world and across vertical industries, customers are utilizing the combination of Cisco Unified Computing System (TM) (UCS) and VMware virtualization technologies to fuel a wide variety of business-critical applications. Recent examples of these innovative customers include Choice Hotels International, Columbia Sportswear, Northrim Bank, and Hertz Corporation.
Choice Hotels International
Choice Hotels franchises more than 6,200 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms in more than 30 countries, under the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, and other brands. The company recently built a new data center infrastructure and redesigned the software that supports hotel franchisees. The new services-oriented architecture, built on the Cisco UCS and VMware vSphere has resulted in immediate efficiency gains.
"Cisco's intelligent infrastructure and VMware virtualization turned out to be a winning combination for Choice Hotels," said Todd Davis, chief information officer, Choice Hotels International. "We migrated 900 virtual servers in one-third the time it took us to migrate 188 physical servers. We have reduced space, power, and cooling requirements, while accelerating time-to-market for in-house applications. Our IT strategy has enabled us to increase profitability for our hotel franchisees."
A global leader in the manufacture and wholesale of active outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment with over 3,200 employees across 45 locations, Columbia Sportswear faced an aging and costly Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) infrastructure while in the midst of a rapid business expansion. To help sustain the company's strong projected revenue growth for the next few years, Columbia moved to a new SAP ERP system underpinned by VCE Vblock(TM) Systems -- featuring converged compute and network technology from Cisco, storage and data protection from EMC, and server virtualization and virtualization management from VMware. This private cloud is highly available and elastic, supporting faster time-to-market, while reducing operating costs.
"Projects that used to take us weeks to deploy, now take days or even hours," said Michael Leeper, Director of Global Infrastructure at Columbia Sportswear. "Cisco UCS and VMware vSphere integrates with our existing Cisco Nexus-based network to deliver agility and intelligence to our systems, enabling the IT team to be more service oriented and respond more quickly to tough business requests."