With 2015 in full swing, many a New Year’s resolution has already vanished into the ether. But a few remain intact and nonnegotiable. For example, many IT leaders have resolved to invigorate their companies and organizations through innovations in hybrid cloud computing, big data and adoption of Flash technology. They’re encouraged by other professionals who have successfully come before them and want to achieve similar results for their businesses. Let’s take a look back at five EMC customers who redefined their IT last year and built the foundation for more efficient, less costly, and more powerful data management for their organizations in 2015.
BEIJING TV Redefines Cloud Computing
Government-owned BTV reaches more than 800 million consumers with its network offerings. Their business has rapidly shifted from individual silos of broadcast, telephone, and Internet media to a single converged network. They turned to EMC VPLEX and VNX unified storage for a converged media cloud for mobile computing, cloud services, Big Data analytics, and social media. Its critical applications are virtualized with VMware vSphere platform. Now they can better analyze their consumer preferences to deliver more highly targeted services and higher levels of interaction with their consumers.
Daktronics Redefines Flexibility
Daktronics, known for its electronic billboards and massive HD LED stadium screens, scored big by deploying a hybrid cloud with EMC. The company is starting the New Year 95 percent virtualized, using VMware and EMC solutions to run 500 virtual machines on 50 hosts. This includes a private cloud for internal use and a public one for their display management solutions. Now they’re cutting costs in half, delivering services faster to customers and creating new revenue streams through cloud-based service offerings.
MLB Redefines Media Streaming
MLB Advanced Media is at the center of online experiences for baseball fans. Its EMC-enabled infrastructure handles 10 million streams a day, streams 25,000 live events annually worldwide and analyzes 750,000 pitches a year. To keep up, MLBAM turned to EMC and the Isilon S Series platform for live streaming, video-on-demand of all their games, and a wealth of fan apps. Today, the Isilon platform supports more than a million event subscribers. MLBAM uses an EMC Symmetrix VMAX 10K system to run its high-demand applications and EMC VNX for its back office applications. They improved read performance by 67 percent and write performance by 50 percent.
Surrey Redefines Resource and Performance
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. develops, manufactures, and operates small, low-cost satellites. Last year they used EMC VSPEX technology to develop the infrastructure and resources within their design and testing environments to support their engineers’ need for rapid provisioning, without IT involvement. Today Surrey has 100 virtual machines, supported by twin VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Solutions along with VMware’s vCloud Suite and the vCenter Operations management suite. By using these solutions to improve virtual end user computing and store data, IT now enables engineers to develop and bring their high-flying products to market faster.
Sub Zero Redefines Disaster Recovery
Sub Zero, which manufactures and sells premium kitchen appliances, worked seamlessly with VMware, EMC Avamar, and Data Domain solutions to replace tape with a single, unified backup and recovery system. They’ve seen a 75 percent reduction in administration costs; 30 percent increase in first-tier storage; 99.29 percent deduplication rate; and a decrease in backup time from 72 hours to just four. Perhaps most significantly, they realized a return on investment in just three months.
EMC is extremely proud to have worked with these five customers and hundreds more in 2014. And we look forward to helping our customers realize greater achievements in 2015. To learn about other customer successes this year, stay tuned to the EMC Pulse blog.