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Mazda North American Operations   Based on 2 reviews
Mazda Gains Better Data Protection, 95 Percent Lower Costs Using Hybrid Cloud Storage
2 page Case Study posted: 04/15/2014 Views: 5613

To improve disaster protection for applications that its dealers use to run their businesses, Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) revamped its data protection using a Microsoft hybrid cloud storage solution based on Microsoft Azure. Mazda now has more reliable, real-time data protection and can restore data in minutes. It has eliminated backup work for engineers and reduced data protection costs by 95 percent. It anticipates using other Azure services to gain agility.

  • Publication Date:
  • 04/15/2014
  • Industries:
  • Automotive, Industrial Equipment & Aerospace
  • Business Need:
  • Cost Containment
  • Cloud & Server Platform
  • Service Delivery
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Country/Region:
  • United States
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Azure Storage
  • StorSimple
  • Microsoft Azure Backup
Walsh Group   Based on 4 reviews
Construction Firm Moves Workloads to Public Cloud to Gain Greater Agility, Scalability
4-page Case Study posted: 04/15/2014 Views: 801

The Walsh Group builds skyscrapers, subways, and bridges, and other big things all over the world. It’s also a leader in using technology to do construction better. Walsh is busy moving significant chunks of its datacenter environment to Microsoft Azure to reduce IT costs and accelerate IT service delivery. Building on the identity and access management foundation of Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium, Walsh can deliver servers to the business in hours rather than weeks, gain unprecedented scalability, and reduce costs. Employees and contractors have a much simpler application sign-in experience using Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium, and Walsh enhances data safety. Walsh has big plans for Microsoft Azure and plans to migrate 10 to 15 percent of its on-premises infrastructure into Microsoft Azure each year to sharpen its competitiveness.

  • Publication Date:
  • 04/15/2014
  • Partner(s):
  • 10th Magnitude
  • Industries:
  • Architecture, Engineering & Construction
  • Business Need:
  • Cost Containment
  • Cloud & Server Platform
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Business Continuity
  • Country/Region:
  • United States
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Azure Active Directory
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Microsoft Azure SQL Database
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Azure Multi-Factor Authentication
  • IT Issue:
  • Cloud Services
LG CNS   Based on 1 reviews
IT Provider Uses Hypervisor Solution to Build B2C Virtual Computer Service in the Cloud
4-page Case Study posted: 03/18/2014 Views: 179

LG CNS is building a Virtualized PC services called CloudPC (cloudpc.lgcns.com) that gives consumers their own Windows-based virtual computer that they can access anytime, anywhere through any device—including Windows-based and Mac computers, smartphones, and tablets. The service needs to meet the company’s high standards for performance, stability, and cost-effectiveness. LG CNS first extensively tested and then chose to build much of its CloudPC service on Windows Server 2012 R2 and its Hyper-V technology, and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. The solution supports a multiple-hypervisor environment, complementing third-party virtualization technologies. This Windows Server infrastructure offers faster virtual machine booting times, more virtual machines per physical server, smaller storage pools using standardized equipment, and lower storage costs through Windows Server deduplication.

  • Publication Date:
  • 03/18/2014
  • Industries:
  • IT Services
  • Business Need:
  • Cloud & Server Platform
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Business Continuity
  • Country/Region:
  • Korea
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  • IT Issue:
  • Cloud Services
Cushman & Wakefield   Based on 99 reviews
Real Estate Firm Trims IT Costs by 75 Percent with Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure
4-page Case Study posted: 03/07/2014 Views: 1012

Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) is a global real estate services group whose rapid growth was being slowed by an expensive and unresponsive datacenter infrastructure. To avoid owning and managing so much overprovisioned hardware, C&W is consolidating its servers into a highly efficient private cloud environment based on Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. C&W worked with Microsoft partner Software Logic to design a hybrid cloud solution that includes both on-premises private cloud and off-premises public cloud resources through Windows Azure. With this strategy, C&W has reduced IT costs by 75 percent and dramatically increased business agility. The IT team can deploy servers in minutes versus weeks, which helps the business grow. Business continuity is also stronger because of the Hyper-V Replica feature in Windows Server 2012.

  • Publication Date:
  • 03/07/2014
  • Partner(s):
  • Software Logic
  • Industries:
  • Other Services
  • Business Need:
  • Cost Containment
  • Cloud & Server Platform
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Service Delivery
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Application Management
  • Country/Region:
  • United States
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Network
  • IT Issue:
  • Private Cloud
Sakura Internet   Based on 2 reviews
Japanese Hosting Provider Offers New Services, Speeds Development with New Platform
4-page Case Study posted: 02/20/2014 Views: 149

Sakura Internet is a Japanese hosting services provider based in Osaka. Since its establishment in 1996, Sakura has focused on providing UNIX and Linux operating system environments. However, with the advent of the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system, Sakura is expanding its focus to Windows-based hosting services to accelerate its business. Sakura has created a new dedicated server offering, new server management services, and new disaster recovery services directed at small and midsized firms. It plans to double its number of Windows services subscribers in a year. With the support it received from Microsoft, Sakura was able to greatly speed development of these new services.

  • Publication Date:
  • 02/20/2014
  • Industries:
  • Hosters & ISPs
  • Business Need:
  • Cloud & Server Platform
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Country/Region:
  • Japan
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager
  • IT Issue:
  • Cloud Services
Western Health   Based on 6 reviews
Australian Healthcare Organization Gains Efficiency, Lower Costs with Private Cloud
4-page Case Study posted: 02/19/2014 Views: 513

Western Health (WH) provides healthcare services to western Melbourne, one of Australia’s fastest growing areas. To help the business rapidly establish new clinics and health services throughout the community, the organization’s information and communications technology (ICT) staff deployed Microsoft cloud software and created a private cloud environment. It uses Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V technology and Microsoft System Center 2012 with Service Pack 1 to deliver servers in two hours versus four days. This kind of efficiency helps the business grow while keeping capital and operating costs in check. WH uses Veeam Backup \u0026amp; Replication software to back up its private cloud quickly and reliably, and it uses Hyper-V Replica and other Windows Server 2012 technologies to gain low-cost disaster protection with a recovery time of hours versus days.

  • Publication Date:
  • 02/19/2014
  • Partner(s):
  • Thomas Duryea Consulting
  • Industries:
  • Health Provider
  • Business Need:
  • Cost Containment
  • Cloud & Server Platform
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Country/Region:
  • Australia
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1
  • IT Issue:
  • Private Cloud
GF Health Products   Based on 3 reviews
Manufacturer Uses Hybrid Cloud Model to Gain Increased Storage, Unprecedented Agility
4-page Case Study posted: 02/19/2014 Views: 1135

GF Health Products is a fast-growing medical equipment manufacturer adept at using technology to speed up its business. However, a number of new technology systems caused data volumes to grow, and the company began to run out of storage space. It turned to Microsoft partner Intellinet to devise a hybrid cloud strategy. GF Health used Microsoft hybrid cloud storage to immediately expand storage, Windows Azure to provide cloud-based virtual machines for development and disaster recovery, and Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 to fashion an on-premises private cloud environment. With this strategy, GF Health gained a nearly limitless pool of storage and freed its small IT staff to focus on solving business problems and speed server delivery. It also gained a cost-effective disaster recovery solution, which the business could never before afford.

  • Publication Date:
  • 02/19/2014
  • Partner(s):
  • Intellinet
  • Industries:
  • Life Sciences, Chemicals; Oil & Gas, Mining
  • Business Need:
  • Cloud & Server Platform
  • Service Delivery
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Country/Region:
  • United States
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • StorSimple
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  • IT Issue:
  • Private Cloud
Paul Smith   Based on 7 reviews
Fashion Retailer Sets the Trend in Business Agility, Launches Hybrid Cloud Solution
4-page Case Study posted: 02/18/2014 Views: 1815

Six years ago, British fashion designer Paul Smith had a goal to optimize its IT function. It sought a vendor that offered interoperable, foundational technologies with the right combination of innovation and value. Paul Smith embraced the Microsoft cloud operating system vision and built an agile, responsive global IT infrastructure, managed by only 15 people, so IT can provide efficient services to ensure that the business continues to play a leading role in the fashion industry—while keeping costs down. Along the way, Paul Smith used Windows Server, Hyper-V, and Microsoft System Center hybrid cloud and data center technologies to virtualize more than 80 percent of its servers, improve data center density by 200 percent, and save more than £840,000 (US$1.4 million) in IT costs in one year. It also reduced recovery time from 48 hours to 5 minutes for its mission-critical applications.\u0026nbsp;

  • Publication Date:
  • 02/18/2014
  • Partner(s):
  • Risual
  • Industries:
  • Specialty Retail
  • Business Need:
  • Cost Containment
  • Cloud & Server Platform
  • Service Delivery
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Country/Region:
  • United Kingdom
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • StorSimple
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  • IT Issue:
  • Private Cloud
Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury)   Based on 1 reviews
'Business as Usual' for Quake-struck NZ Council After Rapid Lync Rollout
2 page Case Study posted: 02/09/2014 Views: 233

After a magnitude 6.3 earthquake devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, 300 Regional Council employees had no place to work. IT staff remotely deployed Microsoft Lync to employee desktops and laptops enabling them to collaborate from their homes and temporary offices via video meetings and shared desktops. As a result, the Regional Council coped with a vastly increased workload, re-routing public transport through shattered streets and arranging disposal for millions of tons of demolition waste.

  • Publication Date:
  • 02/09/2014
  • Industries:
  • Local Government Agencies
  • Resources & Environment
  • Business Need:
  • Business Intelligence and Reporting
  • Business Productivity
  • Cost Containment
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Human Resource Management
  • Mobility
  • Support and Services
  • Unified Communications
  • Business Critical
  • Team Collaboration
  • Service Delivery
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Country/Region:
  • New Zealand
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2013
  • IT Issue:
  • Personal Productivity
  • High Availability
Pakistan Petroleum Limited   Based on 5 reviews
Pakistan Petroleum Protects IT Systems from Disaster by Using Microsoft Private Cloud
4-page Case Study posted: 01/15/2014 Views: 509

Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) needed to ensure greater continuity of IT systems that the business depends on to manage well production and provide communication among geographically dispersed employees and company partners. PPL used the Windows Server 2012 Datacenter operating system and Microsoft System Center 2012 with Service Pack 1 to build a private cloud environment that provides rapid disaster recovery and IT service delivery. Starting business systems in a disaster recovery location now takes just nine minutes versus the nine hours previously required. Configuring new servers takes 10 to 15 minutes rather than three to seven days. Because it can now automate many IT processes, the IT staff has reduced its maintenance and operations work by 70 percent and has more time to focus on new projects that make the business more competitive.

  • Publication Date:
  • 01/15/2014
  • Partner(s):
  • Microsoft Services
  • Industries:
  • Life Sciences, Chemicals; Oil & Gas, Mining
  • Business Need:
  • Cloud & Server Platform
  • Service Delivery
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Country/Region:
  • Pakistan
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Microsoft Consulting Services
  • Datacenter
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1
  • IT Issue:
  • Private Cloud
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