An international manufacturing company faced the challenge of managing a complex infrastructure spanning 78 sites worldwide and organized in silos. This infrastructure, designed to meet specific requirements at various locations, had become too complex for efficient global management.
In collaboration with comdivision, the company created an IT environment that is future-proof, secure, and more manageable.
Cost: Maintaining and managing multiple data centers came with significant costs, including power consumption, hardware upgrades, and personnel expenses.
Complexity of Management: Managing the current, globally distributed desktops required a high level of resources. Deploying patches, upgrades, and configuration changes was time-consuming and prone to errors. There was a lack of unified, centralized desktop management.
Security: Especially in times of pandemics and work-from-home regulations, there was no concept for an easy and secure way to work remotely.
Scalability: The company struggled to scale desktop needs quickly and efficiently to meet changing requirements. This led to bottlenecks and reduced productivity.
The client chose to implement VMware Horizon on Azure in conjunction with the Azure VMware Solution (AVS) to address these challenges. The solution offers the following benefits:
Easy Management and Scalability: Central management of the VDI infrastructure in the Azure cloud reduced complexity and managed resources more efficiently. Infrastructure scaling is simple and fast to meet the company's needs. Desktop images are now centrally managed and automatically distributed across all three cloud hubs. The VDIs from these images can be controlled according to global demand. "Where resources are needed quickly, they can be delivered with a few clicks. For the first time, IT can deliver on demand," says the client's CIO.
To avoid high latencies, the client uses three central Azure Cloud Hubs. One hub serves North and South America, one Europe, and the third ensures fast connections in Asia.
Cost Savings: With the Horizon on Azure solution, not only was an efficient VDI solution achieved, but centralized management and global harmonization with a few images significantly reduced operating costs.
Improved Efficiency through increased Flexibility: The centralized cloud-based desktop allowed employees to use their virtual desktops and applications from various locations and devices. The strengths of Horizon on Azure, which offers a variety of different virtual hardware, were utilized, e.g., VDIs with graphics cards for CAD or high-end CPU VDIs for programmer use cases. This promotes flexible and mobile working, leading to increased productivity and employee satisfaction..
Simpler Management: Centralized management of the VDI infrastructure simplified the deployment of patches, upgrades, and configuration changes, leading to improved efficiency and reduced downtime. Centralized desktop deployment, including applications, not only enabled direct global software and patch rollouts without regional deviations but also transformed various regional IT teams into a global, centrally acting team.
By implementing the Azure VMware Solution (AVS), the client was able to consolidate their data centers. The benefits were numerous, including cost savings, improved efficiency, simpler management, and increased flexibility. The company created an agile, scalable, and robust IT environment that meets the needs of employees and the business.