Before moving to the cloud, this leading retailer had a shared services model, with separate IT groups responsible for the operating systems, network, storage, databases. Anytime there needed to be a production change or triage, these different teams had to be brought together to implement changes and resolutions.
Customer ChallengeThe process worked, but it worked slowly. As the business was trying to adapt to meet both internal and external customer needs, they didn’t have the time to wait for the multiple teams to come together and make the changes. So to provide that engine for that transformation, the company looked to the cloud. With four vCenters, and 10K+ Virtual Machines, workloads were being spread across the production and development environments utilizing a number of clusters and up to 30 provisioning destinations. The IT team began looking for a self-service provisioning solution that could reduce the time for the end-user, as well as the load on the IT group.
With provisioning times sometimes taking days, the IT team began looking for a self-service provisioning solution that could reduce the time for the end-user, as well as the load on the IT group. After conducting evaluations between multiple products, the team decided that Embotics vCommander met and exceeded their needs.
Currently between 20 and 100 VMs are being provisioned each week, each in under 30 minutes, to production and non-production environments, although the product has been tested by the team to provisioning 160VMs in an hour.
Although fast provisioning was the main driver behind the solution, the IT team uncovered other benefits as well, in both cost visibility which is used throughout the organization, and resource rightsizing/optimization.
By introducing rightsizing groups and policies for various workload types, and automating the change requests, over 11,000 GB of memory has been saved along with over 3,000 vCPUs, allowing the company to increase their server headroom from 18% to 40%, and to defer additional hardware purchases of $1.5M. They believe that there is another 10% of additional savings that can be made.
Note: Embotics customers are deriving great benefit from using vCommander and we want to share some of their stories. Unfortunately, we are unable to use all of their names publicly due to confidentiality agreements, but hopefully this series of posts will still be useful to you.