VMware Powers MicroStrategy's Innovative Private and Public Cloud Services

VMware Powers MicroStrategy's Innovative Private and Public Cloud Services 
MicroStrategy Embraces VMware vCloud(R) Suite to Take Its Customer
Experience to a New Level 
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/07/13 --  VMware, Inc. (NYSE:
VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure,
today announced that MicroStrategy(R) Incorporated, a leading
worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) and mobile software,
has implemented the VMware vCloud(R) Suite to power private and
public clouds in support of its internal operations and high-growth
global business analytics Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) businesses.  
Headquartered in Tysons Corner, Va., MicroStrategy is a leading
worldwide provider of enterprise software, including the
MicroStrategy Business Intelligence (BI) Platform(TM), the
MicroStrategy Mobile Platform(TM), and MicroStrategy
Applications(TM). In 2011, business and customer growth compelled
MicroStrategy to re-assess its IT infrastructure and operations.
Following a four-month evaluation, the company decided to build out
private and public clouds powered by VMware software. As a result,
MicroStrategy achieved increased operational flexibility and
scalability, enabling it to more cost-effectively support existing
businesses while bringing new cloud-based services to market.  
"We standardized on VMware software, which offered us a comprehensive
cloud infrastructure and management solution that simplifies IT
operations while enabling agility and business responsiveness," said
Alex Freixas, vice president, Worldwide Information Systems,
MicroStrategy Incorporated. "Not only did we use VMware software to
build private clouds to improve operational processes for our
traditional software business, but we also created a thriving new
business by building MicroStrategy Cloud(TM), one of the world's
leading public cloud services specifically designed for
enterprise-grade business analytics."  
Private Cloud Simplifies Business Operations and Delivers Significant
Productivity Gains 
 Following the design and approval of its cloud
reference architecture, MicroStrategy implemented its VMware
software-based private cloud in only 45 days. Today, MicroStrategy's
private cloud encompasses 3,700 virtualized servers supporting
departments such as IT operations, product development, Quality
Assurance (QA), customer support and sales.  
The private cloud deployment has generated costs savings.
Additionally, MicroStrategy IT also reduced the number of physical
machines required to run IT operations and business units by more
than 200 servers -- lowering the overall cost of maintaining,
powering and storing physical servers.  
In addition, MicroStrategy has experienced productivity gains across
a variety of departments. Engineering has dramatically reduced a
variety of previously manual processes resulting in savings of more
than 8,000 man hours across its global team. The MicroStrategy
salesforce can now provision any customer demo within minutes or a
proof-of-concept environment within hours via its private cloud,
enabling the team to take advantage of business opportunities and
showcase product capabilities faster than ever before. 
MicroStrategy Cloud Services Deliver Cloud Agility and Scalability to
Business Analytics
 The success of its VMware software-based private
cloud environment played a pivotal role in MicroStrategy's decision
to establish a new business -- MicroStrategy Cloud. MicroStrategy
Cloud brings the company's industry-leading business analytics
technology together with best-of-breed analytical databases and data
integration capabilities into one integrated PaaS. Because customers
do not need to buy hardware or software, MicroStrategy Cloud is
easier and faster to set up than traditional BI implementations.
Leading companies and organizations, such as Johnson & Johnson,
Thomson Reuters, Tilly's, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Ingram
Micro, Tapjoy, Angel.com, Coty US, DeRoyal Industries, Elan Polo
International, ViSalus Sciences, Wintrust Financial Corporation, and
the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT), have found value in
MicroStrategy Cloud -- deploying high-value analytical and mobile
applications much quicker, at a lower cost, and with lower risk than
traditional on-premise approaches. 
About the VMware vCloud(R) Suite
 The VMware vCloud(R) Suite 5.1 is a
comprehensive solution that integrates VMware's leading
virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a
single SKU, simplifying the adoption of cloud era technologies. The
VMware vCloud Suite enables the software-defined datacenter, which
delivers on the promise of cloud computing for agile, elastic,
efficient, and reliable IT services by extending the benefits of
virtualization to every domain in the datacenter -- compute, storage,
networking, and the associated availability and security services.
The software-defined datacenter architecture abstracts all hardware
resources and pools them into aggregate capacity, enabling automation
to safely and efficiently dole it out as needed for applications. 
Additional Resources 

--  Read MicroStrategy Case Study: Learn more about MicroStrategy's
    private and public cloud environments
--  Read more about the VMware vCloud Suite
--  Connect with VMware on Twitter and Facebook

About VMware 
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infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the
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they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a
manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With
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customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in
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Eloy Ontiveros
VMware Global Communications
Alex Kirschner
The OutCast Agency for VMware
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