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Organizations Transform Their Businesses With Integrated Technology From Cisco and VMware

Organizations Transform Their Businesses With Integrated Technology From Cisco 
and VMware 
Diverse Customer Set Utilize Integrated Private Cloud, Data Center
and Desktop Virtualization Solutions to Realize Greater Agility,
Flexibility, and Productivity 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/27/13 --   VMworld(R) --
Today at VMworld, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and VMware announced that a
growing number of customers are using joint private cloud, data
center, and virtual desktop solutions from the two companies to
accelerate business transformation and increase IT agility. Around
the world and across vertical industries, customers are utilizing the
combination of Cisco Unified Computing System(TM) (UCS) and VMware
virtualization technologies to fuel a wide variety of
business-critical applications. Recent examples of these innovative
customers include Choice Hotels International, Columbia Sportswear,
and Northrim Bank. 
Choice Hotels International 
 Choice Hotels franchises more than
6,200 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms in more than 30
countries, under the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion,
and other brands. The company recently built a new data center
infrastructure and redesigned the software that supports hotel
franchisees. The new services-oriented architecture, built on the
Cisco UCS and VMware vSphere(R) has resulted in immediate efficiency
gains.  
"Cisco's intelligent infrastructure and VMware virtualization turned
out to be a winning combination for Choice Hotels," said Todd Davis,
chief information officer, Choice Hotels International. "We migrated
900 virtual servers in one-third the time it took us to migrate 188
physical servers. We have reduced space, power, and cooling
requirements, while accelerating time-to-market for in-house
applications. Our IT strategy has enabled us to increase
profitability for our hotel franchisees." 
Columbia Sportswear
 A global leader in the manufacture and wholesale
of active outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment with
over 3,200 employees across 45 locations, Columbia Sportswear faced
an aging and costly Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) infrastructure
while in the midst of a rapid business expansion. To help sustain the
company's strong projected revenue growth for the next few years,
Columbia moved to a new SAP ERP system underpinned by VCE Vblock(TM)
Systems -- featuring converged compute and network technology from
Cisco, storage and data protection from EMC, and server
virtualization and virtualization management from VMware. This
private cloud is highly available and elastic, supporting faster
time-to-market, while reducing operating costs.  
"Projects that used to take us weeks to deploy, now take days or even
hours," said Michael Leeper, Director of Global Infrastructure at
Columbia Sportswear. "Cisco UCS and VMware vSphere integrates with
our existing Cisco Nexus-based network to deliver agility and
intelligence to our systems, enabling the IT team to be more service
oriented and respond more quickly to tough business requests." 
Northrim Bank 
 A commercial bank headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska,
Northrim Bank employs 250 people in 11 branches across 350 miles in
southern Alaska. Northrim sought to upgrade the bank's legacy
infrastructure to dramatically increase the speed of service at the
bank's teller stations. The company combined virtualized
infrastructure in a central co-location facility with branch
infrastructure built on the Cisco Office-in-a-Box Solution with Cisco
UCS E-Series Servers and VMware Horizon View(TM). Combined with an
overhauled wide area network (WAN) built on Cisco Nexus and Catalyst
switches, the solution helped drop branch office infrastructure
operating costs by 50%, while speeding system response times and
strengthening business continuity.  
"In a vast geographical territory, we are able to meet our
business-critical needs to provide 24/7 banking services to our
customers," said Erick Stoeckle, Network & Systems Manager at
Northrim Bank. "Having an integrated solution from Cisco and VMware
reduced the complexity of a new branch setup, allowing us to cut our
rollout time by half and enabling us to manage a single solution
instead of multiple components. Together, Cisco and VMware have
helped us deliver a truly cloud-based application construct to our
customers." 
Winning Combination: Cisco and VMware
 The combination of Cisco UCS
servers with VMware infrastructure can provide value, flexibility,
and agility to customers of all sizes. Organizations continue to use
Cisco and VMware innovations to build some of the most advanced
private cloud, data center, and desktop virtualization solutions. 
Cisco innovations at the ASIC level deliver application performance
and policy control for virtualized workloads. Cisco's Unified
Computing System incorporates software control of complete server
configuration to a degree unique in the industry. Rich, API-enabled
integration achieved in collaboration with VMware enables
policy-based provisioning and administration of both physical servers
and virtual machines from within VMware software. These combined
technology innovations from Cisco and VMware can maximize the
potential of virtualization and cloud to transform IT capabilities
and improve data center economics for customers. 
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About VMware 
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cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in
the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the
way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources
in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs.
With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 500,000
customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in
Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found
online at www.vmware.com. 
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