The Waddington Group, Inc. Implements VMware vSphere With Operations Management to Support Business Growth

The Waddington Group, Inc. Implements VMware vSphere With Operations Management 
to Support Business Growth 
Growing Global Packaging Manufacturer and Marketer Virtualizes and
Automates Infrastructure With VMware to Achieve Greater IT Agility;
Reduces Time to Integrate Backend Systems by 80 Percent 
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/14/14 --  VMware, Inc. (NYSE:
VMW) today announced that The Waddington Group, Inc. (TWG), a major
global packaging manufacturer and marketer, has deployed VMware
vSphere(R) with Operations Management(TM), to help it achieve
increased IT agility and efficiency as the company expands through
acquisition and organic growth. VMware vSphere with Operations
Management combines the leading virtualization platform with insight
to IT capacity and performance. 
"The Waddington Group has grown quickly in recent years both
organically and through acquisitions," said Paul Reed, director of IT
at The Waddington Group, Inc. "As the company expands, IT requires a
foundation that offers agility and efficiency to integrate disparate
systems as well as deliver new systems and applications in short
order. We deployed VMware vSphere with Operations Management to help
us virtualize and automate our infrastructure and reimagine how we
deliver IT services moving forward."  
Flexible and Responsive IT Foundation Eases the Company's Expansion 
TWG is a holding company for a number of businesses serving the
disposable food service market in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The
company is comprised of four divisions: WNA in the U.S., POLAR PAK in
Canada, Waddington Europe, and Eco-Products of Boulder, Colo. A
portfolio company of Olympus Partners, TWG is headquartered in
Covington, Ky.  
In the last three years, TWG has expanded through acquisitions in
Canada and the U.S. With each acquisition, TWG's IT staff is counted
on to integrate its backend systems with those of newly acquired
companies within 30 days. To support its continuing growth and
achieve increased efficiency, TWG has adopted server virtualization
more broadly to help rationalize and eliminate duplicate hardware and
software systems. Beyond reducing costs through hardware and software
consolidation, TWG is also focused on lowering power and cooling
consumption costs.  
Following product evaluations, TWG's IT staff selected VMware vSphere
with Operations Management in December 2013 to extend its
virtualization initiatives. TWG completed its implementation in March
2014 with the help of MTM Technologies, Inc., a leading national
provider of innovative information technology solutions and services.
With VMware vSphere with Operations Management now in production, TWG

--  Reduced the time spent integrating backend systems by more than 80
--  Increased consolidation ratio by 52 percent
--  Increased data center efficiency by 34 percent
--  Increased storage capacity utilization by 31 percent
--  Increased memory utilization by 19 percent

Beyond achieving those capacity utilization, cost and time savings
benefits in the near-term, TWG also expects to: 

--  Shorten infrastructure deployment and application development cycle
    times through increased automation
--  Virtualize business critical applications including Microsoft Exchange
    and Microsoft SQL Server
--  Realize higher application and infrastructure availability and
    performance through the use of VMware vSphere features such as
    Distributed Resource Scheduler and VMware vSphere vMotion
--  Ease operations through environment monitoring and alerting with
    single dashboard view

Prior to 2014, The Waddington Group had virtualized its disaster
recovery for its IFS ERP system with VMware solutions. 
Additional Resources 

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Eloy Ontiveros
VMware Global Communications
Beth Handoll
H+K Strategies for VMware
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