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WWT Helps Save Millions With VMC on AWS and Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

World Wide Technology (WWT) prides itself on solving customer challenges and achieving measurable results by creating validated solutions that are targeted to specific needs. But sometimes a single solution can provide an added bonus, serving as a model for other customers to emulate.

In This Case Study

Take for example a recent WWT solution to help a large health services organization migrate to a secure, hybrid cloud environment that meshed well with existing infrastructure, applications and skillsets – all without disrupting normal operations and being painless to implement. To achieve this balancing act, WWT’s hybrid solution featured VMware Cloud (VMC) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) .The result was a functional, scalable hybrid cloud environment that is agile and resilient while offering ease of management. 

Now, that winning solution begets another success story, this time in the energy industry. Learn how another WWT customer achieved a host of benefits from a similar hybrid cloud migration, saving millions of dollars in the process. 

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The customer challenge

Operational differences and cost inefficiencies

This customer, an oil and gas company, made a common miscalculation: replatforming application workloads that were not a good fit for cloud-native compute services and changing operational models for the same. Migrating all workloads to cloud-native compute services did not line up with existing operational processes such as management, security tools, and reporting.  Even after right-sizing the workloads on cloud-native compute services, the customer was in a position to benefit from a cost perspective if they could somehow control how underlying physical resources were consumed (commonly referred to as oversubscription) for a certain subset of these workloads. Additionally, the customer could further benefit from an operational and tooling perspective if that could somehow be accomplished using a software defined ecosystem they were already familiar with.

In short, the customer’s original cloud migration strategy for the applications in question might have been the best idea at the time, but cloud strategies should be iterative, revisited from time to time to ensure things are being done in the most performant, reliable, secure and cost effective manner given the technology and solutions currently available.  By helping the customer adopt and migrate to VMC on AWS with Intel® architecture, WWT helped them transition to a hybrid cloud strategy that would allow them to capitalize on existing skillsets and tooling while reducing operational costs and maintaining their desired adjacency to other cloud-native services.

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WWT's solution

The latest VMware Cloud on AWS, powered by Intel® technology

For those unfamiliar, VMC on AWS allows organizations to maintain their current software licenses as well as their existing skillsets and operational practices as they migrate workloads to the Public Cloud.  Utilizing the global footprint of highly resilient AWS facilities significantly reduces the need for investing in building and maintaining data centers. In addition, customers can take advantage of a vast assortment of AWS cloud-native services encompassing storage, databases, serverless functions, analytics and AI, security and more.

As recently as two years ago this customer solution would have been unfeasible, owing to technology and cost limitations at the time. But, that has all changed now that VMC on AWS is enabled by the new i3en instances featuring 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Platinum processors

The new Amazon EC2 i3en instances deliver:

  • More power to consolidate demanding application workloads, offering up to 96 vCPUs.
  • Greater storage capacity and performance for data-intensive throughput, using the latest Intel technology and all-NVM Express (NVMe) solid state devices.
  • Up to 50 percent reduced cost for storage-bound workloads over earlier instances.
  • Up to 100 Gbps of sustained network bandwidth, 4X more than previous instances.

For their part, today’s compute-dense 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Platinum processors contain more cores, 5X more NVMe scalable storage, greater PCIe bandwidth, and up to 4x25 GB NICs, versus the previous 1x25 GB NICs. As the two principal ingredients of the VMC on AWS solution, the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Platinum processor and the i3en nodes are significant for supporting new, storage-heavy workloads such as large-scale databases that previously didn’t make sense in the cloud – dramatically expanding flexibility when formulating a hybrid cloud strategy.

For example, using the previous technology, the customer would have required 53 of the older i3 nodes, at a cost of almost $6 million over three years. But, thanks to these technology advancements, the work would require just 17 i3en instance nodes, leading to a $1.8 million savings over that same period.

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WWT’s unique ‘cloud smart’ tested and validated approach

WWT’s ‘cloud smart’ process begins by examining many interconnected elements – compliance requirements, security, cost considerations, applications, IT skillsets and experience, to name a few – in order to identify which workloads should migrate to the Cloud, remain on-prem or even move to other locations. We also apply our deep technology experience to propose the most efficient solution. 

In this customer example, we utilized the powerful but little-known VMware vCenter Converter tool, normally used to convert physical machines into virtual machines without downtime or rebuilding, but in this case used to convert virtual machines on one platform to virtual machines on another, saving significant time and money.  

In addition, we tested and validated our customer’s solution in our Advanced Technology Center (ATC) – demonstrating the customer benefits to be gained and providing detailed documentation for deployment and operation. WWT verified the workability and bottom-line benefits of the VMC on AWS solution based on Intel architecture and deployed the solution in a few weeks, with the ability to scale up or down as needed in minutes.

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Benefits of VMC on AWS with Intel technology apply to many industries

To survive and thrive in today’s marketplace, data centers must modernize, freeing IT managers to focus on initiatives that promote business value instead of getting tied up in day-to-day data center operations.  In addition, businesses need a “cloud smart” approach to their transformation – and it’s critical to have experienced guidance to migrate workloads correctly and with confidence. 

From healthcare to the oil and gas industry, WWT’s unique solution leveraging VMware Cloud on AWS, powered by the latest Intel® technology, can achieve many tangible and valuable benefits across a range of industries, potentially including significant savings in both financial costs and time to delivery. 

Reach out today for a personalized lab, technology briefing or onsite visit to see the advantages of adopting “cloud-smart” strategies and hybrid cloud deployment models for yourself.