VMware's Unified Platform Boosts Active Network's Business Operations

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: VMware’s unified platform helps Active Network, provider of software as a service for activity and participant management, to improve its business operations and transform their IT operations.

By using VMware vRealize Automation, ACTIVE Network IT is reclaiming its inactive resources and reusing them to increase IT efficiency and savings.

VMware's unified platform for the cloud enables ACTIVE’s organization to develop its own private cloud infrastructure by leveraging software-defined networking to deliver a service oriented architecture that delivers technology on a secure internal platform.

With VMware vRealize Automation the IT staff is also building a self-service catalog for automated delivery of IT services to its developers. They can now access blueprints that streamline the design of applications or new development environments.

Through the integration of VMware vRealize Automation and VMware NSX, developers can automate the provisioning of full applications, or test and dev environments, complete with all of the required networking and security serviced provided by VMware NSX. It also helps in minimizing the risk of human error.

VMware NSX deployed in production is also working on improving the data center security of ACTIVE Network. It offers ACTIVE Network several advantages over traditional network security approaches, including automated move/add/change for workloads, distributed policy enforcement at every virtual interface and in-kernel, scale-out firewalling distributed to every hypervisor and baked into the platform.

Nate Motyl, Vice President of Global Technology Operations, ACTIVE Network, says, “VMware technology is helping us eliminate inefficiencies, better utilize the resources we've purchased and relieve spikes in demand through a cloud approach. Using this new SDI strategy, we decrease our build time by an order of magnitude, enhance our build quality assurance, and do so with a lower resource commit.”