Washington Trust Bank Goes Mobile with VDI using VMware View, Wyse, and Atlantis Computing
Atlantis Computing™, the leader in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) storage and performance optimization solutions, today announced that Washington Trust Bank, the largest independently owned full-service commercial bank in the Northwest, has deployed Atlantis ILIO as part of its VMware View™ 5 desktop virtualization deployment to enable employees to access their virtual desktop from anywhere using Wyse thin clients and zero clients, iPads, personal computers or repurposed corporate PCs.
“For us, VDI is really for our knowledge workers because they require mobility,” said Christopher Green, vice president, IT Infrastructure Systems, Washington Trust Bank. “VMware View and Wyse cloud client computing solutions allows our mobile users to access their virtual desktop from anywhere they have an internet connection, over Wi-Fi or through the 3G devices that are provided to them.”
When Washington Trust Bank first deployed VMware View with traditional SAN storage, the testing and pilot achieved a high level of success. However, as the deployment of virtual desktops grew, Washington Trust Bank sought ways to accelerate the desktop performance during times of peak usage, such as morning logons, when employees began their workday.
“Our employees needed to have performance on par with a physical desktop,” continued Christopher Green. “If we are going to pass users off to a new technology, the expectation is that it will be better than the old.”
Upon further investigation of their existing desktop virtualization environment, the team at Washington Trust Bank sought out solutions to optimize and accelerate the storage IO traffic for peak usage periods.
“One school of thought was to add tons of storage processors and SSDs; but that increased our CAPEX cost and minimized our ROI,” continued Green. “Using Atlantis ILIO with VMware View however enabled us to achieve all the management benefits of the desktop virtualization solution while providing the best end-user experience.”
Using Atlantis ILIO 3.0 with VMware View 5, VMware ThinApp®, Dell Servers, and Wyse P20 PCoIP zero clients and Wyse R90L7 thin clients enabled Washington Trust Bank to deliver high performance desktops at the lowest desktop TCO, thereby meeting the requirements of end-users, IT and the business. The VMware View deployment uses VMware High Availability (HA) and Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS) with Atlantis ILIO to ensure the continuous availability of virtual desktops.
To watch the Washington Trust Bank video case study, visit www.atlantiscomputing.com/washingtontrustbank
To register for a live Webcast “Washington Trust Bank VDI Best Practices for Mobility, Storage & DRS” on May 31st at 9AM PDT, visit bit.ly/wtbankwebinar
Quotes from Atlantis Computing, VMware and Wyse:
“Washington Trust Bank is one of several examples of how customers benefit from Wyse cloud client computing solutions,” said Ricardo Antuna, senior vice president, Business Development and Alliances, Wyse Technology. “The combination of Atlantis Computing, Dell, VMware and Wyse solutions bring unprecedented value to our customers by enabling alternative computing models.”
“Customers are seeking ways to reduce their desktop TCO while improving the end-user experience as they accelerate their journey to the cloud with VMware View™,” said Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, End-User Computing, VMware. “We are happy to partner with Atlantis Computing to enhance the performance and TCO value for our customers.”
“The IT organization at Washington Trust Bank did a terrific job designing their VMware View deployment for success and worked closely with our service organization to deliver a superb user experience while decreasing costs,” said Bernard Harguindeguy, CEO of Atlantis Computing.
Atlantis ILIO is a VDI storage and performance optimization software solution that complements VMware View to optimize storage and boost desktop performance. Atlantis ILIO fundamentally changes the economics and performance characteristics of VDI reducing the amount of storage needed and enabling the use of less expensive storage.
About Washington Trust Bank
Washington Trust Bank is the largest independently owned full-service commercial bank in the Northwest, serving the region since 1902. A wholly owned subsidiary of W.T.B. Financial Corporation, Washington Trust Bank has assets of nearly $4 billion. Headquartered in Spokane, Washington Trust currently has 41 branches and offices in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. The bank employs approximately 750 people. Details can be found at www.watrust.com. The bank is also active on Facebook and Twitter.
About Atlantis Computing
Atlantis Computing is transforming enterprise desktop computing by making virtual desktops more affordable, reducing implementation risks and addressing key barriers to market adoption: storage costs and user acceptance. Atlantis Computing software complements Citrix and VMware solutions by reducing the amount of storage needed, enabling the use of less expensive storage, and boosting the performance of desktop and mobile devices. Atlantis Computing is headquartered in Mountain View, California.