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Washington Trust Selects EMC, VMware to Build Private Cloud

The Washington Trust Company, the nation’s oldest community bank, has built a high performance, cost effective private cloud with EMC® unified storage , EMC backup and recovery and VMware® vSphere® virtualization  and cloud infrastructure solutions, reporting improved applications recovery and increased cost savings since doing so.

With managing and scaling their previous IT environment becoming a more time consuming, costly process, Washington Trust decided to build a private cloud using EMC unified storage and VMware vSphere virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. They virtualized environments using VMware technology including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server-based check and statement imaging and loan processing, as well as Oracle test and development servers. Washington Trust is now looking at virtualizing desktops with VMware View™ and a Vblock™ Infrastructure Platform from VCE, the Virtual Computing Company, formed by Cisco and EMC, with investments from VMware and Intel.

“Now, our server and unified storage resources are ready in a few hours at no additional IT operational cost,” said Mark Smithey, Washington Trust vice president of Technology Services. “Because we virtualized 90% of our IT infrastructure, we reduced our servers from 50 to just 4, resulting in additional cost savings in our data center operations.  With our EMC and VMware cloud, IT has become an enabler of growth and banking services to our customers. Supporting our users in a faster, more efficient and agile way has been amazing. We can develop strategic plans and solutions that will allow us to scale three to five years down the line.”

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