August 29, 2011 11:00 ET

Banco Azteca Chooses VCE to Drive Its VMware View™ Desktop Virtualization Project

Latin America's Leading Banking Institution Teams With VCE for Business Expansion

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2011) - Today at VMworld® 2011, VCE announced that Banco Azteca selected Vblock™ Infrastructure Platforms as the foundation for its VMware View™ desktop virtualization transformation. VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company was formed by Cisco and EMC, with investments from VMware and Intel.

As one of Latin America's leading banking institutions, Banco Azteca serves 15 million customers and has 1,400 branches. To improve information security and streamline bank IT processes, Banco Azteca began an IT upgrade to adopt desktop virtualization with VMware View. With VMware View, it is possible to move proprietary data that traditionally is stored on desktops and laptops to a secure, central location. In addition virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) based on VMware View saves money and better supports mobile workers.

In recent years, Banco Azteca pursued several VDI projects that were unsuccessful because of problems with vendor collaboration and technology integration. Issues integrating different servers, storage, virtualization and other pieces delayed VDI implementation.

Recently, Banco Azteca reviewed VDI options again and initiated a competitive face-off between VCE and another supplier, asking each company to deliver a pilot deployment to 500 users in less than two months. Even though the competition already had a two-month lead, VCE agreed to participate.

A VCE Professional Services team selected the Vblock platform and VMware View™ for the project, which included assessment, design, configuration and implementation.

In the end, Banco Azteca selected VCE due to:

  • The team's speed, quality and commitment to project success -- VCE Professional Services completed the pilot in only five weeks, while the competition was still developing its proof-of-concept after 10 weeks
  • The product's ability to scale up to 5,000 virtual desktops -- with the Vblock platform and VMware View, Banco Azteca will reach its goal of delivering thousands of virtual desktops far more quickly than it had expected
  • VCE's advanced VDI tools and converged architecture -- the VCE system is built around pre-tested and pre-integrated solutions, making it easy to optimize for the bank's desktop configuration requirements

Because of the pilot's success, Banco Azteca has requested proposals for three additional Vblock Infrastructure Platforms -- two supporting operations outside of Mexico and one to support an additional 2,000 VDI seats in Mexico.

"At VCE, we're 100% committed to customer success," said Tim Page, SVP Global Sales at VCE. "We were confident in our capabilities, and proud that we delivered twice as quickly as the competition. We were able to quickly demonstrate how to transform IT infrastructure so that businesses can focus on what's most important -- growing their business."

"A Vblock platform with VMware View™ is the foundation of our Desktop Virtualization deployment and the possibilities for future improvements are exciting," said Raul Hidalgo, Infrastructure Manager at Banco Azteca. "It will give us much more agility as we expand into new markets and offer new lines of business since less physical infrastructure will be required."

About VCE
VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, accelerates the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving time to market for our customers. VCE, through the Vblock platform, delivers the industry's first completely integrated IT offering with end-to-end vendor accountability. VCE's prepackaged solutions are available through an extensive partner network, and cover horizontal applications, vertical industry offerings, and application development environments, allowing customers to focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating and managing IT infrastructure. For more information,