Hats off to the EMC REDEFINE Award Winners at VMworld 2014

Today, EMC is recognizing companies who are redefining the role of IT in their respective organizations. These leaders are leveraging hybrid cloud and integrated management and orchestration to improve business results and create a more agile and efficient IT organization.   Winners were selected from four different categories including Redefining Hybrid Cloud, Redefining Software-Defined Storage, Redefining Big Data and Redefining Flash – and were honored at VMworld in San Francisco.

And the winners are . . .

Category:  “Redefining Hybrid Cloud Award”

Winner:  Columbia Sportswear Company


Columbia Sportswear Company is an industry leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of innovative outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment.  Columbia’s Hybrid Cloud goes beyond virtualization and automation and is enabling IT to broker services via an automated self-service portal.  Columbia has leveraged the integration between EMC, VMware, Cisco and VCE technologies to virtualize 99% of its infrastructure.  This has enabled them to take that critical next step – automation, provisioning and self-service catalogs. Their Hybrid cloud service has really helped them extend these services to their business partners – seamlessly and transparently and is truly an extension of their data center.

Category:  “Redefining Software-Defined Storage Award”

Winner:  Healthcare Realty

Healthcare Realty

Healthcare Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) that owns, manages, and develops properties associated with the delivery of healthcare services.  Healthcare Realty Trust was selected due to their success in leveraging EMC VIPR’s automation and their integration with VMware which has increased the efficiency of human and hardware resources while ensuring that compliance and auditing requirements are met. Their use of EMC and VMware technologies has helped enable them to provide technology solutions in an agile manner to internal and external users when they need it — securely and reliably.

Category: “Redefining Big Data Award”

Winner:  Inovalon


Inovalon is an industry leader in providing advanced analytics and data-driven solutions to the healthcare industry and is leading the charge with one of the largest healthcare databases in the world enabling meaningful impact that improves clinical and quality outcomes, utilization and financial performance across the healthcare landscape.  No simple feat — however these folks are moving from 2nd platform architecture to a 3rd platform architecture built on advanced analytics from EMC, Pivotal, VMware and RSA.  As a result, Inovalon clients will see dramatically reduced cycle times allowing for complex measure calculations at speeds not seen before in the industry –Talk about Redefining the use of Big Data in healthcare!

Category: “Redefining Flash”

Winner: EmblemHealth


As NY State’s largest health insurer, EmblemHealth’s story provides quality health insurance plans for working New Yorkers and their families. Emblem has achieved that vision by expanding services and hours – however that has also resulted in significant data growth that is putting a lot of performance on their infrastructure. By using EMC Flash technologies, Emblem has been able to quickly address performance requirements of their users.  In fact, they were able to radically reduce their Oracle reporting time from 19 to 3.5 hours!!!  Emblem focused on performance and they have also excelled at implementing a robust disaster recovery and data protection strategy. EMC XtremIO has given Emblem the ability to provision storage for their VDI environment in minutes.  This allows them to focus on supporting 2500 VDI clients and providing their end-users the best possible experience!

EMC is proud to partner with these true innovators.  Congratulations!

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