Before and After We Adopted Server Virtualization

TOM HARDIN | August 14, 2018

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This year Harley-Davidson celebrates 115 years as an iconic U.S. manufacturing company. Through these 115 years, we have continuously evolved to deliver premium experiences that fulfill our customers’ dreams of personal freedom. Harley-Davidson is a global manufacturer, a robust retail and experience business, and a financial services organization that helps dealers and customers through funding and insurance. Our company’s10-year objectives to grow 2 million U.S. riders, grow international business to 50% of annual volume and launch 100 new high-impact motorcycles require an IT organization that adapts quickly to a changing business landscape and enables robust digital experiences while overcoming the limitations of our legacy workloads. These10-year objectives required a transformation in our IT operational efficiencies. As we looked at the industry trends – infrastructure-as-a-service, software defined infrastructure, software-as-a-service and the increased use of digital platforms – we decided that the virtualization of our application and infrastructure stack was a must. We set goals to have higher system availability, simple disaster recovery capabilities, increased operation efficiencies, and cloud-ready infrastructure. Over the last several years, we have accomplished these goals and more by moving 95% of our x86 server workloads to virtualized environments using VMware, Inc.

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