Hereward College, Data Storage

Hereward College

Data storage platform designed to help businesses combine block storage

The Brief

Hereward College, is a leading college for those with special educational needs, which prides itself on its technological capabilities. It had been experiencing performance issues since the beginning of the year as its previous SAN system, was overloaded and becoming too slow for the college’s requirements, which included a roaming profile with remote desktop provision for students. The Coventry-based college was using large capacity, slow disc and wanted to invest in a fibre channel infrastructure to improve performance,and connectivity between its storage area network and applications.

Key Deliverables

  • Allows the college to invest in a variety of disc technologies including SAS disks and solid state disks, thin provisioning, de-duplication and compression
  • Highly scalable and removes the possibility of storage capacity being reached within it’s planned lifecycle at the College
  • Provides cost effective, expandable and compatible storage, which proves best fit with existing infrastructure
  • Removes system speed bottleneck and facilities students’ roaming profiles and remote desktops

The Solution

The college opted for the EMC VNX5300 series. This storage platform is designed to help businesses combine block storage, DAS application storage and file servers into a single storage array. The VNX series is a multi-protocol system that enables organisations to cost-effectively manage their storage.

The Result

Ian Meaton, network manager at Hereward College, says “Thanks to the EMC VNX series, the college can utilise roaming profiles which means that desktops and files move with the students, allowing them to become very mobile.
“101 Data Solutions stood out for us as they showed knowledge and an excellent understanding of the products available. Although this purchase was outside of our usual process plan, we hit a snag and needed to do something about it.
“Not only were 101 Data Solutions knowledgeable and responsive, but their close relationship with EMC meant they could provide even more product intelligence. We felt they were a safe pair of hands and would happily work with them again.”

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Contact 101 Data Solutions

101 Data Solutions, Paulton House, Old Mills, Paulton, Bristol. BS39 7SX.

 

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