Dell Server and Storage Enterprise Technology Helps Victoria College Improve Learning Environment
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- Leading community college migrates to Dell from EMC to increase storage capacity and utilization three-fold
- Dell scalable, flexible infrastructure enables learning institution to quickly deliver new services to students, teachers and administrators
- Moving to Dell storage and server technology costs college the same as maintenance renewal on its legacy EMC solution
Victoria College, a community college and continuing education hub serving the Crossroads region of South Texas, is one of the many recent examples of companies turning to Dell to modernize its virtual storage environment and computer resources.
To address capacity constraints with its former EMC storage area network (SAN), Victoria College migrated to a more flexible and cost-effective Dell Compellent storage solution that reduces data center costs with a three-fold improvement in storage utilization.
The college has relied on Dell for 15 years for much of its technology infrastructure to provide students and teachers a seamless and dependable learning environment. The Victoria College IT team jumped at the chance to deploy a fully supported Dell Compellent Storage Center with 30 terabytes of raw capacity—up to three times the capacity of its EMC array—for about the cost of the maintenance renewal on its legacy SAN.
To modernize and improve data center efficiency, Victoria College virtualized most of its infrastructure using Dell PowerEdge M610 and M600 blade servers running virtualization software. The Dell Compellent SAN provides the necessary storage capacity to support the virtualized environment and quickly provides new services to students and teachers.
Victoria College’s three-fold improvement in storage utilization is a product of Dell Compellent thin provisioning. This enables the institution to make the most of its storage resources without wasting them on pre-allocated and unused storage, compared to its legacy EMC storage array. Thin provisioning allows the college to create storage volumes instantaneously, versus up to two to three minutes with its former solution, also freeing up IT maintenance time.
In addition to simplified management, Dell Compellent offers Victoria College no unplanned downtime, giving the college the power to add capacity, dynamically change system configuration and initiate new functionality without interrupting operations and data access.
“With the flexible, modular design of the Dell Compellent SAN, we are able to quickly scale, mix and match the latest drive technologies, and cost-effectively address changing budgetary constraints, which was not possible with our legacy EMC solution,” said Daniel Robinson, Victoria College systems administrator. “Dell’s intuitive and easy-to-use technology gives us the flexibility to evolve over time and focus our attention on delivering quality services to our students, teachers and administrators.”
“Educational institutions like Victoria College are tasked with offering reliable, cost-effective and useful resources that enrich both learning and teaching environments,” said Travis Vigil, Dell Storage executive director. “When combined with Dell PowerEdge blade servers, Dell Compellent offers Victoria College optimal use of its storage resources for a fraction of the cost of the previous solution. The new Dell technology also has vastly decreased the time it takes for Victoria College to get new services up and running, allowing the IT team to focus on delivering valuable educational services rather than managing IT resources.”
About Victoria College
Victoria College has been a respected community partner in the Crossroads region since 1925 and continues to offer quality, affordable educational opportunities to help students achieve their dreams. Victoria College works with area businesses and industry leaders to address the region’s specific employment needs, preparing students for the careers of today and tomorrow.
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