Following a review of its IT infrastructure, the college’s IT department found that its previous storage infrastructure was not delivering the acceptable performance, scalability and reliability needed for its students and staff. With courses running at weekends and during holiday time, the demand created a 24/7 working environment, which also became a burden for the college’s lean IT team to manage.
Walsall College chose systems integrator, Viglen, and Hitachi Data Systems as providers of its converged infrastructure solution – comprising Hitachi UCP Select – offering the college a highly reliable, unified, best-of-breed solution for storage, servers, networking and software management. The single management platform will also reduce the burden on the IT team by consolidating the management of different systems.
Students and members of staff will benefit from a 24/7 remote monitoring service, which will identify problems before they escalate. The IT team will value a single support contract from HDS, which provides one source for technical assistance for all the systems within the converged solution.