Toccoa Falls College (TFC) is a Christian educational institution that prepares its 800+ students for vocational and professional occupations. TFC offers 28 majors and 38 minors within three schools that include both on-campus and online courses. With the 4th largest incoming class in the history of the college (276 incoming freshman and transfers), the college was in need of a refresh to their virtualization infrastructure to support the growth in students as well as a plan to double the number of virtualized desktops in the coming years.
The public web server along with approximately 20 other mostly Windows-based Virtual Machines (VMs) were running on 3 VMware hosts with an HP SAN acting as shared storage. The hosts were maxed out on compute and RAM capacity and would either need to be replaced or added to with an additional host. The SAN had long been an IO bottleneck in the infrastructure, and with a virtual desktop (desktop virtualization) initiative in pilot already, it was necessary to start refreshing their infrastructure.