Education Runs on the Scale HC3 Infrastructure
Educational institutions are constantly challenged to keep up with technological innovation. Students need access to modern technology to prepare for a competitive job market and institutions need technology to remain efficient and effective. As virtualization technology solutions offered by VMware and Microsoft have proven to be complex and costly, educational institutions have begun switching to hyperconverged infrastructure solutions like HC3 from Scale Computing to modernize.
From primary to higher education, Scale Computing is meeting IT needs with high marks. Following will be several examples and case studies in education for you to examine.
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Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center (RMCTC) provides career and technical education programming to secondary high school students living in the Muhlenberg and Reading, Pennsylvania school districts and adult students. The educational institution provides attendees with the opportunity to learn up-to-date technical skills in one of 30 programs through hands-on learning activities using state-of-the-art tools and equipment. Through work-based learning opportunities designed to meet the ever-changing demands of business and industry, RMCTC helps students gain the technical and academic skills that will lead to rewarding careers or entry into post-secondary education.
St Richard’s has a 50-year tradition of high quality education as a foundation to build upon, with a goal to transition from print-based teaching to an environment of digital learning excellence.
Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn’s founding. With more than 25,000 students, Auburn University offers more than 140 degree options in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.
Auburn’s schools and colleges include: College of Agriculture; College of Architecture, Design & Construction; Harbert College of Business; College of Education; Samuel Ginn College of Engineering; School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Graduate School; Honors College; College of Human Sciences; College of Liberal Arts; School of Nursing; Harrison School of Pharmacy; College of Sciences and Mathematics; College of Veterinary Medicine
Triton School Corporation is based in Bourbon, IN with approximately 1,000 students and 71 employees all of whom are IT users. The school district operates under the philosophy of continuous quality improvement, ensuring the continuous improvement of processes and outcomes throughout the district for both the students and faculty. To this end, the IT department of 2 looked to implement high availability in their virtualized infrastructure as they expanded their storage footprint.
Anamosa Community School District (Anamosa CSD) is a progressive school district serving a 134 square mile area in Jones County and eastern Linn County in Iowa. The district has adopted a vision to develop and implement strategies that balance technology with social interaction and community. With a new middle school under construction, the organization looked to implement a new IT infrastructure that would continue them down the virtualization path of consolidating their physical server environment
Standard School District has a student population of approximately 2,900 students with three K-5 elementary schools and one middle school in Bakersfield, CA. Schools in the Standard School District are modern, functional facilities that are equipped with computers and various multimedia tools that are all supported by a small staff of 3 in the IT department.
Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Greater Educational Opportunity (GEO) Foundation has been making access to quality schools a reality for children since 1998. GEO incubates quality charter schools and then supports their growth, providing students a path from kindergarten all the way through two years of college. Along this path, students benefit from a substantial technology investment supplemented with E-Rate funding, including a 1-to-1 learning environment for every student at all 5 schools under the GEO umbrella.
Stoke Park School & Community Technology College is a mixed comprehensive inner city and multicultural school providing education primarily for students between the ages of 11 and 18. Stoke Park School found itself with an ageing virtualisation infrastructure running VMware 4.1 that required a license upgrade within the year as well as additional storage in the environment. The school required a system that would provide the high availability and scalability already in place with their traditional VMware environment utilizing shared storage, but with simplicity that would allow for a smooth transition and no additional training. Based on the simplicity seen in implementing Scale Computing’s storage only system in the initial VMware deployment, Stoke Park School selected Scale Computing’s HC3, a hyperconverged infrastructure combining servers, storage and virtualisation in a single, easy-to-use and scalable platform. Stoke Park School recently received its ICT Mark, a nationally accredited scheme recognising technology excellence in UK educational institutions. This was achieved through a high quality strategy that the school continued with the implementation of Scale’s HC3. This planned approach, supported by a dedicated, systematic implementation from engaged staff, ensured that ICT was delivered to all users.
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.