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Nimble upgrades IT for Singapore school

Anuradha Shukla | Dec. 15, 2014
Deploys Nimble SmartStack for The Canadian International School.

Nimble has upgraded IT for The Canadian International School (CIS), which provides elementary to high school education for almost 3,000 students in Singapore.

CIS wanted to reduce physical servers and was also searching for an effective storage solution.

The school deployed Nimble SmartStack, a pre-validated reference architecture developed for VMware Horizon View using Nimble Storage arrays and Cisco UCS.

The deployment resulted in reduction in resource usage from 24 servers on five racks to two racks.

Nimble has also succeeded in reducing the space required in data centre leading to a reduction in heating and electricity consumption.

"Nimble is a good fit because it has the balance we require between price, capacity, and performance," said CIS IT network manager, Stephen Naval.

Replacing old servers

Before servers were replaced the network was running on 24 servers, which were very old and consumed many resources.

CIS upgraded the data centre infrastructure by introducing a new VMware virtual environment that reduced the number of physical servers required.

Instead of buying more servers to replace what already existed, the school leveraged virtualization to become more flexible and more energy efficient. A new, more efficient storage solution was also deployed.

"The way I see it, because Nimble technology uses two combinations of hard drives, SIS and SSD, it can give both capacity and good in-line compression," added Naval. "When my users store the data, Nimble immediately compresses without the user knowing it's happening. This gives me good value for storage and if we need the flexibility to expand or if we need more storage, we can just add another bay."

CIS encountered some issues regarding email alerts when setting up the storage but this problem was immediately detected and solved by Nimble's support portal, InfoSight.

 

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