Set amidst 40 acres of idyllic English countryside in Somerset is Bruton School for Girls, a school that celebrated its centenary in 2001, with an increasingly recognised academic and artistic reputation. The School offers a range of boarding choices with the option to choose between full, weekly or flexi boarding – ideal for busy families or those with second homes in the South West.
In 2016 students and staff expect the latest ICT (Information and Communications Technology) infrastructure and resources to be provided, and this is the responsibility of Jon Elliott ICT Manager at the School.
Jon explains: “We live in the generation where technology is an integral piece of day to day life, and access to information is expected to be readily available on demand. The girls will log in from home or from wherever they are and use remote tools to conduct their course work, meaning it is imperative that we provide them with access to this data. The education sector is very competitive and if one school is offering something that you don’t have, then this may be the key in the decision of where that child will go.”
Working closely with trusted partner NCE the School has implemented a Storage Area Network (SAN) to underpin their ICT infrastructure, an infrastructure that has recently seen a further five virtual servers, based on Microsoft Hyper-V, added to the environment.
SANsymphony-V from DataCore Software delivers the reliability and resilience that the School require. Running on a pair of Dell PowerEdge R720 Servers with around 5TB of capacity from internal storage comprising of a mix of SAS (10k rpm) and Nearline SAS (7200rpm) drives, the SANsymphony-V software leverages Enterprise-class features including Storage Pooling and Synchronous Mirroring to provide flexibility and redundancy.
John Greenwood is the Director of Sales for DataCore Gold Partner NCE and comments “SANsymphony-V continues to be a popular choice for the public sector as it compliments existing storage hardware adding features that cannot typically provided without ripping out the infrastructure and starting all over again. Having worked with DataCore for over 10 years we know that customers who implement the technology are happy that they have chosen and spent their available budget wisely.”
The solution also takes into account the future demands for capacity and performance as Jon Elliott explains “The SAS pool is about 57% free and the SATA is about 50%, so we have plenty of headroom to allow for expansion and scalability for the future.”
Jon adds “Our objective is to be seen as a leader at the cutting edge with the latest technology – something the SAN solution has allowed us to achieve.”
Peace of mind is paramount to anyone tasked with managing an IT Infrastructure and Jon emphasises how this Solution has provided him with exactly that, “If anything, the most secure, stable and resilient aspect of our whole network is the SAN. It is the heart of our system. I look at it probably once every 2 weeks because it just works.”
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