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NCE in Education

One of our many long-standing customers is one the biggest colleges in the UK (with over 1,000 staff and in excess of 20,000 students) and meeting the ongoing IT demands of both the staff and the students is the task of the Infrastructure Support Team at the College.

The Storage & Virtualisation architecture has been designed working closely with NCE and scalability and flexibility are key elements of the NCE solution. At the heart of the Storage Area Network (SAN) is a Storage Hypervisor, with its ability to Synchronously and Asynchronously Mirror blocks of storage both locally and over distance using IP links providing full storage resilience between their multiple campus. The underlying storage in the SAN also benefits from Auto-Tiering, with a mixture of High Performance Low Capacity SAS (15k rpm) drive technology and Low Performance High Capacity SAS (7.2k rpm) drive technology in their Arrays providing a perfect combination for this. Connectivity is provided through a mix of Fibre Channel and iSCSI protocols.

NCE have also provided Data Availability and guaranteed uptime in the virtual server environment at the College with a solution that ensures Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for VMware in a Multi-Tenanted environment.  The College stipulated that one specific feature: Automated Recovery Testing (providing peace of mind on the College’s key Mission Critical Virtual Servers) was included and NCE met this objective at a realistic price point where others were unable to offer a solution. 

We have also addressed the College’s Backup needs with a solution providing features including Deduplication, support for both Physical and Virtual Server Backup, Granular Database and Application Backup & Recovery and a visual dashboard summarising the status of the jobs across all campus. NCE also provided and integrated the scalable Disk (based on SATA HDD technology) and Tape Automation (based on LTO) hardware.

Our customer base features a large number of Schools, Colleges and Universities – an audience that are faced with different challenges with budgets, timelines and deliverables topping their priority lists. We also see a high demand from this sector for our warranty extension service providing ongoing support for server and storage hardware that the manufacturers no longer support, coupled with our services to migrate data to new storage when required. The College featuring in this specific Case Study have also benefited from these services.

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