Victoria College, a community college and continuing education hub serving the Crossroads region of South Texas, is one of the many recent examples of companies turning to Dell to modernize its virtual storage environment and computer resources.
To address capacity constraints with its former EMC storage area network (SAN), Victoria College migrated to a more flexible and cost-effective Dell Compellent storage solution that reduces data center costs with a three-fold improvement in storage utilization.
The college has relied on Dell for 15 years for much of its technology infrastructure to provide students and teachers a seamless and dependable learning environment. The Victoria College IT team jumped at the chance to deploy a fully supported Dell Compellent Storage Center with 30 terabytes of raw capacity—up to three times the capacity of its EMC array—for about the cost of the maintenance renewal on its legacy SAN.
To modernize and improve data center efficiency, Victoria College virtualized most of its infrastructure using Dell PowerEdge M610 and M600 blade servers running virtualization software. The Dell Compellent SAN provides the necessary storage capacity to support the virtualized environment and quickly provides new services to students and teachers.Victoria College’s three-fold improvement in storage utilization is a product of Dell Compellent thin provisioning. This enables the institution to make the most of its storage resources without wasting them on pre-allocated and unused storage, compared to its legacy EMC storage array. Thin provisioning allows the college to create storage volumes instantaneously, versus up to two to three minutes with its former solution, also freeing up IT maintenance time. In addition to simplified management, Dell Compellent offers Victoria College no unplanned downtime, giving the college the power to add capacity, dynamically change system configuration and initiate new functionality without interrupting operations and data access.