Case Study: Solutions for Education

A high-school district in western Cook county had accumulated numerous servers over the years for various programs and systems.  The number of servers had reached the limit of the power and cooling that was available and the servers had started spilling out of the server room due to a lack of space.  All this was occurring while additional needs still had to be addressed.  The district needed something that could be implemented quickly and at a reasonable cost.

Clustered Virtual Servers

E2 Services recommended that the district implement Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005.  The district already had servers that could handle the load with minor hardware upgrades and a SAN was available to house the shared storage. With some additional disk installed in the SAN, it would facilitate clustering the virtual machines and the general file & print the district utilized. To accommodate the additional network demand placed on each server, a 10Gb NIC was to be installed into each node of the cluster.

E2 Services implemented the four-node cluster, migrated all file & print serving directly into the cluster. Created storage areas to house the virtual machines and migrated 12 servers from physical to virtual utilizing HP’s P2V migration utility. 10Gb network cards were installed into the network core to provide high-speed access to the virtual machines and other clustered resources. The project was completed in just over 1 month.

The clustered virtual servers provided the district with the capacity to add additional virtual servers as needed for new projects. The solution also provided a high-availability environment that can automatically tolerate an entire server being down with only seconds of downtime to transition the resources. In all cases the applications performed at the same or better level than they had performed on their older physical machines.

The E2 Services solution provides the district with:

– A high-performance & fault-tolerant platform.
– The ability to move virtual servers to new hardware without re-installing the applications.
– A significant reduction in power, space, & cooling requirements.
– The potential to add additional systems faster and without additional hardware investment.

Solution Overview:

Industry: Education

Solution: Implementation of virtual server to consolidate physical server to reduce power, space, & cooling requirements.

Benefits:

– Flexibility
– High-Availability
– Reduction in cooling
– Reduction in power
– Reduction in space

Technology Used:

– HP Proliant Servers
– MS Windows Server
– MS Virtual Server
– HP ProCurve

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