Virtualisation and SAN deployment
Torquay Girls Grammar School selected Nexus to supply and deploy a new computer systems infrastructure based around VMware vSphere and Dell server and storage hardware. The new platform had to provide high availability, improved performance and scalability for the school's future growth.
Torquay Girls' Grammar School in South Devon is a selective grammar school for girls aged 11-18. With academy status, it is a member of the South West Academic Trust - a collaboration of seven high-performing grammar schools and Exeter University. Examination results regularly place the school in the top twenty state girls' schools nationally.
The school's existing IT infrastructure consisted of a Windows 2008 R2 domain, with several physical servers performing specific roles within the environment; a single HP server was running VMware ESXi 4.1 under a free licence, configured with three production virtual guests. The IT team at the school were satisfied with the performance and stability of the VMware platform and were looking to implement a virtual infrastructure that could provide High Availability (HA) and scalability for anticipated future growth.
Following a number of meetings with Senior Sales Consultants and Systems Engineers, Nexus proposed a strategy that would see the deployment of new Dell servers and storage hardware, together with the setup of a replacement virtual environment using VMware vSphere 5. This solution would allow the school to eventually complete the migration of their existing physical servers to the new platform through Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) processes.
The key deliverables of this project included:
- Supply, installation and configuration of Dell PowerEdge R620 Server
- Virtual environment installation and deployment using VMware vSphere 5 Essentials
- Storage environment deployment and configuration using Dell EqualLogic PS4100X SAN Array
- Servers migrated using a combination of P2V migration and clean deployment methods
- Backup of virtual servers in the new environment using Veeam Essentials Enterprise
The project was successfully completed over a period of 5 days by Nexus Engineers and all outcomes of the proposed plan were delivered. The new hardware and VMware vSphere platform provides the school with improved systems performance, manageability, availability and flexibility, whilst also optimising their existing hardware investment and contributing to a robust DR strategy. Nexus continue to provide the school with IT advice and sales consultation.