“Even eight years ago when we swapped to DataCore’s SDS platform, we were strong advocates of storage virtualisation, having realised and used SDS effectively for management and consolidation of our VMware estate.” Ed reflects. “When the two local colleges merged in 2014, we were eager to continue with the software-based approach running behind our infrastructure, not least so that we could flexibly increase demand using the hardware already in place.”
Indeed, after the merger into HoW College, expansion was exponential. Academically, HoW increased breadth, offering hundreds of new courses and increasing student numbers. Today the College continues to grow, offering cutting edge courses to over 10,000 students including establishment of a gamification centre of excellence. Within IT, supporting over 700 staff alongside the student community, the Team offers access to critical apps across 200 Virtual Machines, including Microsoft SharePoint, Moodle, Exchange, Windows, in house apps, security apps, and SQL across a total 33 TB pool of storage data, all working in a synchronously mirrored configuration.