Combining Nimble Storage Flash-Optimized Arrays and Cisco UCS Increases Performance of Business Critical Applications in Virtualized Environment
February 12, 2014 – Both public and private educational facilities today are under tremendous pressure to create more learning opportunities with technology, and on a significantly reduced budget. The College of Idaho is no different, so it recently deployed Nimble Storage’s (NYSE: NMBL) SmartStack for Business-Critical Applications within its virtualized environment. As a result, the College significantly increased the performance of business-critical applications and improved its user experience.
The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The IT team at the College manages the virtualized infrastructure for over 1,200 students and 300 employees. Within its previous IT environment, which consisted of a VMware virtualized environment supported by an HP storage solution, the team suffered severe latency of business-critical applications, including Microsoft Outlook, a learning management system, an enterprise ERP interface, and various educational applications. At times, it could take users more than 30 seconds to load Exchange emails in Outlook, IT administrators over 6 hours to conduct basic server updates, and over 45 minutes to spin up a virtual machine. With the goal of improving latency and access times, the College embarked on an infrastructure refresh project.
“Our decision to look for a new storage vendor was triggered by the need for increased performance, which after selecting Nimble Storage, has done a complete 180-degree turnaround. Nimble Storage’s CASL architecture increases our overall efficiency, by offering us high-speed performance that meets our capacity demands,” said Alan Price, systems administrator at The College of Idaho and a 2010 graduate.
After researching several vendors, The College of Idaho deployed Nimble SmartStack for Business-Critical Applications, a proven, pre-validated environment consisting of a Nimble Storage CS-series array and Cisco UCS blade servers. After the infrastructure upgrade the College has seen significant performance gains of its business-critical applications. End user email now opens instantaneously, and server updates now take place within two hours during the business day with no impact on performance.
“The performance gains have definitely increased the efficiency of our IT team. The fact that we can spin up a virtual machine in less than 5 minutes, which used to take us over 45 minutes, is amazing. After our upgrade, implementing new business applications no longer requires significant planning, and the latency problems we once experienced have been replaced by immediate accessibility for employees and students alike,” added Price. “Our main driver for an infrastructure overhaul was performance, and Nimble Storage was definitely the right solution to meet our needs.”
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About The College of Idaho
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.
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