CompNow’s detailed solution proposal provided full descriptions of the server, switching and backup technologies for this major refresh: “With that transparency we understood the what and the why, as well as the upfront and ongoing costs of everything being suggested for each campus,” Rob Fomiatti, Deputy Principal – College Operations and Development at Antonine College, says.
The Dell VRTX converged storage and compute solution converted Antonine’s physical servers to a structured virtualised platform. CompNow also proposed well priced HP/Aruba switching gear, with the modular nature of its 12 bay chassis to deliver scalability and exceptional speeds over the next decade.
The back up solution is based on Software Package Exchange SPX storage software, launched with 60TB of drive space. This true DR level recovery has full back up at both sites and recovery from either site. It gives Antonine a return to ‘usable’ status within two hours and full restoration on new hardware within 24 hours.
This best practice environment was designed to provide drastically increased flexibility, speed of data access and redundancy. It combined value, performance and quality vendor support.
CompNow undertook the engineering, deployment, installation & commissioning of the project. The focus was on great architecture and risk minimisation with a structured rollout across the two campuses over several months.
“We had an all star cast from CompNow working with us on this project. It was an enormous task but they dealt with everything so well. They were available, present and knowledgeable. The highly technical solutions were explained in a way we could understand and have confidence in,” Rob says.