Converged Infrastructure

80% more capacity / faster provisioning now while preparing for what’s next: CI Case Study

Case Study - Edmonton - small.jpgEdmonton Catholic School District, in the province of Alberta, consists of 87 schools with an enrollment that exceeds 34,000 students. The School District is committed to supporting technological innovation in education while supporting their plan for growth. In this case, the IT team knew that it needed a more robust data center that could handle new technologies as the District chose to adopt them. It also wanted to build an additional data center to provide redundancy and be in a good position for the years ahead.


I chose this recent customer to exemplify that most organizations – regardless of industry sector – are taking a journey towards infrastructure convergence. The journey approach makes sense because every establishment needs immediate value from their IT decisions in terms of more agility, more innovation, and better cost benefits. But most also need to protect their current investments with leading technologies that are open and standards-based that provide a clear path for what’s next. That is one of the big differences with HP Converged Infrastructure solutions; it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ approach offered by other vendors. The fact is, businesses are at different stages of convergence and IT maturity. Many are still quite siloed and are just beginning to standardize and consolidate their IT infrastructure. Others have virtualized most of their server environment and are now in the process of taking virtualization across other technology domain areas, processes, and adding skills. And a few have started to automate the provisioning of infrastructure and applications.


Net net: The HP Converged Infrastructure portfolio has been engineered to help our customers gain the value of convergence at their own pace and based upon their unique requirements and current investments.


This is the case with the Edmonton Catholic School District. The District decided to upgrade its current data center and outfit its new data center with Converged Infrastructure technologies to consolidate its environment using more powerful servers and virtualization.


Case Study Journey - small.pngIn this first phase of their journey, the school district deployed HP ProLiant servers; HP Networking switches in the racks and at the core; and, modern storage architectures withHP Converged Storage solutions that included HP LeftHand Storage systems to support its Microsoft Hyper-V virtualized environment, HP EVA4400 Storage system to support applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server and PeopleSoft in its physical environment, and HP MSAs for backup storage. The District also used HP Insight Manager and HP iLO to manage its server environment. Because of this, the district was able to gain immediate convergence value:


  • Consolidated their server footprint by 60 percent
  • Achieved 80 percent more capacity to provide room for growth based on their five-year plan
  • The ability to provision new servers in less than 10 minutes
  • A highly flexible infrastructure design that enables 100 percent uptime with simplified disaster recovery


The bottom-line: All this ensures their critical education applications are always available while preparing the students for “a world not yet realized”.


I invite you to read more about the Edmonton Catholic School District case study, or explore our library of HP Converged Infrastructure case studies to see how others are taking their journey to convergence.


Let me know if you have any comments or feedback about this blog.


As always, thanks for your time,




NOTE: The numbers and benefits in all our Converged Infrastructure case studies are not HP claims. They are the actual results reported by the company being profiled.

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