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St. Andrews College gains convergence value today; with a foundation to build upon: CI Case Study

Welcome back from your holiday break – I hope it was restful. When I think about 2013 IT priorities, it became apparent that many organizations have set a charter that includes modernizing their infrastructure, becoming more nimble through convergence, and exploiting the full value of virtualization and the cloud. I think these initiatives are the accepted way to increase IT speed and agility, shift resources from operations to innovation, and reduce costs – a precursor to attack the big shifts in the industry such as Big Data, Social Media, and Mobility.


St. Andrews College-small.jpgSo to kick off the New Year, I chose a customer who uses HP Converged Infrastructure technologies to modernize and upgrade their networking, server, and storage capabilities: St. Andrew’s College – an independent school located in Christchurch, New Zealand.


   “Over the last three years, we’ve substantially modernized
    our network and infrastructure. The HP Networking and
    HP BladeSystem will provide the core infrastructure, and
    we’ll add to it from there.”

                                                                                              Sam McNeill, Director of ICT, St Andrew’s College


IT staff at schools around the world are working to upgrade their IT infrastructure to provide students with the technology-based education they will need in the modern economy. St. Andrews is one of those. The school was outgrowing its IT infrastructure, which was a hodgepodge of IBM and beige box servers; IBM and HP storage; and aging Cisco networking equipment. The schools journey started several years ago when it decided to modernize its infrastructure by deploying HP BladeSystem equipment with a C7000 chassis and HP ProLiant BL460c G7 blade servers - with Microsoft Hyper-V to virtualize their applications on the blades.


Within months of deploying the servers the school was hit with a serious earthquake that severely damaged some of the buildings on campus. After focusing on rebuilding for more than a year, the school recently got back to the infrastructure upgrade by adding HP storage and replacing their Cisco networking equipment with HP Networking switches and HP wireless networking equipment in the dormitories. The switches give them modern networking capabilities at the edge and capacity to expand their environment.


The school met its modernization objectives that included getting more IT equipment into their server room with better power consumption, increased network capacity, better management capabilities, and improved application performance. The school also uses HP Virtual Connect to improve networking flexibility and HP Insight Control to improve management.


     “We would like to have the HP solution because we know it would tie in nicely with our existing
       HP Converged Infrastructure and use the same management interfaces ... we can also be
       confident that we’ll get the same great support and service as we always have from HP.”
                                                                                                                                 Ryan Brinch, systems administrator, St Andrew’s College


I like this case study because it illustrates how it takes multiple technologies designed for convergence to deliver the sought after infrastructure convergence value while also establishing an easy path to build upon. Case in point; St Andrews now has plans to add HP ProLiant Gen 8 blades to its c7000 enclosure to replace the remaining rack servers. The Gen 8 blades will be used as virtualization hosts because of its processing power and capacity for large amounts of RAM; plus, many of the new Gen8 features like the smart drive technology with self-diagnosis capabilities and visual indication of status are particularly attractive.


You can read more details from the St. Andrews College Case Study, or explore our library of HP Converged Infrastructure case studies.


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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