Palmer’s College
STORAGE EXPERIENCE
About us
• Medium sized 6th Form -2200 Full time students- 180 staff.
• Single site- Apart from separate Sports center.
• ...
Existing Kit and our Dilemma
• Approximately 20 physical Servers- IBM with some virtualisation
backend servers - conservat...
Decisions-Decisions..
• Contacts made with Technical IT companies on what they thought
would be the best solution.
• Mostl...
Coraid and my worries!
• We immediately started to take a look at Coraid in some detail –Visit
to Colchester as they had a...
Purchase & Installation
• Purchased two SRX3200, 2 xVRX (mirroring) + foc SRX2800 –
IBM Host servers x 3. 10 Gig HBA’s .Al...
Our Experience
• Two days before Staff & students arrived back decided to install
Vsphere 4.1
• One day before…Oh $£^!!
• ...
Summary
• “We initially looked at Coraid because of the low TCO but we
were then blown away by the performance and the sim...
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Jisc RSC Eastern Technical Managers forum 14th May 2014 'Palmers college storage2' presentation

  1. 1. Palmer’s College STORAGE EXPERIENCE
  2. 2. About us • Medium sized 6th Form -2200 Full time students- 180 staff. • Single site- Apart from separate Sports center. • 800-900 Devices connected. • Common Storage Issues – We need more space!
  3. 3. Existing Kit and our Dilemma • Approximately 20 physical Servers- IBM with some virtualisation backend servers - conservative with data Always wanted what was deemed one of the best — fired for buying IBM? • Our IBM DS range Fibre channel SAN- not enough storage for Virtualisation. • Loved virtualisation - Visit to Havering College & showed datacentre with ‘live vmotion’. • Core HP Switch kit also needing an update • Dilemma on how we were going to afford kit fast enough for large scale virtualisation plus a large increase of storage?
  4. 4. Decisions-Decisions.. • Contacts made with Technical IT companies on what they thought would be the best solution. • Mostly the Big players i.e. EMC, IBM, HP, Dell but also spoke regarding Hitachi. • Started getting in prices but mostly iscsi…Ouch!—Would iscsi cope? FC overly complex and out of price range? • Colchester 6th Form – Chris mentioned his issues with their current SAN infrastructure and how it would cost £££’s to improve – more disks - hated the vendor lock in. Support costs. • First mention of CORAID at an RSC Tech Managers Meeting.
  5. 5. Coraid and my worries! • We immediately started to take a look at Coraid in some detail –Visit to Colchester as they had an SR unit setup in their Lab- visited IPEXPO • Tech guys thought it was great – Very fast lots of IO – Very simple to set up, instruction ‘book’ just 12 pages.- list of commands- no GUI- Mix & match disks in same unit. Protocol –AoE – ATA over Ethernet (not FC not iscsi) • Found a 2nd hand SR series and tried in our lab. • Where was I going to get finance from ?- SALIX Green Computing. • Never heard of Coraid-Too small? No UK base at the time- not on Vmware official list!!!– Spoke to 3rd party IT company who was positive about them. Spoke directly with Coraid in US.
  6. 6. Purchase & Installation • Purchased two SRX3200, 2 xVRX (mirroring) + foc SRX2800 – IBM Host servers x 3. 10 Gig HBA’s .All installed within a day- 2nd day PtoV conversion. • Budget allowed for 10Gb Switch gear at core to handle Vmware infrastructure. • 2nd SRX unit used in secondary data centre in Sports centre for DR & maintenance…eventually dropped DR contract. • Utilized ‘Free’ SRX 2800 to run a small Vmware View deployment of 80 Win 7 Desktops- 4 SSD’s.
  7. 7. Our Experience • Two days before Staff & students arrived back decided to install Vsphere 4.1 • One day before…Oh $£^!! • Calls to Vmware (no issues with Coraid support), IBM and Coraid (afternoon) • Hotfix spotted by us – and the culprit was ??????????? – never get.. • Has run flawlessly since 1st day of full production. • Kept it Simple with Coraid.
  8. 8. Summary • “We initially looked at Coraid because of the low TCO but we were then blown away by the performance and the simplicity” – Nick Dixon, Tech sales director, Axis first US – We saved ££££’s on deploying Coraid in comparison to traditional vendor. • Do not just look at the big players- lots of smaller start ups out there. • Coraid have newer faster arrays since our install. www.coraid.com. • Storage vendors that have come to my attention since our Coraid Install :

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