After examining the customer's site, DEPO Computers specialists suggested creating a virtualization farm using the existing hardware platform. In the project for the British Higher School of Design, a multivendor approach was used and the engineering competencies of the research and development group were applied. The solution included affordable DEPO Storage 5312Base storage systems, which ensured favorable budgeting for the project, as well as VMware and Symantec software developments. As a result of preliminary testing, 12 changes were made to the hardware and software, improving the efficiency of the complex solution for the specific tasks of the British Higher School of Design.
The consolidated capacity is now sufficient to serve the office subnet systems and applications used by faculty and students during classes. In addition, hosting applications on separate virtual machines increases the reliability of the system as a whole and simplifies administration. The School's IT infrastructure has also been supplemented with a tape library, which allows storing large amounts of data, which is especially important when working with graphical materials that are poorly archivable.
"We were able to assess the benefits of DEPO's project approach at all stages of cooperation: deep competencies, customizable solutions, clear communication with the working group," says Alexander Lata, head of IT at the British Higher School of Design. - Only this company's bid saw an understanding of the specifics and a fresh approach to our task. Based on the audit results, the specialists of DEPO Computers proposed a solution, which allowed complex modernization of the IT infrastructure while maintaining the existing physical capacities and increasing their efficiency. Within a month we jointly tested the solution at the school's site. The DEPO specialists were attentive to the main task and promptly made changes. This was the most important stage of the project, because unique data and graphic materials are our main product and it is critical to transfer them to an unreliable system. As a result, the implementation stage itself took only a few weeks without any interruptions in the educational process".