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CASE STUDY on the recommendation of Paralogic, the organisation opted for Scale Computing’s HC3 hyperconverged cluster. Running three nodes, Westminster has achieved the performance it needs to deliver services across the Diocese. “The Paralogic team handled the entire project for us, making the transition smooth and easy. Unlike some organisations, at weekends and evenings we have plenty of traffic, but the migration was achieved seamlessly overnight, with no impact on users,” explained de Silva. Simplified management and business continuity “Hyperconvergence improves processing, so it’s likely that after three years the system will still perform favourably when compared with new technology and we don’t expect to budget for replacement infrastructure until year six,” explained de Silva. Delivering results “The Scale Computing appliance has provided the performance, ease of use and simplified management we needed at Westminster. As I have also been tasked with acting as the ICT Manager for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark, we will be deploying the HC3 cluster in its curia offices,” de Silva commented. “Ultimately, Scale Computing’s hyperconvergence solution offers better stability, which means we have less in the way of server-side support issues to deal with. Scale Computing also provides the flexibility to add capacity on demand, eliminating the need to over-provision storage. “Having www.intelligentcio.com We asked Rod de Silva further questions about how the hyperconverged cluster solution has benefited the Diocese. How has the implementation of the solution simplified management? ir , nt Pla Plant commented, “Scale Computing’s hyperconverged solution was ideal for the Diocese. The appliance is easy to use and requires minimal management, allowing the team to focus their time elsewhere.” “Hyperconvergence has enabled us to meet all of our requirements and Paralogic has been on hand throughout the entire process. Its advice and enablement in helping us to opt for Scale Computing’s HC3 cluster has allowed us to upgrade our IT environment, providing the enhanced services we need,” concluded de Silva. that need a simple and effective solution. The appliance was easy to use and eliminated the need for our team to undergo training courses or gain additional qualifications. Since installing the platform, our management time is minimal and we have freed up time allowing the IT team to focus m a Scale Computing’s HC3 appliance combines storage, servers, virtualisation and high availability into one easy-to-use system, providing a complete data centre in a box. The appliance is scalable, self-healing and provides the simplified management the IT team needs in order to best utilise resources. The Scale Computing appliance also provides snapshots, replication and cloning for business continuity. the ability to simply scale as and when needed is a great resource. We can’t budget for unknown growth and capacity and it’s reassuring to know Scale Computing will be able to meet our future requirements,” noted de Silva. The Scale Computing HC3 platform is specifically designed to be simple and easy to use. Simplifying management was key for us and our long-standing partner Paralogic recommended the HC3 platform. The team handled everything for us, with the entire project being implemented smoothly and easily from start to finish. The Dioceses is one of the largest in terms of population and priests and it was therefore important that our IT environment could manage multiple requests and provide access to various departments. Ensuring we could support our day-to-day operations without spending hours managing multiple IT systems was fundamental. Scale Computing’s hyperconverged platform seemed like a natural fit, with technology designed for organisations ct or at Pa ra log ic on driving value elsewhere. With Scale Computing’s hyperconverged platform there isn’t any need to manage the underlining infrastructure as this is all taken care of for us. After running the hyperconverged cluster, what advantages have you seen for the Diocese? Alongside simplified management, Scale Computing’s hyperconverged appliance has ensured we have business continuity, high performance and scalability. The HC3 appliance combines storage, servers and ALONGSIDE SIMPLIFIED MANAGEMENT, SCALE COMPUTING’S HYPERCONVERGED APPLIANCE HAS ENSURED WE HAVE BUSINESS CONTINUITY, HIGH PERFORMANCE AND SCALABILITY. INTELLIGENTCIO 65