Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has unveiled a transformative partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, aimed at enhancing student and faculty experiences while modernizing the institution’s technology infrastructure through the deployment of the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, serving as the province’s primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training, sought to overhaul its IT deployment and consumption model. With over 150 hands-on degree, diploma, and certificate programs offered across four campus locations, Sask Polytech embarked on a mission to engage computing resources swiftly and efficiently while ensuring the security and protection of its data on-premises.
Gwen Bourque, Associate Vice-President for Information Technology Services at Sask Polytech, emphasized the need for flexibility and strategic technology upcycling. Having collaborated with HPE for over a decade, Sask Polytech opted for a solution that could seamlessly integrate with its environment and facilitate the transition from aged technology to modern systems.
With an enrollment exceeding 11,000 students, Sask Polytech prioritized business continuity and the seamless migration of applications and workloads onto the new platform. Additionally, ensuring high availability and consistency in graphic-intensive workloads, crucial for courses utilizing AI, CAD, GAM, and graphic-intensive applications, remained paramount.
The HPE GreenLake platform emerged as the optimal choice, offering an edge-to-cloud experience tailored to Sask Polytech’s evolving needs. Leveraging HPE SimpliVity to transition from Hyper-V to VMWare, Sask Polytech witnessed immediate improvements in VDI workloads, facilitating remote education.
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Andrew Perchaluk, Hybrid-IT Enterprise Architect at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, underscored the significance of supporting evolving training models and heavy computing demands. Andrew Perchaluk highlighted the pivotal role of technology in ensuring uninterrupted learning experiences across various fields of study, emphasizing the seamless transition and high availability facilitated by HPE’s solutions.
Powerland, an HPE Partner with over 30 years of expertise in technology solutions, collaborated with Sask Polytech to identify priorities and propose tailored solutions. Chris MacDonald, Technical Account Manager at Powerland Computers Canada, emphasized the alignment between Sask Polytech’s goals and HPE GreenLake’s capabilities, stressing the platform’s pivotal role in enhancing distance education opportunities.