Victoria College taps Dell to modernize storage, dumps EMC

Victoria College, South Texas, has tapped Dell to modernize its virtual storage environment and computer resources.

By selecting Dell, Victoria College dumped EMC.

Victoria College chose Dell to address capacity constraints with its former EMC storage area network (SAN).

“With the flexible, modular design of the Dell Compellent SAN, we are able to quickly scale, mix and match the latest drive technologies, and cost-effectively address changing budgetary constraints, which was not possible with our legacy EMC solution,” said Daniel Robinson, Victoria College systems administrator.

Victoria College selected computing major Dell as it wanted to migrate to a more flexible and cost effective Dell Compellent storage solution that reduces data center costs with a three-fold improvement in storage utilization.

Victoria College’s IT team deployed Dell Compellent Storage Center with 30 terabytes of raw capacity — up to three times the capacity of its EMC array — for about the cost of the maintenance renewal on its legacy SAN.

Victoria College virtualized most of its infrastructure using Dell PowerEdge M610 and M600 blade servers running virtualization software. The Dell Compellent SAN provides the necessary storage capacity to support the virtualized environment and quickly provides new services to students and teachers.

Victoria College’s three-fold improvement in storage utilization is a product of Dell Compellent thin provisioning. This enables the institution to make the most of its storage resources without wasting them on pre-allocated and unused storage, compared to its legacy EMC storage array.

“Educational institutions like Victoria College are tasked with offering reliable, cost-effective and useful resources that enrich both learning and teaching environments,” said Travis Vigil, Dell Storage executive director.

The new Dell technology also has vastly decreased the time it takes for Victoria College to get new services up and running, allowing the IT team to focus on delivering valuable educational services rather than managing IT resources.

Earlier, Dell said XS, a provider of Internet-based applications for agricultural clients, selected Dell Compellent storage arrays, PowerEdge servers, PowerVault disk storage, and Latitude laptops.

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