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Scotch Oakburn College powers a modern learning environment with hyperconverged infrastructure


IMG_2205.jpgLocated 150 miles off the southern coast of Australia in Launceston, Tasmania, Scotch Oakburn College is a forward-thinking institution dedicated to using technology to enhance education. The K–12 independent school is equipped with the latest e-learning tools and applications, including Microsoft Office 365 for collaboration, a learning management system for continuous reporting, an online textbook system, and a management system that houses student information and financial data. In addition, the school has a “bring your own technology” policy that allows students to use the device that works best for their learning needs.

This type of modern environment, however, requires a highly reliable, stable, and secure IT infrastructure. After outsourcing Scotch Oakburn’s virtualized IT environment for several years, Brendan Vince, head of e-learning and IT services, realized that the school’s technology-centered teaching and learning model called for a new approach to IT.

“The reliability of our IT systems was becoming an issue. When a system failed, it would take hours to bring it back up and recover our files,” says Vince. “Teaching was interrupted. Students were interrupted. Business functions were interrupted—no one could do anything.”

For a school committed to using technology to enhance the learning experience, Scotch Oakburn needed a better business-continuity strategy.

A flexible, easy-to-manage in-house solution

To achieve the IT control and resiliency Scotch Oakburn needed, Vince decided to bring his IT environment back in-house and migrate his servers, storage, and networking to a converged platform—the HPE Hyper Converged 380 powered by Intel®. Four nodes, configured in a stretch cluster that extends across two campuses, include HPE StoreOnce data deduplication software and are connected with an HPE FlexFabric 5700 network.

“The end results are just phenomenal for us. The HPE Hyper Converged 380 in a stretch cluster gives us that ease of being able to sleep at night knowing that if we lose one side, the other side will keep everything running,” says David Waters, network manager at Scotch Oakburn.

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Driving data-storage efficiency

Thanks to HPE StoreOnce data deduplication software, Scotch Oakburn is also benefiting from improved efficiencies in its data storage. “The introduction of the HPE StoreOnce with deduplication has been absolutely amazing. I’m just astounded every time I look at how much data we’re actually saving,” says Vince.   

Looking ahead, Vince hopes to increase the system’s bandwidth and bridge a gap in the IT architecture by linking and centralizing servers that are running on the school’s junior campus.

But he’s also savoring the moment, enjoying the satisfaction of a successful IT refresh: “The solution was really well designed, a great value for the money, and we’re just really excited with where we are.”

To learn more details about how Scotch Oakburn is using hyperconverged technology, read the full case study.

And to find out how hyperconvergence is simplifyiing datacenters, download the free e-book: Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Dummies.


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