Enhancing Agility of Technology Education Through Virtualization

Intel® Xeon® processors provide the foundation for virtualization while improving storage performance

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ECU IT Increases Education Flexibility on Virtualization

The College of Technology & Computer Science (TECS) at East Carolina University relies on a robust IT infrastructure to support students and faculty focusing on computer science, construction management, engineering, technology systems, and related fields. The TECS IT group virtualized its infrastructure and implemented desktop virtualization to increase agility and accommodate growing demand for resources. Both servers and storage systems capitalize on the raw compute power, memory capacity, and virtualization capabilities of Intel® Xeon® processors to maximize performance and hardware utilization, delivering more services to users while controlling costs.

Challenges
• Improve performance. Deliver a responsive, consistent experience for students and faculty, even when numerous users are booting up systems and running workloads at the same time.
• Increase agility. Quickly respond to requests for new IT services and accommodate growing demand.
• Maximize resource utilization. Make the most of IT resources to deliver the services students and faculty need while adhering to tight budget constraints.

Technology Results
• Increased consolidation. The IT group dramatically increased the number of virtual machines (VMs) hosted in its infrastructure from fewer than 50 to approximately 2,500, while reducing the infrastructure footprint.
• Improved performance. Servers and storage deliver a responsive experience to users, even when numerous users boot up and run workloads simultaneously.

Business Value
• Greater agility. With a virtualized environment, the IT group can more quickly and cost-effectively respond to new requests for IT resources from students and faculty.
• Enhanced distance learning. By bolstering server virtualization and implementing desktop virtualization, the IT group is enabling more anytime, anywhere learning. Students enjoy the flexibility of working on projects off campus, and the IT group can avoid expanding on-campus labs.

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