Aiming to Reduce Footprint and Increase Performance
To deliver business critical applications to all 16 offices, SAO rents space at a colocation data center in the state capital, Olympia. Previously, its environment was 70% virtualized and included a 40TB EMC Storage Area Network (SAN), four Dell servers running VMware and several HPE standalone servers with direct attached storage. This meant renting space and paying power costs for eight enclosures so when it was time for a routine refresh, SAO planned to save money by reducing its footprint.
“We were also having performance issues in our virtual environment where some virtual machines running slow,” says IT Operations Manager, Matt Welling. “We were only 70% virtualized so with our routine refresh we wanted to grow that to 100% and to increase performance and capacity from both compute and storage standpoints.”
Another requirement was to introduce a more responsive and higher performing environment that would enable SAO to reduce long maintenance window times.
Return to a trusted and Responsive Partner
Having been associated with Right! Systems for a number of years in his previous job, Welling once again reached out to them for help with the refresh. He says: “I wanted to continue to use them because they have always been good to work with and very responsive. I wanted to build a similar relationship with them over here at the SAO.”
“The agency I was with before had a Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) which we had been happy with so I wanted to replace the existing HPE and Dell hardware with Cisco UCS. However, the storage was up in the air. Storage platforms and technologies had drastically changed since the last time we had gone through a storage refresh so that is where we wanted Right! Systems to offer some suggestions based on what we were looking for.”
The engagement started with a kick-off call that enabled Right! Systems to get a general understanding of SAO’s requirements. Meetings were also held with engineers who could right-size a solution that would best meet those needs. Right! Systems then went away to pull together some options.