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Case Study Highlights Hyperconverged in Local Government

A Streamlined, Cost-effective Solution for SLED

Last year, Bobby Kewan had a big decision to make. As the sole IT employee for the City of Pewaukee, it was up to him to determine what to do when the city’s SAN (storage area network), hypervisor, and host servers needed to be upgraded.

It wasn’t a situation to take lightly. The city’s network supports vital services like the fire department, public works, and the city clerk’s office. Having updated, dependable network infrastructure was crucial. But the cost to replace everything had a price tag of $150,000 – way too much for the city’s limited IT budget.

That’s when Kewan turned to ITP for advice. After a comprehensive network assessment, we recommended a hyperconverged platform from Scale Computing. Instead of an expensive one-to-one replacement of aging infrastructure, the city could upgrade and expand their virtual environment for less than half the cost.

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Why Hyperconverged Works for SMBs and SLED

For starters, it’s far less complex than standard virtualized infrastructure. A standard virtual environment can require many layers of training and certification that smaller IT departments can’t always keep up with.

Hyperconverged - Data Center - Network ClosetHyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), on the other hand, is so simple to manage that even limited IT staff can easily stay on top of it. Less time spent handling the virtual environment means more time for IT employees to deliver better services and ultimately improve the business.

A hyperconverged solution is ideal for organizations with remote or branch locations. Because of the multiple redundancies built into HCI, a failed drive at a remote site doesn’t cause an outage or require immediate replacement. Hooray for less downtime! Hyperconverged is also easy to monitor and manage remotely. That means fewer onsite visits for IT staff. Fewer trips means lower travel costs and higher productivity.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Explained

HCI is a complete solution of hardware and software in one appliance with single-vendor support covering everything. It has all the features and functionality of a traditional virtualized network in one box. It can include server compute resources, storage, a hypervisor, and disaster recovery and backup features.

Key Features

Clustering – Multiple appliances deployed as a cluster means high network availability. The cluster can absorb the extra workload if a disk drive – or even an entire appliance – dies. Plus, you can seamlessly add more appliances to the cluster when needed.

Management – HCI solutions that include a hypervisor allow you to manage the entire infrastructure from a single management console. It’s way easier than the multiple consoles and interfaces you have to use to manage traditional virtual networks.

Rapid Deployment – Because they’re appliance-based, HCI systems are faster to set up than other virtualization solutions.

Software and Hardware Updates – HCI eliminates downtime during updates. You can perform necessary updates automatically, in unison across the entire cluster. VMs are automatically moved from appliance to appliance in the cluster as updates are applied so all systems remain operational throughout the process.

Backup and Disaster Recovery – Backup, failover, failback, and recovery should be part of EVERY IT environment. HCI systems that include these features natively are designed to give you cleaner backup, replication, and recovery options.

Lower Cost of Ownership – HCI is super scalable. You only buy what you need when you need it, so your initial investment is smaller. Also, you save money over time thanks to reduced management and maintenance costs. All-in-all, HCI can save you more than 50% in total cost of ownership vs. a traditional virtual environment.

Want to know more? Read the whitepaper “Hyperconverged Infrastructure: A Brief Introduction” from Scale Computing.

Is HCI Right For You?

Every organization is unique, and every network has different needs. But asking yourself a few questions can give you an idea if HCI makes sense to pursue:

  • Does your network need room to grow?
  • Is your IT staff small and/or stretched thin?
  • Do you have outdated or disjointed tech from multiple vendors?
  • Are you working with a limited IT budget?

If you answered yes to these questions, a hyperconverged solution may be able to help. At ITP, we take the time to conduct a thorough assessment of your situation before making any recommendations. Contact ITP to start the conversation at .


Additional Resources

Small Team, Big Impact: Hyperconverged for Cities and Schools (webinar: July 11, 2019)

Meet Scale: Hyperconverged for the Rest of Us (blog post)

Easy as ABC: Hyperconverged for Schools & Local Government (webinar recording)

Scale Case Study: City of St. Cloud, MN


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