Walsall College improves service to students with new Hitachi data storage

Walsall College is delivering improved IT services to over 7,500 students using a new data storage system from Hitachi.

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Walsall College is delivering improved IT services to over 7,500 students using a new data storage system from Hitachi.

Following a review of its IT infrastructure, the college’s IT department found that its previous storage infrastructure was not delivering the acceptable performance, scalability and reliability needed by its students and staff.

With courses running at weekends and during holiday time, the demand created a 24/7 working environment, which also became a burden for the college’s lean IT team to manage.

Walsall College chose systems integrator Viglen and Hitachi Data Systems as providers of a converged infrastructure solution - comprising the Hitachi UCP Select platform - offering the college a reliable, unified, best-of-breed solution for storage, servers, networking and software management.

The single management platform will also reduce the burden on the IT team by consolidating the management of different systems.

The pre-configured system ensures that Walsall College is able to easily support a platform that hosts mission-critical applications like Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint applications, course data and a wide range of education applications.

Chris Evans, IT director at Walsall College, said: “As one of the UK’s leading further education establishments as recognised by Ofsted, we had to ensure that our students not only benefit from a good quality education, but are also supported by a reliable, high-performing IT service.

"Hitachi UCP Select offers us a robust storage infrastructure, and the fact that it’s a converged solution allows us to manage the entire system easily and have it scale with us as we grow."

Students and members of staff will benefit from a 24/7 remote monitoring service, which will identify problems before they escalate. The IT team have a single support contract from HDS, which provides one source for technical assistance for all the systems within the converged solution.