March 2010 St Laurence School, Wiltshire Upgrade their IT Infrastructure using Microsoft Hyper-V and DataCore SANmelody

The IT system at St Laurence School in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire was running on hardware that was soon going to become uneconomical to maintain. They also wanted to improve the hardware and software reliability aspects of their IT system.

Clarity IT Advisors recommended a solution based upon DataCore SANmelody and Windows Server 2008 R2. DataCore SANmelody is a software solution that creates highly available Storage Area Networks (SANs) using PC-based x86 / x64 hardware. SANmelody virtualises physical disks and turns them into highly available “active / active” storage that supports automatic fail-over and fail-back. Windows Server 2008 R2, in conjunction with System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (SCVMM) was used to turn the existing physical servers into virtual machines. The combination of SANmelody and Hyper-V gave St Laurence a highly flexible, reliable and scalable IT environment that was extremely cost effective.

Pete Benn, Network Manager, said "Our new system based on Hyper-V and SANmelody is exactly what we were looking for. All our servers are as fast or faster than they were before, all our applications and data are highly available, we can deploy new servers running Linux or Windows without any additional expenditure and we’ve reduced our maintenance and warranty costs."

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