Wicklow County Council began the process aimed at acquiring a new SAN, Servers and Ancillary Hardware to replace their existing, end-of-life environment. As part of this solution, the Council also required Installation, Support & Maintenance Services for a new Virtual Infrastructure environment.
SureSkills deployed a new x86-based VMware virtual environment in Wicklow County Council. The solution was based on the Dell hardware stack, featuring Dell Compellent SAN storage and Dell PowerEdge Servers. The Compellent storage is a dual controller platform with no single point of failure that provided the council with a raw capacity of 91TB and a usable capacity of just over 64TB to store 30+ VMWare Virtual Machines. The Compellent storage also provides automatic data tiering.
Dell PowerEdge R515 servers were deployed as VMware vSphere 5.5 hosts to host all Virtual Machines. No virtual infrastructure was in place prior to the beginning of this project, so the migration of all physical servers to the Virtual platform using both VMware Converter and Platespin Migrate migration tools was an essential part of this engagement.
A follow-up Exchange migration from Microsoft Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 was also executed.
“SureSkills provided us with a new virtualised server and enhanced/updated storage environment which delivers superior technology in a tailored solution that exceeds our current needs and allows for considerable future expansion. The project was delivered quickly & efficiently without stretching our IT budget.” Liam Fitzpatrick, Head of I.S., Wicklow County Council