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Salem State University Teams with IGEL, Citrix and Nutanix to Deliver Digital Workspaces
Limited IT resources drive need for the IGEL’s robust management features; maturity of Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure, and the simplicity and time-to-value for Nutanix’s hyperconverged infrastructure offering make the combined solution a no-brainer for the university.
When Jake Snyder joined Salem State University’s IT department, the public university located just outside of Boston, Mass. was only using traditional PCs. “95% of the PCs were still on Windows 7 and there was no clear migration path in sight to Windows 10,” recalls Snyder. “Additionally, all updates to these aging desktop computers were being done locally in the university’s computer labs. Management was difficult and time consuming.”

The university realized something had to change, and that was one of the reasons why they brought Snyder on board – to upgrade its end-user computing environment to VDI. Salem State was looking for the security and manageability that a VDI solution could provide. “One of the biggest challenges that the university had been experiencing was managing desktop imaging and applications,” said Snyder. “They wanted to be able to keep their student, faculty and staff end-points up to date and secure, while at the same time easing the troubleshooting process. They weren’t able to do any of this with their current set-up.”

Snyder first saw a demo of the IGEL solution at the final BriForum event in Boston in 2016. “It was great to see IGEL at that event as I had heard a lot of good buzz around their products and solutions, especially from other colleagues in the industry,” said Snyder. “After BriForum, I went back and ordered some evaluation units to test out within our EUC environment.”

What Snyder quickly discovered during the evaluation period was that the IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) was not just plug-and-play, like he had expected. “The IGEL UMS was a very customizable solution, and I liked the robust interface,” continued Snyder. “Despite competitive solutions, it was clear from the start that the IGEL devices were going to be easier to use and cheaper in the long run. IGEL really was a ‘no-brainer’ when you consider the management capabilities and five-year warranty they offer on their hardware.”

Salem State University currently has 400 IGEL Universal Desktop software-defined thin clients deployed on its campus including 360 UD3 thin clients, which are the workhorse of the IGEL portfolio, and 40 UD6 thin clients, which support high-end graphics capabilities for multimedia users. Salem State has also purchased IGEL UD Pocket micro thin clients which they are now testing.
Taking Steps to Prevent Your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans from Being Derailed
With so many moving pieces involved in business continuity and disaster recovery planning, anticipating the downstream impact of new SAN arrays, hyperconverged systems, and disaster recovery site relocation is increasingly more difficult. Download this white paper to learn how DataCore™ SDS services help you adapt your safeguards accordingly in the face of these common initiatives.

With so many moving pieces involved in business continuity and disaster recovery planning, anticipating the downstream impact of new SAN arrays, hyperconverged systems, and disaster recovery site relocation is increasingly more difficult. Download this white paper to learn how DataCore SDS services help you adapt your safeguards accordingly in the face of these common initiatives and business challenges:

•    Storage Array Replacement
•    Mergers and Acquisitions
•    Cloud Replication
•    Hyperconverged Infrastructure
•    Multi-Site Metro Cluster

How Data Temperature Drives Data Placement Decisions and What to Do About It
In this white paper, learn (1) how the relative proportion of hot, warm, and cooler data changes over time, (2) new machine learning (ML) techniques that sense the cooling temperature of data throughout its half-life, and (3) the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in migrating data to the most cost-effective tier.

The emphasis on fast flash technology concentrates much attention on hot, frequently accessed data. However, budget pressures preclude consuming such premium-priced capacity when the access frequency diminishes. Yet many organizations do just that, unable to migrate effectively to lower cost secondary storage on a regular basis.
In this white paper, explore:

•    How the relative proportion of hot, warm, and cooler data changes over time
•    New machine learning (ML) techniques that sense the cooling temperature of data throughout its half-life
•    The role of artificial intelligence (AI) in migrating data to the most cost-effective tier.

Deploying Mission‐Critical Business Workloads on HCI with DataCore Parallel I/O Technology
In this white paper, IDC discusses the hyperconverged infrastructure landscape and assesses how a new breed of solutions such as DataCore's Hyperconverged Virtual SAN are taking HCI beyond light workloads to become a technology fit for enterprise-class workloads. The paper assesses the characteristics and features in DataCore Virtual SAN software that offer the performance, availability, responsiveness, and scale necessary for tier 1 applications.

Hyperconverged holds out the promise of helping consolidate your infrastructure. It can seem like the “easy button” to deploying storage in remote locations or for VDI. But “easy” often comes with tradeoffs—like performance limitations that don’t support enterprise applications.

At DataCore, we believe you should expect more from hyper-converged infrastructure—more performance, more efficiency, and seamless all-in-one management across your hyper-converged devices and your existing enterprise storage.

IDC has taken a look at the limitations of hyper-converged and how you can get more. Read the free IDC report to learn:

  • How companies worldwide have used first-generation hyperconverged solutions, and why
  • How the hyperconverged landscape is changing, with the introduction of a new generation of products
  • How Parallel I/O has changed expectations and removed limitations from hyperconverged
  • How a hyperconverged infrastructure can deliver cost-effective, highly available, and high-performing support for critical tier-one applications
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