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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.
Why backup is breaking hyper-converged infrastructure and how to fix it
The goal of a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is to simplify how to apply compute, network and storage resources to applications. Ideally, the data center’s IT needs are consolidated down to a single architecture that automatically scales as the organization needs to deploy more applications or expand existing ones. The problem is that the backup process often breaks the consolidation effort by requiring additional independent architectures to create a complete solution.

How Backup Breaks Hyperconvergence

Backup creates several separate architectures outside of the HCI architecture. Each of these architectures need independent management. First, the backup process will often require a dedicated backup server. That server will run on a stand-alone system and then connect to the HCI solution to perform a backup. Second, the dedicated backup server will almost always have its own storage system to store data backed up from the HCI. Third, there are some features, like instant recovery and off-site replication, that require production quality storage to function effectively.

The answer for IT is to find a backup solution that fully integrates with the HCI solution, eliminating the need to create these additional silos.

4 Concerns Voiced by VMware Customers
Businesses rely on virtualization to drive efficiency for edge and distributed computing. With IT infrastructure costs on the rise, you need to find the best solution for your organization. To learn how attitudes toward a major player in virtualization are changing, Scale Computing commissioned a new survey of IT professionals in the US and the UK using VMware. See what those users had to say, and how it changed from 2021.

Businesses rely on virtualization to drive efficiency for edge and distributed computing. With IT infrastructure costs on the rise, you need to find the best solution for your organization. To learn how attitudes toward a major player in virtualization are changing, Scale Computing commissioned a new survey of IT professionals in the US and the UK using VMware. Access this infographic to see what those users had to say, and how it changed from 2021. Plus, get an inside look at the Scale Computing Seamless Switch program, where Scale Computing welcomes VMware users with no-cost license term coverage.

Scale Computing invites VMware customers to embark on a technology innovation and cost-saving journey with our Seamless Switch Program. This initiative is designed to provide a seamless transition for making the shift from VMware to Scale Computing by:

  • providing coverage for their remaining term at no additional cost.*
  • free migration tool access to enhance the transition experience.
  • one free pass to Platform//2024, a Scale Computing Customer and Partner Conference.

In addition, all VMware customers who receive a demo and a Scale Computing Platform (SC//Platform) pricing quote will receive a FREE Fitbit Versa 4!

*Scale Computing will provide term coverage for up to 12 months.

Pilot's Guide to Edge Computing Deployment
Successful organizations are increasingly differentiated by the scope and scale of their digital capacities. These include accessing information, improving business processes, and providing customers with innovative experiences. No matter the industry, organizations have embraced new solutions to achieve unprecedented levels of performance. Pilot's Guide to Edge Computing Deployment Edge computing provides a powerful answer to overcome significant hurdles such as large amounts of data, unreliabl

Pilot's Guide to Edge Computing Deployment

Successful organizations are increasingly differentiated by the scope and scale of their digital capacities. These include accessing information, improving business processes, and providing customers with innovative experiences. No matter the industry, organizations have embraced new solutions to achieve unprecedented levels of performance.

Pilot's Guide to Edge Computing Deployment Edge computing provides a powerful answer to overcome significant hurdles such as large amounts of data, unreliable internet connectivity, latency, regulations, and the lack of qualified IT staff. It’s well known that cloud solutions alone cannot adequately address these challenges.

What does an edge deployment look like? What do you need to do to get started? This practical guide will help leaders and IT teams understand how to transition to edge computing seamlessly, including these key areas:

  • Physical Space & Equipment Requirements
  • Shipping & Installation
  • Rapid Deployment & Scalability
  • Centralized Monitoring & Management

Download this playbook to explore how edge computing can help your organization develop and distribute new technology without architectural complexity.

The Shortest Distance to Virtualization Excellence
When it comes to virtualization technology, you have more options than you probably realize. With the number of options available, you can choose an IT infrastructure platform that offers a simplified, highly automated infrastructure that keeps your applications and organization running efficiently. Many of today’s virtualization solutions are comprised of multiple vendor products—one for the hypervisor, servers, and storage hardware—making it more complicated and expensive than it needs to be.

Why Migrating to Scale Computing's Virtualization Solution is the Smart Choice

Introduction

When it comes to virtualization technology, you have more options than you probably realize. With the number of options available, you can choose an IT infrastructure platform that offers a simplified, highly automated infrastructure that keeps your applications and organization running efficiently.

Many of today’s virtualization solutions are comprised of multiple vendor products—one for the hypervisor, servers, and storage hardware—making it more complicated and expensive than it needs to be. Configuring those disparate server and storage components just the right way wastes valuable time.

Then you have to install and configure the hypervisor and add time to test for compatibility and performance, further delaying deployment. To succeed, you need expertise in all those different platforms, some of which are so complicated that you’re expected to be certified in them.

Once you’ve got it all up and running, it can be hard to scale out when you need more resources, especially if you’re not able to add the exact same components. You may need to bring in more expertise and conduct more testing. Then you have the ongoing cost of licensing renewals, support, and maintenance for multiple pieces from multiple vendors, including different licenses for different features. Add disaster recovery—an additional piece of the puzzle that can add yet another vendor, requiring more expertise and further complicating matters. There goes more time and more money.

Whether you’re considering migrating from your existing virtualization platform or are virtualizing from scratch for the first time, there’s a better way to do it. Whether you are looking at a single location or implementing an edge computing platform across hundreds of sites, Scale Computing’s hyperconverged approach is the shortest path to affordable virtualization that’s easy to deploy, easy to manage, and easy to scale.

Scale Computing’s virtualization software and appliances are based on patented technologies designed from the ground up to minimize infrastructure complexity and cost. Scale Computing Platform has helped IT organizations across all industries deploy robust virtualization solutions.

This white paper explores the advantages SC//Platform offers over competing virtualization solutions, looks at potential migration options, and shows how Scale Computing is making a difference in organizations like yours.