Many state and local governments are dealing with IT infrastructure that is inefficient, risky, and outdated. Cost constraints, in particular, have led many government organizations’ data centers to fall into a standstill of non-productivity. There is a way to break this stagnation, however, which the Town of Newington, Connecticut, the Mississippi Department of Revenue, and the City of Arvada, Colorado all found out first-hand.
With a small group of just five dedicated professionals, the IT team for the Town of Newington is responsible for providing and managing 24/7/365 services for 21 different departments, including public safety functions such as police, fire, and EMS IT services. When the IT team was looking to improve their disaster recovery posture, streamline operations, and deploy new mission-critical applications, they knew that their legacy IT infrastructure would not be efficient or affordable. When looking for new solutions for the town’s IT infrastructure, Paul Boutot, CIO for the Town of Newington, wanted something new—something revolutionary.
“One of the things I wanted to find for my staff was a solution that would minimize troubleshooting and minimize data connectivity required in the data center,” said Boutot.
Boutot, his IT team, and the Town of Newington found their data center solution in SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure. Some of the benefits of SimpliVity realized by the Town of Newington, Connecticut include:
- Ease of use, simplified troubleshooting for Newington’s small IT team
- A reduced data center footprint for energy savings
- Improved backup and disaster recovery performance for end users
- A streamlined, hyperconverged infrastructure
Like the Town of Newington, the Mississippi Department of Revenue also found their data center needs were best met by implementing hyperconverged infrastructure. Prior to SimpliVity, the Mississippi Department of Revenue was having to manage multiple solutions and would have to deal with multiple vendors. With SimpliVity, there is a single solution to manage and a single vendor to interact with.
In addition to simplifying the relationship between vendor and customer, SimpliVity also simplifies the data center as a whole, from floor space, power, heating, and cooling operations and expenses to the performance, protection, and resiliency aspects of an IT infrastructure. With SimpliVity, the Mississippi Department of Revenue improved performance by 50% to 75% and also realized a capacity savings of up to 50:1.
“We have improved performance across the board and consolidated all legacy equipment into one rack,” said Patrick Welch, Network Services Manager, Mississippi Department of Revenue.
It’s no surprise that IT teams want the best IT infrastructure possible when it comes to their mission-critical applications. But the problem is that the revolutionary data center technologies are not always in the price range for smaller cities and towns. This was the problem the City of Arvada was running into. Until they discovered SimpliVity.
“We’re a small city government, but we now have the most cutting-edge technology available.”
With SimpliVity, the City of Arvada can predictably and efficiently protect, provide, and manage mission-critical applications, such as 911 applications to all city departments, including the police department, city-owned websites, financial management systems, and many other business systems.
To learn more about how SimpliVity delivers cost savings and performance benefits to state and local governments, listen to our on-demand webinar.