County Government Emergency Communications Center
“We’re quite confident in the durability of the SimpliVity solution. It has proven to be nearly bullet-proof and that’s extremely important given the nature of our business.”
– IT Director for County’s Emergency Communications Center
The emergency communications center for a large U.S. county replaced its legacy Dell IT implementation with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution ensures high availability for the County’s nextgeneration 911 services while eliminating IT cost and complexity.
Business Challenge: Improve Availability, DR and Economics for Emergency Communications Services
The emergency communications center’s disjointed IT environment—a collection of stand-alone servers and storage platforms deployed in a single data center—was becoming increasingly expensive, complex and risky to operate and scale. After investigating a number of next-generation options including solutions from Nutanix and EMC, the County’s IT Director selected SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure to improve the reliability, economics and agility of the region’s critical emergency communications infrastructure.
SimpliVity provides a scalable, modular, 2U building block of x86 resources that offers all the functionality of traditional IT infrastructure—in a single device, with a unified administrative interface. The County deployed two SimpliVity nodes in its primary data center, replacing two full racks of legacy Dell gear. A redundant SimpliVity configuration ensures continuous availability in the event of hardware failures. A third SimpliVity node in a remote data center provides rapid disaster recovery.
SimpliVity’s built-in data protection features and accelerated data efficiencies ensure high performance and reliability for the County’s critical emergency response applications. The solution has delivered 100% uptime since inception, while increasing the performance of the County’s core dispatch application by about 30%. “We’re quite confident in the durability of the SimpliVity solution. It has proven to be nearly bullet-proof and that’s extremely important given the nature of our business,” explains the IT Director. “When a technician accidentally unplugged a server in our primary data center, all the VMs automatically failed over seamlessly without users even noticing.”
The Simplivity solution also helps streamline system administration and reduce operating expenses. IT generalist can clone, move, backup and restore VMs in just seconds from VMware vCenter. “With our old infrastructure it used to take six weeks to stand up new servers and roll out applications,” says the IT Director. “With SimpliVity we can turn up new IT services in 30 minutes. The solution helps us achieve private cloud agility, resiliency and cost savings.”