Upgrade Existing Infrastructure Instead of Replacing It
The State Bar of Wisconsin opted to implement VMware vSAN at a time when the organization was close to running out of space on its existing storage infrastructure, meaning officials needed to not only replace what they had, but also choose new infrastructure that would accommodate anticipated growth in data. Kummer was intrigued by the simplicity and scalability of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), but he was also concerned that the model might force the organization to spend money on additional processing power and licensing costs when it came time to scale up its storage. By opting for the HPE ProLiant servers (rather than HCI-specific nodes) to support its vSAN, the organization is able to expand storage as needed simply by buying additional drives, without having to worry about new licensing costs.
The State Bar used a hybrid vSAN at its colocation site. But at its primary site a year later, it was able to take advantage of falling prices to deploy an all-flash infrastructure. “At our primary location, we have double the storage as at the colocation facility for the same costs,” notes Kummer.
In an effort to always offer best in class technology, officials at South Carolina Federal Credit Union were looking to improve upon their existing infrastructure through an ongoing network upgrade, rather than to merely mimic their current environment. The upgrade, which is expected to be complete this summer, includes Arista 7280R2, 7050X3 and 720XP series switches, along with Mojo Networks Arista C-250 8x8 Tri Radio 802.11ax Wi-Fi access points. “Our current infrastructure is aging, and we were looking for the best speeds and the best technologies, as well as most affordable pricing,” says Shaun Davis, director of IT infrastructure and telecommunications.
The upgrade from 10-gigabit to 25-gigabit networking equipment will spark an improvement in the performance of data-intensive applications such as video, Davis hopes. At the same time, Arista’s CloudVision management portal was an important part of the credit union’s reasoning for choosing its infrastructure technology.
“You only need one set of commands for the core, access, edge and cloud layers,” Davis notes. “The management console allows you to do a lot of analysis and will allow us to manage all of our switches in one pane of glass, as opposed to having to log in to each switch locally.” That kind of simplicity is vital for a lean IT team. “One benefit of the upgrade will be reducing the amount of work for our IT team,” Davis says. “We’re hoping we won’t have as many nights and weekends for updates.”