Server Consolidation at KCEAA

Server Consolidation

Server consolidation is a trending movement in IT and for good reason. Server consolidation reduces the physical footprint of servers, reduces operating costs and energy costs, decreases downtime and improves reliability. Rather than operating, managing and powering a variety of physical servers, server consolidation can provide a single point of contact to manage an entire data center.

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Here at Advantage Technology we recommend you take a look at your server infrastructure every 3 to 5 years, survey new technologies and techniques, such as server consolidation, and develop an upgrade plan. This systematic evaluation will lead to a kind of evergreen information technology where you will be constantly up-to-date and won’t be caught lagging behind shifts in technology. The “if it ain't broke don't fix it” mindset will leave your company and your data stuck playing catch-up rather than moving forward. Your technology will be stuck where it is until that point where it all breaks down, and you have to spend a fortune starting from scratch.

Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority is a great example of an organization that takes this kind of pro-active approach. Their current configuration was not broken, but to reap the benefits of modern technology and techniques, some upgrades were needed. An organization like Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority has critically important data that must to be managed, maintained and accessed as quickly as possible.

Advantage Technology replaced several of Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority’s older servers with more modern ones, giving them overall more processing power with a smaller physical footprint and less power consumption.

In addition to the servers, Advantage Technology upgraded Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority’s switches to 10 Gigabit switches. A 10 Gigabit switch is incredibly fast and efficient. It provides Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority with a network that allows the movement of massive amounts of information without network congestion.

Finally, Advantage Technology performed a network clean-up.

Advantage Technology is a VMware Enterprise Partner and uses vSphere at Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority for virtualization and server consolidation. The use of VMware vSphere made the server consolidation quick and efficient. VMware has an excellent article of their own on server consolidation that will give some great details.

Advantage Technology is a Dell Preferred Partner and Reseller. We used Dell servers, Dell switches and Dell’s incredible EqualLogic system for storage. Due to our relationship with Dell and the fact that we are the area’s highest reseller, we can get incredible deals.

Our relationship with VMware and Dell, along with our team’s deep well of knowledge is the reason organization likes Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority continuously come to us for services such as server consolidation and network clean-ups. We want to be your complete IT solutions as well, and we want to help you be more proactive and move forward with your technology.

Call us today for more information and a free quote on any of our services, 304-342-0796.