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Loughborough gets infrastructure refresh

Loughborough University is to have its storage technology overhauled in a contract with Logicalis.

Logicalis has designed the new infrastructure to cope with specific applications and workloads. It has used a FlexPod infrastructure stack from NetApp and Cisco, using its own proprietary “IT by Wire” architecture and has tested the system against Loughborough’s specific requirements.

It aims to address a changing need by using a virtualised infrastructure to match the flexibility the university now needs.

The robust new FlexPod deployment combines NetApp FAS storage, Cisco UCS technology and leading hypervisors. NetApp’s Data Fabric concept allows Loughborough to consistently manage its data, efficiently transport workloads within its IT environment as required, and leverage the right resources for a given workload.

“Loughborough has been very prudent; not only selecting best-in-class technology but also leveraging our expertise and high level accreditations with NetApp and Cisco to ensure a service-defined solution, delivering precisely what it requires both now and for the future,” said Richard Alexander, solutions director at Logicalis. “The result is a precise configuration that underpins a significant proportion of its business transformation strategy over the next five to six years. Specifically, continuing to run certain critical applications onsite to ensure complete control and appropriate service provision, while transitioning others to the cloud on an application by application basis.”

Logicalis has been Loughborough’s supplier since 2010 and the resulting systems have won a number of awards.

“Our IT needs change throughout the year, some more predictably than others, with greater numbers of applications becoming storage performance-critical. This new platform lets us be more confident in our agility, matching workloads against business demand and automating the delivery of tiered storage to optimise cost and processing speed,” said Matthew Cook, assistant director (infrastructure & operations) at Loughborough University. “Our outlook is the same whether it’s academic achievement, sporting success or our digital environment – we’re an institution that always demands the highest performance. Once again we relied on Logicalis to raise the bar on an infrastructure solution architected to our service needs, and it has delivered it.”