A little over three years ago the South Pacific Division of the Seventh Day Adventist Church instituted major changes to its information systems (IS) infrastructure. With the help of IT partner, Tecala, the Church’s IS group brought together 14 separate administrative entities under a single cloud computing environment.
The project saw the creation of a wide area network to deliver hosted managed services and provide more efficient network management, security and backup. In addition, a new EMC storage area network (SAN) was deployed in the Church’s data centre along with six IBM hosts, several switches to connect it all together and smaller servers for management consoles and backups. The environment was fully virtualised using VMware ESX.
At the time, IS Manager, Luke Pannekoek observed, “The benefit of virtualisation is that it has given us the ability to put together around 45 servers running on just six physical servers. It’s given us much greater efficiency in processing power, reduced our hardware costs and we can have a relatively complex mix of servers in the production environment without the headache and hassle of managing it all as physical servers.
“Since it was put in we’ve significantly increased loads on the data centre with closer to 70 servers. This included the addition of two sites into our WAN. Demand on the data centre has essentially doubled what was initially planned but virtualisation provided necessary scalability and the ability to respond quickly and to continue to provide new solutions,” he noted.
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