22 Feb 2016
Missouri School District Better Able to Meet State Standards and Reduce Expenditures
Santa Clara, Calif. — February 22, 2016 — Located at the edge of Kansas City, MO, Blue Springs School District  serves 1,000 teachers, 2,000 staff members and 14,700 students across 22 elementary, middle and high schools.  Looking to consolidate its distributed computing environment to simplify management, reduce capital expenditures and cut power costs, the district decided to upgrade its Avaya network backbone and standardize on a Nutanix hyperconverged environment. The challenges this new system addressed:
  • Consolidating into a centralized data center with resulting reduction in IT workload and power consumption savings.  The IT team was stretched thin operating, 144 servers over 23 locations.
  • Providing IT resources for standardized testing.  For the first year, students in grades 3-11 – not just high school students – would be taking their standardized exams online. The testing provider sent its list of requirements, which included a test site management server for every 150 machines in any district, to ensure the testing load could be handled. The Blue Springs School District has more than 10,000 computers, and had no desire to set up 30 to 40 TSMs.
Centralizing the data center meant choosing appliances that would not only save the district money but would be easier to manage. Nutanix appliances were installed within less than a week on the Avaya core network. Blue Springs School District didn’t seriously consider using any other providers for its infrastructure.  Some of the benefits of consolidating the datacenter include:
  • Decreased time and personnel to manage servers and near- instantaneous VM deployment.
  • Sharply reduced electric bill by some $100,000 on an annualized basis through the consolidation of infrastructure footprint
  • Ability to handle standardized testing workload with a single test site management server for the entire district through new solution running on Avaya backbone
“We could bring all the data and services back to one centralized location,” said Tim Jones, director of IT, Blue Springs School District. “Now we’re managing one, not 21, data centers.  Our Avaya backbone was one of the reasons to go to a centralized datacenter model. I knew we had a backbone that could handle it.   We felt very confident we weren’t going to have any issues as far as connectivity.  If I were talking to another school district to look at virtualization to handle common core testing and the traditional school load, I would feel absolutely comfortable recommending Avaya and Nutanix.”
Nutanix has been validated by Avaya for the 1,000 user Avaya call center solution and Avaya has received Nutanix Ready for the Avaya product lines demonstrating solution interoperability and compatibility between the Nutanix and Avaya solutions.
·         Read the Blue Springs School District case study here
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