Located in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana is a well-respected, historically black, Catholic university in the United States. The university graduates the largest number of African American undergraduate students in biological and biomedical sciences, physical sciences and physics, in addition to those who go on to complete medical school.
Xavier was faced with an impending deadline on leased infrastructure. They needed to identify new ways to overcome the challenges of all-too-frequent refresh cycles, expand cloud capabilities and improve their disaster recovery resources—all with a small IT department that was under pressure from limited resources and high client demand.
With direction and assistance from RoundTower Technologies, a VMware Partner and Premier Solution Provider, Xavier deployed VMware Cloud Foundation, an integrated solution that provides a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, security and cloud management to run.
Xavier was able to stand up its new server hardware with software-defined infrastructure and then retire its old environment quickly, completing the entire process in just three weeks. Xavier trimmed its physical infrastructure footprint by 90% by consolidating five racks of outdated hardware to a half rack of Dell PowerEdge servers, reducing power usage and costs. Xavier continues to save time and money with the centralized management software in VMware Cloud Foundation, which automates the lifecycle of logical resources, from boot-up to configuration, infrastructure provisioning and handling upgrades and patches. Lastly, the VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure provides Xavier with a highly secure environment to help ensure its data protection needs are met, both day to day and in the event of a disaster.
“Fast deployment and migration were key to avoiding additional costs of our expiring lease. Thanks to RoundTower and the integrated, standardized nature of VMware Cloud Foundation, we clocked in at three weeks.”
– Thomas Wimprine, Senior System Administrator, Xavier University of Louisiana