Payerne was looking to optimise its server and storage infrastructure to improve its efficiency. There were two challenges to be overcome: on the one hand, the IT infrastructure systems needed to fulfil current requirements while also being scalable for the provisioning of services over the next three to five years. The second challenge was to migrate the community’s strategic IT services into a secure, stable and highly available infrastructure.
The expertise with which Bechtle handled this project was remarkable. Plans were adhered to and information and knowledge readily shared. We are now benefiting from the simplified management, speed and flexibility that this solution has given us.
François Leuthold, Chef de secteur informatique et télécommunications
Bechtle chose technologies from Cisco, VMware and NetApp as each of these vendors offer the best platform in their field and all three are in a position to build technical synergies. Suggested configurations included two Cisco UCS C200 servers used as hypervisors and virtualised with VMware vSphere 5. Two Cisco Catalyst 2960S network switches were also utilised. The storage system consists of a NetApp FAS2040 array with two controllers and twelve 600 GB drives with Symantec BackupExec providing platform backup.
Thanks to system redundancy and automatic failover management during outages, the solution guarantees high availability. The homogeneous NetApp Multi-Protocol solution consolidated file storage (CIFS) and virtual machine backup (NFS) while the NetApp deduplication and compression mechanisms saved 30% drive space.