VirtuIT Systems Helps Clayton Support it’s Technology Vision with Server, Storage and Networking Solutions from Dell

Background

New Jersey’s Clayton Public Schools is a small school district with three schools serving 1,500 students in grades Pre-K to12. But when it comes to technology, the district thinks big. “We need to prepare students for the future, whether that be college or a career, and technology plays a vital role in making that happen,” says Dan Marakowski, the district’s technology coordinator.

Clayton considered storage and server solutions from four technology providers, including Dell. But its previous experience influenced the district to choose Virtuit Systems and Dell solutions once again.

Solution

  • Dell Networking N4032F switches
  • Dell PowerEdge FX2 server chassis
  • Dell PowerEdge M630 blade servers
  • Dell PowerEdge VRTX
  • Dell Storage SC4020 arrays
  • Dell OptiPlex 3020 all-in-one desktop

Solution Highlights

For better performance and a smaller footprint, Clayton first chose the Dell PowerEdge FX converged architecture to
support its VMware® infrastructure. The district deployed a PowerEdge FX2 server enclosure, consisting of a chassis with
three PowerEdge FC630 servers. The FX2 is a modular 2U converged platform in which servers and storage share power,
cooling and networking functions. “With the FX2, we were able to remove five 2U servers, and now we have more space in our
second rack if we need it,” says Marakowski.

The Future of OCA

“We were able to replace four physical servers by virtualizing them and hosting them on the VRTX solution,” says Marakowski. The district uses the FX2 and VRTX solutions to run all core Windows Domain services, the library card catalog server, the antivirus server, a student management system, print servers, streaming media servers, statewide online
testing caching servers, and file servers.

““VirtuIT is very knowledgeable, and their help was critical because there were a lot of moving pieces to manage.”

– Marakowski, VP of IT

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