Grow Financial CU cuts data centre costs with Dell virtualisation

Source: Dell

Grow Financial, one of the nation's leading credit unions, turned to Dell to modernize its IT infrastructure.

Dell helped Grow Financial to drastically reduce data storage maintenance costs by up to 50 percent while increasing storage performance by up to 30 percent compared with previous EMC technology. The efficiency of an end-to-end enterprise solution from Dell has enabled the financial firm to achieve ROI in nine months.

Grow Financial's data center, consisting of Dell Compellent storage arrays, Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell KACE Appliances, has enabled the company to provide better service to its members in a more efficient way while simultaneously managing risk.

The credit union is receiving a two-fold improvement in storage utilization through Dell Compellent's thin provisioning, which enables the company to make the most of its storage resources without wasting them on pre-allocated and unused storage, providing a sharp contrast compared with its legacy EMC storage arrays.

Dell and Syscom Technologies, Dell Premier Partner, helped Grow Financial architect and deploy an IT infrastructure that is flexible, reliable, compliant and secure. With end-to-end data center technologies from Dell, Grow Financial also realized capacity and cost benefits by consolidating its existing virtual servers using VMware vSphere and moving to 12G Dell Power Edge R720 and R910 rack-mounted servers. The company has been able to quadruple the number of virtual machines per physical host, reduce licensing costs and utilize up to 80 percent less power to run its virtualized environment.

Grow Financial also deployed Dell Vostro and OptiPlex desktop computers and Dell Latitude, Inspiron and Vostro notebooks across the credit union's headquarters and 18 branch locations. The IT team utilizes a Dell KACE K2000 Virtual Deployment Appliance to streamline systems administration and IT operations. A Dell KACE K1000 Virtual Management Appliance is used for help desk ticket tracking, change management, asset management and to automate software deployment, allowing Grow Financial to avoid hiring an additional full-time IT staff member to handle these tasks.

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