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Experience all-flash array with XtremIO

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Database as a service
Student Data
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The leader in virtual education transforms the student experience with the XtremIO all-flash array.

Here is their story.

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Across the Globe, Education is Changing.

Online classrooms have expanded student horizons and opened new opportunities.

Connections Education, an accredited K–12 virtual learning provider, serves students in 48 countries with classrooms powered by .NET and SQL Server applications.

Students need their virtual courses to be simple, fast, consistent and fluid—the entire learning experience depends upon it.

But without the proper technology, none of this would be possible.

Connections Education has vast amounts of student data that grows at rates we can’t predict. Our answer to that growth—with increasing I/O demands—was always to add hardware. Moving to XtremIO changed everything.

Karen Wallace
Director, Software Architecture

Challenge:
3X Data Growth

Crowded Data
Graph Bubble
Graph Bubble
Graph Bubble
Graph Bubble
Brute Force Database Copying

A growing student population increases data and I/O requirements, exceeding projections.

Challenge:
No More Room to Grow

Server Sprawl
Server Sprawl
Server Sprawl
Server Sprawl
Server Sprawl
Server Sprawl
Server Sprawl
Server Sprawl
Server Sprawl
No Room to Grow

Storage sprawl wasn’t advancing the user experience…or the bottom line.

Challenge:
Choked Bandwidth

Choked Bandwidth

I/O bottlenecks threw a wrench in response times. Reporting would time out, making real-time reactions impossible.

Challenge:
Brute Force Database Copying

Brute Force Database Copying
Brute Force Database Copying
Brute Force Database Copying
Brute Force Database Copying
Brute Force Database Copying

Creating and maintaining databases for 12 non-production environments was complex and resource intensive.

The Solution

Connections Education made the decision to transition to the all-flash array architecture of XtremIO.

Why XTREMIO?

  • Scale-out architecture absorbs spikes in performance and capacity.
  • Real-time, always-on, inline data services eliminate bottlenecks and increase predictability.
  • Consolidated footprint boosts efficiency without sacrificing agility and elasticity.
  • XtremIO writeable snapshot technology makes instant space-efficient and high performance database clones.

Implementation

Connections Education started with two XtremIO X-Bricks in its development environment…

…it was so successful, they quickly moved them into production.

Results

Bolstered Continuity

Bolstered Continuity

Backup and restore times reduced from hours to minutes

Improved User Experience

Improved User Experience

I/O latency decreased from several milliseconds to almost zero

Fit for the Future

Fit for the Future

Simplified IT planning from rigid to versatile and scalable

Developer Agility

Developer Agility

Dev/test environments are as fast and responsive as production

Thanks to XtremIO, we are forecasting our per-terabyte cost to drop significantly. In fact, we actually have not budgeted standard SAN disk growth for the upcoming fiscal year, which is phenomenal.

Steve Meerdter
Systems Administrator

Hello, Future.

The company’s whole goal—providing learners with a reliable and consistent online experience—is now versatile and scalable.

And sustainable.

Learners everywhere appreciate how easy it is to logon and dive right into their lessons.