The leader in virtual education transforms the student experience with the XtremIO all-flash array.
Here is their story.
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.
Director, Software Architecture
3X Data Growth
A growing student population increases data and I/O requirements, exceeding projections.
No More Room to Grow
Storage sprawl wasn’t advancing the user experience…or the bottom line.
I/O bottlenecks threw a wrench in response times. Reporting would time out, making real-time reactions impossible.
Brute Force Database Copying
Creating and maintaining databases for 12 non-production environments was complex and resource intensive.
Connections Education made the decision to transition to the all-flash array architecture of 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.
Connections Education started with two XtremIO X-Bricks in its development environment…
…it was so successful, they quickly moved them into production.
Backup and restore times reduced from hours to minutes
Improved User Experience
I/O latency decreased from several milliseconds to almost zero
Fit for the Future
Simplified IT planning from rigid to versatile and scalable
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.
The company’s whole goal—providing learners with a reliable and consistent online experience—is now versatile and scalable.
Learners everywhere appreciate how easy it is to logon and dive right into their lessons.