Every higher education institution faces challenges in the quest to build a strong, reliable IT infrastructure that meets performance expectations. As demand for faster networks, new applications and data storage grows, the risk of failure and threats to security also increase.
Clarke University, a private Catholic college in Dubuque, Iowa, has built resiliency and redundancy into its IT services.
The IT department is constantly fine-tuning and upgrading its IT infrastructure to deliver the performance that its campus community requires, says Clarke University CTO Andy Bellings. In recent years, for example, the IT staff upgraded to a faster Dell EMC storage system to boost virtual machine (VM) performance.
“It’s a continuous planning process. We improve things in cycles,” Bellings says. “Over a couple of years, we will upgrade our entire network infrastructure. The next time around, we will upgrade our VMware infrastructure, our storage infrastructure and then our security infrastructure.”
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