IE Business School has selected Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) server platform to update its Data Processing Center (DPC) in Madrid.
IE is aiming at consolidating and virtualizing their servers, unify local and storage networks, and greatly simplify the administration.
IE Business School, which has more than 500 lecturers who give classes to students from more than 90 countries, has installed eight UCS B200 blade servers in a single chassis equipped with Unified Fabric technology, reducing the wiring and number of components by more than 50 percent and unifying the local network and storage transport (SAN and LAN) on the FCoE Protocol (Fibre Channel over Ethernet).
The architecture is completed with VMware virtualization software and Hitachi storage arrays which, together with the unified management provided by the Cisco UCS Manager, give IE deployment of more than 100 virtual machines.
IE Business School has also trusted in Cisco to build a high density wireless network on its Madrid campus, comprising around two hundred 802.11n Access Points withCisco CleanAir technology to avoid wireless interference and offering service to 3,000 concurrent users.
Carlos González Jiménez, operations director at the IE Business school, said: “Though cost reduction and increased scalability were fundamental in the updating of our DPC, Cisco’s ability to unify all the data centre infrastructure from start to finish was the most significant factor. Our administration is now simple and uniform and also allows us to devote more time to business-critical applications.”