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					Colchester Sixth Form College

SMARTER, GREENER LEARNING
College Background

 3000 students
 Mainly Full Time A Level
 200 IB students
 Last inspection October 2007
 1000 PCs/Laptops
 60+ servers
Green Developments – Mid-Site

 Building opened August 2008
 Rain water collection
 Solar panels
IT Issues - PCs

 Wide range of PCs – Suppliers/models
 Maintenance/support issues
   Software installation issues
   Requests for variety of software
   Hardware support
 Needed to rationalise/simplify
  PC’s - Solutions
 Standardisation on one type of PC
 Minimum specification in accordance with ILT
  Strategy
 Looked at several suppliers – Dell, RM etc.
 Decided on the RM EcoQuiet
     Education based company
     Good track record with the College
     Good case design
     Used common motherboard in a variety of cases
     Chose against DVD/Floppy but can use USB based if
      required
RM One EcoQuiet

 All in one box to make installation easier
 Green features
   Based on low power motherboards (laptops)
   Environmentally friendly designed case
   Removable monitor (though the base cannot be
      purchased without the monitor)
     Glass screen
     Graffiti proof case
     Carry handle
     Awards
RM One – Power comparison

                           Power consumption – Typical use


      AMD Athlon 64 X2
          5000+


Intel Core 2 Duo E6400



                     RM One


Figures from Tom’s Hardware and
RM Web site                       0       50          100    150
Energy Saving – RM EcoQuiet Series
IT Issues - Servers
 Increasing demand for servers
     Fault tolerance
     Moodle
   Multiple types/suppliers
   Replacement costs
   Manage of support
   Space issues
   Air conditioning
   Noise
   Installation / repair problems
   UPS costs
   Backups – lots of tapes
Road to virtualisation

 Trial of MS Virtual Server 2005
 Trial of VMWare
 Virtualisation of Library/Personnel/Finance
  systems
 Move to ESX with greater fault tolerance and
  OpenFiler SAN
 Increased servers
 Move to EMC Clarrion SAN
Server Allocation

 Original
   42 servers


 End of year
   6 ESX Servers (running 60+ virtual servers)
   SAN
   2 ‘Remote’ access servers
Benefits of Virtualisation

 Fewer physical servers
   Less power consumption
   Lower maintenance/replacement costs
   More space
 Easier to add systems
   Quick to set up a virtual server to install/test
 Increased reliability
   Less physical servers to go wrong
   If issue occurs then can move the virtual servers easily
     (VMotion)
 Easier to upgrade servers
   Add to farm, move virtual servers, remove old server

				
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