Jasper County REMC was formed in 1938 by a group of dedicated county residents following the creation of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Rural Electrification Administration. These local pioneers needed electricity, but due to the sparse population of the county, had been overlooked by investor owned utilities. Today, Jasper County REMC serves almost 9,000 meters across 1,191 miles of line serving Jasper and parts of 5 neighboring counties.
The IT environment at Jasper County REMC consisted of four aging servers; a domain controller, a file server that was running tight on space and two servers specific to the metering application central to the operation of the organization. Because all four servers were Microsoft Windows-based (2003 and above) running ideal workloads for virtualizing, Jasper County REMC had considered virtualizing their IT infrastructure several times over the last four years. Their hesitancy was one that is common in small to midsize companies with a single person in IT. Jasper County REMC did not want to be on the cutting edge working through the issues of what they considered an emerging technology. Instead, they looked for others in the industry to make the initial migration to a virtualized environment as they waited for budget and the end of the useful life of their servers.
As the REMC servers approached the end of their useful life and became due for replacement, Jon Rich, IT Systems Administrator had gained comfort in watching others in the industry make the leap to a virtualized environment. The challenge now was finding the time to learn the virtualization and storage technology he would need to properly deploy and maintain such an environment. According to Jon, “Finding the time to figure out this new technology [a standard do-it-yourself virtualization deployment], made it too hard to switch.”
Specifically, Jon believed that he would need to navigate through the complex setup of a SAN or NAS, configuring the storage subsystem to communicate to a handful of host servers running VMware or another hypervisor in order to have the redundancy he required for his metering application.
SIMPLE: When Jasper County REMC was introduced to Scale Computing’s HC3 systems – a complete ‘datacenter-in-a-box’ – they were immediately drawn to the simplicity and elegance of the solution. Integrating servers, storage, and virtualization into a single, easy to use, highly available and scalable system, Scale’s HC3 removes the complexity of a typical virtualization deployment.
AVAILABLE: HC3 delivers built in high availability so customers never have to worry about their business applications. The best part is that because HC3 is an integrated platform, you get the best of both worlds: high availability and redundancy without the complexity and cost of SAN.
“With HC3, you get the redundancy and high availability without the SAN,” Jon Rich, IT Systems Administrator.
With no virtualization software to license, no external storage to buy and the hypervisor pre-integrated in the system, HC3 systems radically simplify the infrastructure needed to keep critical applications, like Jasper County’s metering application, up and running. The architecture and user interface of HC3 makes the deployment and management of a highly available and scalable infrastructure as easy to manage as a single server.
I really like having a central dashboard for all of my servers. It is nice to be able to see everything at a glance,” Jon Rich, IT Systems Administrator
Starting at under $25,500 for a 3-node cluster, HC3 is ideal for one man IT departments like Jasper County REMC who have avoided virtualizing due to the costs and complexities of the implementation and management. “I would definitely recommend HC3 to other Rural Electric Co-ops. The system is easy to use and just makes sense,” he concluded.
REMC – Rural Electric Co-op
3 Node HC3 System
“With HC3, you get the redundancy and high availability without the SAN.” – Jon Rich, IT Systems Administrator
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