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Recent Projects – Q3 2020
50 User VDI on Dell EMC VxRail
Data Center Refresh for Garrett County Health Department
GCHD required a refresh of its servers, storage, networking, and software at both of its outdated data centers in order to meet organizational compliance requirements. The goal was to reduce maintenance management overhead and add a holistic solution with enough capacity, performance, and capability not only to refresh the virtualized infrastructure, but also to deliver a robust virtual desktop infrastructure while controlling project costs. To provide GCHD’s data center with longevity and ease of management, Data Networks replaced the existing VMware vSphere infrastructure (including all servers, storage, and networking) with a dense HCI on the Dell EMC VxRail platform, utilizing Dell SmartUPS devices and additional VMware vSphere licenses.
Hyper-V Infrastructure Refresh with Dell Servers, Switches, and Storage
Leveraging Existing Investments and Increasing Efficiency for Roland Park Country School
Data Networks discovered that RCPS’ applications and data were hosted on outdated data center infrastructure with operating systems in extended support. The existing storage had limited scalability, preventing incremental scale-up investments for capacity or performance issues, and the school’s bandwidth needs had outgrown the 1GbE switching network. In order to better leverage RCPS’ IT investments and increase efficiency, administration, performance, and availability, Data Networks upgraded the existing hypervisor with Windows Server 2019 Data Center hosts configured in the Hyper-V hypervisor role, and upgraded the compute, networking, and storage configurations with 2 Dell PowerEdge R640 servers, 2 Dell PowerSwitches, and a Dell PowerVault storage array, respectively.
Dell Chromebook and Latitude Laptop Deployments
Leveraging CARES Act Funding to Support Distance Learning for Dorchester County Public Schools
This year, Data Networks has won several client deployment projects with Dorchester County Public Schools. In Q1, DCPS ordered 100 Dell Latitude 3300 laptops and 60 Dell Latitude 5510 laptops to be imaged and deployed into Anywhere Carts by our Professional Services team. More recently, DCPS teamed up with Data Networks Account Executive Amy Bateman to leverage CARES Act funding to purchase and deploy an additional 330 Dell Latitude 5410 laptops, 60 Dell Latitude 5510 laptops, 1,000 Dell Urban Backpacks, and 900 Dell Latitude 3310 laptops.
Dell Servers, UPS, and Laptop Deployments
Data Center Security Upgrade and Laptop Refresh for Montgomery County Public Schools
Data Networks recently supplied MCPS with 25 Dell EMC PowerEdge R540 servers and 25 Dell EMC SmartUPS 1500s to run and store video data for the district’s new security cameras. MCPS also used CARES Act funding to purchase 1,500 Dell Latitude 3410 laptops to support the special education distance learning initiative and 150 Dell Latitude 3310 teacher laptops for the new school year.
Q1 2020 Projects
Aruba WLAN Network for New Office Tenant
Optimizing WLAN Investment and Control for University of Baltimore
Data Networks provided a complete solution that will allow the University to continue managing its existing wireless network while also allowing a potential new office tenant to manage a subset of the WLAN with their own SSIDs, authentication methods, and related configuration options. Data Networks engineers designed, deployed and configured the solution which involved relocating 3 existing Aruba APs and installing 30 additional Aruba APs. A new Aruba Mobility Controller was deployed, and the existing Mobility Master was configured to support MultiZone, a feature of the Aruba solution that allows the management of separate WLANs on the same APs, under separate management/traffic zones and by a different controller.
Dell EMC Unity Flash Storage for VDI
Long-Term Performance and Value for Univ of Maryland School of Business
With storage investments for its VDI environment reaching end of life, UMD asked Data Networks for refresh recommendations that would require minimal service downtime. To provide them with the long-term reliability, performance, capacity, and ease of management they sought, Data Networks engineers replaced the existing spindle-based SAN with a Dell EMC Unity 380F all flash array. They leveraged the University’s existing 10GbE switches for connectivity between the hosts and the new Unity storage array, as well as the school’s existing VMware vSphere licensing. The migration was accomplished all at once with minimal interruption in service availability.
Microsoft SCCM Deploy and Configure
Better Security, Compliance, Control for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools
QACPS was concerned about its ability to deliver increased compliance and reporting against a growing set of applications and external security threats. Data Networks supplemented the district’s array of existing end-user compute management solutions with Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager. With expert deployment and configuration provided by our senior network engineering and Microsoft application team, the district is better able to manage patching, security, and compliance for third-party applications; resolve findings highlighted by audit authorities; and control and manage costs across the organization.
Hyper-V on Dell EMC and Juniper Networks
Denser IT to Maximize Investment Life for Orange Water and Sewer Authority
Data Networks designed a new primary datacenter infrastructure for OWASA to be staged, built and configured remotely at our Baltimore-based Staging and Configuration Center, facilitating easier onsite deployment. The new solution includes migration from a Dell/EMC FX Chassis to a 3-node Dell PowerEdge R640 cluster. To support independent scaling of storage from other components of the infrastructure, a Dell EMC Hybrid 380XT 10Gbps iSCSI SAN will be deployed to replace the existing storage solutions. A hybrid solution such as this allows OWASA to easily scale both performance and local capacity without having to make investments in more compute, networking, or disaggregated storage solutions. Finally, (2) Juniper EX4600 Multi-Gig Switches will be deployed to act as top-of-rack switching to interconnect the hyperconverged hosts.