Gearing Up For Extended Online Teaching, Dell Technologies Transforms GLA University’s IT Infrastructure

Gearing Up For Extended Online Teaching, Dell Technologies Transforms GLA University’s IT Infrastructure

Mathura, January 1 (TNA) With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of going away soon, online education, experts feel, is here to stay. And so IT giant Dell Technologies has helped Mathura’s GLA University, a leading private university in India, to forge ahead in their digital transformation journey.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the focus these days is on Online teaching and digital classes, but without a streamlined digital eco-system, the exercise can prove frustrating, a teacher said.

With the implementation of the only jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) system with VMware, Dell EMC VxRail, GLA University can now manage the most demanding workloads and applications.

A senior faculty said the “GLA University’s IT infrastructure was not equipped to handle an overload of concurrent users which led to regular unscheduled maintenance checks and forced downtime of up to eight hours of server stoppage, and up to a minute for simple data retrieval jobs. To overcome this huddle, GLA University invested in individual servers and outsourced admissions that increased the IT investments, infrastructure manpower, and overheads significantly.”

The University collaborated with Arrow PC Network, a Titanium Partner of Dell Technologies, to deploy Dell EMC VxRail that helped them deliver lifecycle management of a fully integrated hardware and software stack.

University officials said there had been considerable savings in terms of manpower and training. The university has also reduced overheads (AMC, Electricity, Cooling units, etc.) and diverted 80% of the team’s time to high-value tasks.

The students and staff members now have ease of access to applications around the clock and face near-zero downtime even while working remotely. Dell EMC VxRail solution has reduced server issues by up to 90%. By deploying this solution, GLA University is able to effectively manage the entire server infrastructure with only one team member, resulting in a drop of frequent visit to the server room to zero.

Amit Luthra, Director and General Manager, Storage Platforms & Solutions, Dell Technologies said “GLA University required solutions that would help them cater to the needs of their growing workload. GLA University has modernized its data centre and has become cloud-ready for the future."

The university needed a comprehensive solution to streamline operations,” said Prof. Anup Kumar Gupta, Dean of Academic A‑airs, GLA University, Mathura.

In these uncertain times, educational institutions around the world are struggling to bring stability into their daily lives and when issues like server downtime comes into play, it causes challenges in the seamless functioning of the institution,” added Gurpreet Singh Bhatia, Managing Director, Arrow PC Network.

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