CHATSWORTH, Calif. – June 8, 2021 – Tintri®, a DDN® company and the leading provider of Intelligent Infrastructure for enterprises, today announced the significant performance, reliability and cost-savings experienced by Lee University after implementing Tintri VMstore™ for its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and virtual server environments. Lee University, a private university emerging as a leader in higher education in the south-eastern region of the U.S., maintains sixteen computer labs that leverage VDI, providing software services to thousands of students and faculty.
With significant growth in student enrolment and academic programs, the university’s conventional storage systems proved inadequate to adapt and scale successfully. The IT team spent considerable time tweaking storage to try to improve performance for its VDI environment. Plus, the near-simultaneous logons by a large volume of lab users created big spikes in read I/O. These activities dramatically impacted the log-in time for users of VDI services – oftentimes exceeding seven minutes – which was an unacceptable service level for the labs.
“The computer lab plays an integral role in the education of our students and user experience is a priority,” explains Aaron Looney, systems administrator, Lee University. “We needed a better solution that could deliver the performance our lab environment demands and the ease of management our IT team needs to effectively support VDI services. It was all about increasing speed with faster storage.”
The university evaluated several storage solutions that promised to deliver the required speed, but they all lacked the stability and reliability for consistent VDI services. Lee University’s technology partner, WrightCore, recommended deploying Tintri VMstore, which demonstrated a level of performance that exceeded the other storage vendor options for VDI. This ultimately led the university to also move its virtual server environment and backup and replication-based disaster recovery to VMstore.
“Tintri VMstore really is a ‘set it and forget it’ solution,” Looney notes. “It’s not just fast, it’s reliable and stable as well. We have never had any issues – it’s just a solid appliance.”
Since upgrading to Tintri VMstore, the university IT team has experienced several benefits including a significant increase in overall application performance which, in turn, eliminates a large number of management tasks. With the VMstore system in place, Lee University was able to offer remote classes and content seamlessly when the pandemic hit because both the IT team and infrastructure were prepared for the I/O demand. In addition, Tintri VMstore has reduced the financial impact on backup and replication operations.
“Tintri’s Intelligent Infrastructure was designed to simplify and automate VDI management and scale with ease to accommodate continued growth while delivering a better and consistent end-user experience,” said Dr. James Coomer, vice president of products, DDN. “We are pleased that VMstore has helped the university IT team shift focus from managing storage to managing other strategic campus projects that help drive the university’s legacy as a leader in higher education.”
Learn more about Lee University’s implementation of Tintri VMstore here: “Lee University Goes to the Head of the Class by Delivering a Flawless VDI Experience with Tintri VMstore”
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