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Thanks to ETERNUS AF250, the Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy now runs the classroom management software five times faster

"Thanks to Fujitsu’s generous pricing for schools, we could enjoy enterprise-class features and performance at a reasonable cost."

Jim Kearton Network Manager, Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy

Hemsworth Academy has deployed a FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS AF250 to support its estate of 50 virtual machines. It provides scalable, full-flash performance at low costs.

Customer

Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Hemsworth in the City of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. The school was first known as Hemsworth Grammar School, founded in 1547 by the Archbishop of York. Its Academy ethos is to do everything possible to enable the young people in its care to maximise their potential. The vast range of opportunities on offer for its 1,300+ students and the wider community is central to the school’s success in promoting positive attitudes and lifelong learning.

Challenge

When Hemsworth Academy’s existing storage platform reached end of life, the school needed to find a new solution that would increase performance and scale as demand grew. However, it was limited by a strict budget.

Solution

The company turned to long-time IT partner Cutter Group, which recommended the FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS AF250. Over the course of five days, Cutter performed a live, real-time migration, encompassing 50 virtual machines and 13 TB of data.

Benefit

  • Increased application performance by a factor of five for improved productivity and reduced user frustration
  • Affordable platform has multiple spare slots for future scalability at minimal cost
  • The Fujitsu solution is a quarter of the size of the previous storage device, freeing up space for other systems