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GCN : June 2015
Northumberland County, Pa. Northumberland County ’s legacy IT infrastructure put limitations on workforce productivity, which adversely affected county services and made it difficult to comply with data-retention policies. Improving county services and data protection without increasing the IT budget was a challenge driven by Stephen Bridy, a new county commissioner with a long career as a financial adviser in the private sector. The county selected a hybrid cloud solution, NetApp Private Storage for Amazon Web Services, to manage the county’s data efficiently and support future IT initiatives. “Northumberland County will easily save over $1.1 million in hardware and facility costs over the next 10 years by moving to the cloud — and even more by not having to hire extra headcount to manage a growing data center,” Bridy said. The new system also strengthens data security and disaster recovery while meeting data compliance and sovereignty requirements. Austin’s Public Safety Department The Public Safety Department in Austin, Texas, archives the in-car videos from the department’s 650 police vehicles at the end of each shift. That collection was growing at a rate of 2 terabytes to 4 terabytes per day. The city needed an economical storage system, but it was also facing challenges related to the scalability of its network- attached storage, whose requirements exceeded 1.5 petabytes. City officials evaluated public, hybrid and local on-premise private clouds as potential solutions. They chose Caringo Swarm, a storage software solution, because they wanted something that would function as an operating expense rather than a capital expenditure, and public cloud providers couldn’t meet compliance requirements. Caringo Swarm decouples data from hardware, enabling the city to buy storage capacity and then deploy it on the cheapest, most efficient hardware available at the time. The approach saves the city at least half the cost of one refresh cycle. And although the city pays maintenance costs, it doesn’t have to rebuy hardware and software every five years. Morgan County, Tenn., School District The Morgan County School District faced operational challenges related to storage management, and officials also wanted to improve the infrastructure’s scalability and disaster recovery capabilities while reducing IT operating costs. Therefore, the IT staff looked for a solution that could reduce the amount of time spent managing infrastructure by simplifying virtualization and improving the availability of critical workloads. The school district chose the Scale Computing HC3 virtualization platform to replace aging hardware, refresh the infrastructure and support higher uptime service-level agreements for critical workloads. With the HC3 solution, the school district has virtualized 75 percent of its computing environment. The IT staff runs as many as 24 virtual machines on HC3 and was able to reduce the time spent managing infrastructure by as much as 24 percent. The IT staff also reduced the time needed to recover from critical workload- supporting hardware failures from as much as 8 hours to less than 10 minutes with the high availability built into the HC3 platform. — Will Kelly STORAGE 24 GCN JUNE 2015 • GCN.COM Local government storage solutions A closer look at how three jurisdictions are handling their storage needs. cally’ is a very broad spectrum. I would say it’s one of the key issues. You bet- ter spec out what you actually have in storage. It usually surprises people how much they actually have.” He said agencies must have a strong records management policy in place, and he added that the unadulterated growth in Microsoft Outlook .pst files and other individualized storage mech- anisms must stop. “I think the discipline around what you are or are not going to keep should be pretty tight,” Summerlin said. “Each time that you go to a new data store, you have the opportunity to clean the data and do a lot better job on tagging and metadata.” • 0615gcn_022-024.indd 24 6/2/15 9:43 AM