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Canadian museums get state of the art IT infrastructure via Scale Computing

After having announced its expansion into a Toronto office last November, Indianapolis-based hyperconverged storage, server and virtualizations provider Scale Computing was selected by the Canadian Museum of History in Hull, Quebec and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to implement the company’s patented HyperCore Software HC3 platform to help integrate and simplify the museums’ IT infrastructures.
Both museums are Canadian Crown corporations and part of the network of National Museums, and had been stuck working with legacy IT systems, including Dell Fiber SANs, Hitachi SANs, HP Switches and physical servers, that caused work stoppages and slowdowns by providing overly complex and multiple points of failure.
“We looked for a player in the hyper-converged space that could provide a hypervisor, disaster recovery, replication, cloning and everything,” said Philippe Lemieux, IT director for the museums. “At the end of the day that didn’t leave many players – Scale Computing’s HC3 platform offered the right combination of capabilities to align our infrastructure as well as help us plan, grow and integrate.”
Lemieux says that 85% of museums’ critical systems are now on the HC3 platform, including financial, human resources, box office/ticketing, museum shops, facility rentals and donor programs.
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Before selecting Scale Computing, Lemieux and his team studied many companies for the ability to provide replication, snapshotting, user friendliness and the ability to clone the VM and test environment using a single solution.
Scale’s HC3 platform offers storage, servers, virtualization and management in a single system without the need to purchase virtualization software licenses or external storage, reducing costs and complexity while allowing organizations to run their IT infrastructure.
“We wanted less complexity,” said Lemieux. “We wanted a solution that was dead simple and Scale Computing lived up to the promises of hyperconvergence.”
Scale Computing integrates storage, servers and virtualization software into an all-in-one scalable appliance based system, which is self-healing and manageable for its clients through a console.
Scale Computing claims that their implementations with both museums have gone so well that other Canadian museums are now studying it as an option for their own IT infrastructures.
The Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History aren’t Scale’s only Canadian clients.
In January, they were chosen by the Northland School Division in Peace River, Alberta after meeting representatives from the school division at a vendor conference demonstration.

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