GEMS consolidates data centres on Dell

Education provider GEMS consolidates data centres on Dell servers and SAN systems

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 7, 2008

Education provider GEMS has consolidated its IT infrastructure on Dell servers and storage systems, to improve performance of its data centres.

The company, which manages 26 schools catering to almost 57,000 pupils in the UAE alone, has two data centres managing some 2TB of data. The data centres handle information from GEMS ERP system.

GEMS is also preparing to launch an e-learning portal, based on Microsoft's Learning Gateway, which will also utilize the new IT environment.

Sunny Varkey, founder and chairman of GEMS said: "At GEMS, we know first-hand that education can be transformed, and that learning can become an exciting experience for all students who use technology. We strongly believe in providing education beyond the classroom, and therefore we were looking for a technology provider like Dell with a comprehensive platform.

"|We endeavor to utilize state of the art technology, equipment, and creative advanced teaching and learning techniques that will further enhance overall merit and excellence of our students," Varkey added.

The new environment comprises of Dell PowerEdge blade server, running Intel Xeon quad-core processors and rack dense servers, with Dell EMC CX3-40 and CX3-10 Enterprise storage systems providing SAN capabilities.

Dell channel partner Key Information Technology (KIT) deployed the new solutions and carried out configuration of the environment to meet GEMS requirements.

Manoj Varghese, GEMS director of IT said: "GEMS chose to install the Dell servers and Enterprise storage systems because of their high performance, reliability and easy manageability. The Dell solutions offer leading performance per watt and consume the least amount of data centre space.

"The environmental benefits and the Gold mission critical support services were also a defining factor in selecting Dell as our solutions provider. Support calls have dramatically reduced after deployment of the Dell products," he said.

Michael Collins, general manager, Dell Middle East commented: "Helping accelerate education in the Middle East is a key focus area for Dell and we're committed to helping students in the region reach their full potential. We are excited to be working with GEMS Education, the region's largest private education provider, and are confident that our technology will help facilitate and manage their learning environment."

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