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Flood prone council's IT team bouyed by infrastructure overhaul

George Nott | May 4, 2017
Queensland's Frasier Coast Regional Council shores up data centres with Nutanix.

And when it pours, the team can rest assured their systems are safe.

"Being able to move workloads quickly in the event of a disaster is a huge relief, and we've saved a ton of storage space with deduplication and compression, which has taken the pressure out of our datacentres. The redundancy is also key for us being in a flood prone area, or an area that is known to flood."

Since the deployment, the Council has recorded 45 per cent savings in storage capacity through deduplication and compression in its primary datacentre, and 26 per cent savings in storage capacity in its secondary datacentre. Cloning of virtual machine guests has gone from five minutes down to less than one, and the physical space used in both datacentres has decreased by 60 per cent.

 

Serving the community

The Council has upwards of 600 users across its network who rely on its applications - including Microsoft SQL, ERP, finance systems, asset management and HR apps - along with many web services like recruitment, event booking and online mapping used by the public. The majority are now running on the Nutanix platform.

Without their time being consumed by infrastructure demands, the team is now focused on adding value to the organisation and the area.

"There's a bit of that shift in mentality in the team, that they're not hardware guys anymore. We're really in a service delivery area within the organisation," Rogers says.

A recent project has seen the team work alongside Queensland Police in deploying CCTV cameras to monitor troubled areas reported by citizens. When hotspots have been identified, officers can connect directly into the council's network to access CCTV coverage which has grown from around 30 cameras a few years ago to more than 300 today.

A number of other projects are also afoot.

"The real benefits though, are in the infrastructure management time it's created, enabling us to roll out projects that we expected wouldn't have even started yet. We can also be of greater service to the community. Simply put, we have more resources and can respond better to the community's needs," Rogers says.

 

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