NMU Boosts IT Efficiency and Reduces Costs with Strategic VMware

The Nelson Mandela University, supported through a joint collaboration between PURCO SA and Strategix SA, have been on a mammoth drive to enhance Business Optimization by increasing IT Efficiency, agility and resilience, while reducing overall costs and complexity, throughout the organization. By selecting VMware vSphere and vCentre Software Licensing, to be delivered for the next 5 years, the following key IT / Business Drivers have been realized:

Resource Efficiency: vSphere enables efficient utilization of server resources through virtualization, allowing NMU to run multiple virtual machines on a single physical server, leading to cost savings on hardware and energy consumption.

Scalability: NMU can easily scale their virtual infrastructure up or down based on demand, without significant capital investment or disruption to operations.

Flexibility and Agility: vSphere allows for rapid deployment and provisioning of virtual machines, enabling the NMU IT department to quickly adapt to changing organizational needs and market conditions.

Improved Disaster Recovery: vSphere provides robust disaster recovery capabilities, such as live migration and high availability, ensuring business continuity and minimizing downtime in the event of a disaster. vSphere ensures that all campus and student online workloads are available 24/7.

Centralized Management: With vSphere's centralized management interface, the NMU can efficiently manage and monitor their entire virtual infrastructure, streamlining operations and reducing administrative overhead.

Security and Compliance: vSphere offers advanced security features such as encryption, access controls, and compliance auditing, helping NMU meet regulatory requirements and protect sensitive data. In parallel to the supply of these VMware vSphere licenses, Strategix will be performing a HealthCheck Assessment of the NMU VMware Environment. The vSphere Health Check Service has been designed to comprehensively evaluate an organization's VMware vSphere infrastructure.

Why did the NMU consider this service? Whilst the NMU already have a dedicated operations team diligently overseeing their vSphere platform on a daily basis, they may not have the available time or advanced expertise necessary to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the platform. In contrast, our team of seasoned professionals conducts a thorough examination of the NMU system, paying close attention to technical consistency and adherence to best practices. By pinpointing potential system degradation and bottlenecks, we empower the NMU to proactively take corrective measures to optimize the system's health and elevate its overall performance.

Strategix scrutinize a total of 176 best practices spanning eight distinct domains, across the VMware vSphere NMU Topology. Our focus revolves around four key disciplines, leveraging state-of-the-art analysis tools while drawing upon years of experience. This holistic approach ensures that the NMU receives actionable insights, allowing the NMU to optimise the vSphere environment and elevate its overall efficiency, resulting in overall investment protection through optimized technology usage.

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