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Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine enables disaster recovery with hyperconverged infrastructure rollout

Chloe Dobinson | Aug. 11, 2017
Higher education institute has replaced IBM server and SAN hardware with Scale Computing cluster.


Choosing Scale over Nutanix

According to Underhill, the LSTM did look at other hyperconverged infrastructure and software vendors such as VMware and Nutanix before deciding on Scale.

"We like to think we are at the forefront of technology and it has come back to bite us a couple of times but we like to go with the latest and greatest tech," he said.

However he said that Nutanix proved difficult to work with as a smaller buyer. 

"I didn't find [the Nutanix hardware] as user friendly as the Scale system and in all honesty they refused to quote us. We said what we wanted and went through our reseller to get it because obviously we have to have a price...but they never actually got back to us. Whether they thought we were too small, I am not quite sure."

The infrastructure rollout - which began last year with the initial purchase of an HC3 cluster - is now in its final stages and will be fully completed this summer, with LSTM adding more storage and server capacity to the existing infrastructure.



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