To attract a new generation of tech-savvy students and faculty, Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, has made IT a top priority. But like most colleges, Baldwin-Wallace is facing tighter budgets, forcing administrators to find ways to stretch the college's IT dollars. So after years of adding servers and storage hardware (as well as complexity and costs) to keep up with demand, the college changed its course and invested
in an initiative to virtualize and consolidate its sprawling computing and storage infrastructure.
Baldwin-Wallace chose to build its new, efficient platform with NetApp and VMware virtualization technology. The move enabled Baldwin-Wallace to consolidate its IT infrastructure with 87% fewer servers, cut energy consumption, and administer the whole environment more efficiently with fewer resources. This has added new levels of reliability, flexibility, and scalability to the college's IT backbone, giving the institution the means to cost-effectively deliver advanced IT services and stay competitive for years to come.