When the IT team at Alvernia University was facing faculty and student complaints about the performance of their Learning Management System (LMS), they needed to find a way to improve performance while reducing costs.
Alvernia University, a private university located in Reading, Pennsylvania, is a thriving university that empowers students through real-world learning to discover their passion for life, while providing the education to turn what they love into lifetimes of career success and personal fulfillment, helping them make the world a better place.
“Our university depends on the performance of our Blackboard Learning Management System to drive education efforts. As both students and faculty were complaining about sluggish performance, we were facing an expensive flash hardware investment to tackle the problem,” said Rich Reitenauer, Manager of Infrastructure Management and Support, Alvernia University.
After deploying V-locity across their Windows VMs, Alvernia saw over 100% improved performance of their Blackboard LMS. Instead of getting 20 complaints a week related to performance, they were no longer getting any. They also no longer needed to do monthly reboots to refresh servers.
“After deploying V-locity, one of the very first comments we received was from a faculty member who said, ‘Dude, did you do something today to the LMS because it’s A LOT faster,’” said Rich.
Alvernia was also getting performance complaints about their energy management application that also sits on an SQL database and after deploying V-locity, those complaints went to zero.
“With V-locity, we were able to double performance on our heaviest workloads while reducing ongoing hardware costs. In addition, we now have the confidence to virtualize the rest of our SQL server applications,” said Rich.
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