Creating Brighter Opportunities for Public School Students

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Arizona State Land Department: Creating brighter opportunities for public school students with super-efficient land administration

Client
The Arizona State Land Department [ASLD] manages over 9 million acres of State Trust lands within the state of Arizona for the sole purpose of generating revenues for certain beneficiaries, the largest of which is Arizona’s K-12 public school education. The department manages the land and its resources to enrich the land’s value, with the goal of optimizing its economic returns for the designated beneficiaries.


Quote

“9.2 million acres of Trust Land generates a sizable amount of data. We need fast, intelligent tools and platforms to derive greater value from this information. IBM’s V9000 Flash System all-flash storage gives us faster, smarter systems that enable us to make better-informed decisions about the State Land Trust, much more efficiently. Faster, smarter information empower staff to make faster, knowledgeable decisions to help the Department raise greater revenue for public schools, more efficiently, to fund new education projects. For us, more productive employees translate to happier pupils and a better education environment. We continue to work with the solution providers we know and trust like QCM Technologies, with great confidence because we know they are IBM certified and offer excellent support after the sale too. It’s really very simple; if you want a faster, smarter business – get faster, smarter storage through a fully qualified solution provider that stands behind their products, like QCM Technologies.”

— Bill Reed,
Chief Technology Officer,
Arizona State Land Department


Challenge

ASLD employees use their tools to generate vast sets of graphical data, empowering the department to make land-management decisions utilizing the data produced. The department’s existing VDI environment was lacking in speed and performance. Employees also wanted easier mobile access to enterprise applications that the existing infrastructure could not manage. Sluggish performance in storage took up to 15 minutes for users to boot, causing frustration in the organization. After a long period of comparative proof of concept testing, QCM’s solution utilizing IBM with Linux proved to be the most efficient in switches, storage and server technology. QCM also created a private cloud for the department, who also grew from a 2-dimensional to a 3-dimensional NVIDIA grid system.


Solution

After a long period of comparative proof of concept testing, QCM’s solution utilizing IBM with Linux proved to be the most efficient in switches, storage and server technology. QCM also created a private cloud for the department, who also grew from a 2-dimensional to a 3-dimensional NVIDIA grid system.


Result

  • Previous analysis time of 15-20 minutes was brought down to 1 second
  • New platform success is easily measurable via increase of user acceptance
  • Vital boost to employee satisfaction and productivity as the department can support secure user
    access from any device with internet access
  • Significantly easier to manage, resulting in lowered cost of IT support
  • Substantial cost savings, increased flexibility, much higher level of performance gained through lower hardware costs via higher server performance, maintenance contracts, and lower cooling and power consumption.

 

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