Enhancing IT services for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster

Providing simplified management, ease of use and high performance with hyperconverged infrastructure.

Scale Computing says that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster has upgraded its legacy IT infrastructure after turning to partner Paralogic. Previously the Diocese had four physical servers, hosting virtual machines and a local SAN device. However, since implementing Scale Computing’s HC3 cluster, the organisation has experienced simplified management and enhanced business continuity.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster is one of the smallest dioceses in England and Wales in geographical area, but the largest in terms of Catholic population and priests. With over 200 parishes and 200 schools, hundreds of clergy members and numerous societies and departments, the Diocese runs as a company, with many of the same requirements as a business. Critical to the organisation was ensuring its IT could keep up with the demands of multiple departments and provide server access.

Working with its long-term ICT partner Paralogic, the Diocese opted for Scale Computing’s HC3 hyperconverged cluster. Adam Plant, Director at Paralogic commented, “Scale Computing’s hyperconverged solution was ideal for the Diocese. The appliance is easy to use and requires minimal management, allowing the team to focus their time elsewhere.”

Running three nodes in Westminster, the organisation was able to deliver the IT infrastructure it needed to support the entire Diocese. The HC3 appliance combines storage, servers, virtualisation and high availability into one easy to use system, providing a complete data centre in a box.

Scale Computing also provided the flexibility to add capacity on demand, eliminating the need to over provision storage. Rod de Silva, ICT Manager for the Diocese of Westminster commented, “The Scale Computing appliance has provided the performance, ease of use and simplified management we needed at Westminster. Having the ability to simply scale as and when needed is a great resource and the solution has enabled us to meet all of our requirements.”

“Hyperconvergence is ideal for our environment, with the flexibility to scale and when needed we know that Scale Computing will be able to meet our future demands. In addition, with improved processing it’s likely that after three years the system will still perform favourably when compared with new technology and we don’t expect to budget for replacement infrastructure until year six,” de Silva continued.

“Scale Computing’s HC3 cluster is designed with simplicity, ease of use and high availability at its core, the essential ingredients that the Diocese was looking for,” noted Johan Pellicaan, VP and MD EMEA at Scale Computing. “We are pleased to have worked with Paralogic, they were instrumental and the Diocese turned to them for their invaluable advice and expertise in helping to solve IT challenges. Paralogic supported the organisation throughout the entire process, they have a long-standing relationship with the Diocese and we are pleased to have helped support this through our hyperconverged cluster.”  


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