Monday, March 21, 2011

Over the break

What an exciting Spring Break it was. Construction on AJUSD's new culinary program at Apache Junction High School was scheduled to begin the week of March 14th, and the location just so happened to be in the same building as our data center!

Moving a data center is probably not at the top of the list of fun things to do, however the timing of the move worked out well for us. We have been able to power down a number of servers and with plans to continue the virtualization process, we will shut down more in the future. Virtualization is a general term for running multiple virtual servers on one machine. So what took multiple physical servers before, can now be done on one. Doing this will save the district funds in server support, maintenance, and energy costs. So we took this opportunity to consolidate from three racks of equipment to two, and with less servers running, less heat, and less AC needed to cool things.

Many hours went into the preparation and in the end it made for a very quick and safe move. There are to many people to list, but I want to thank everyone in the Technology and Maintenance departments for their efforts with making this project a success.

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