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1 1 Presented by: Ken Williams and Wade Scheffner American Digital Corporation May 21, 2013 UniData to SQL Virtualization & Disaster Recovery

2 2 Agenda About American Digital SQL Migration Virtualization HA & DR Higher Education Recovery Questions & Answers

3 3 About American Digital Systems Engineers and certified technologists have been engaged in over 200 Colleague by Ellucian installations since Have implemented Colleague and peripheral applications on Every Platform and Every Database Dedicated Ellucian-focused staff with proven processes Project Management Consulting Vendor-Agnostic Approach

4 4 American Digitals Partners Ellucian Hewlett-Packard VMware Microsoft IBM Oracle Dell Cisco Symantec EMC Others

5 5 Solution Offerings Servers and Storage for both Unix and Windows environments Desktop and Server Virtualization Enterprise Backup & Recovery Networking and Security High Availability and Disaster Recovery Infrastructure Assessment and Analysis Services Health Check & System Patching / Update Services

6 6 Capabilities Infrastructure Assessment Services Virtualization Assessment Services Cloud Readiness Assessment Services Unix to Windows/Linux Migrations Health Check & System Patching Services Database Performance Tuning (UniData, SQL, Oracle) Operating Systems (All Unix, Windows & Linux) Private Cloud Implementations

7 7 Migrate to SQL - Why? Why SQL Server? More Business Intelligence reporting tools to choose from: Business Objects / Ellucian Reporting & Operating Analytics SQL Server management studio Any third-party ODBC complaint tools Perceived Cheaper hardware costs Minimal training needed for Power-users Ellucian Delivered bolt-ons require SQL database as well… (i.e. DROA, Portal, Recruiter, etc.)

8 8 Migrate to SQL - How? How does my institution get there? Work with Ellucian to identify where/how they can assist you with the migration Ellucian Action Planning Process helps to create 3 year plan Will you be migrating Colleague DB and Application server separately or as part of another initiative (Reporting & Operating Analytics, Portal, Recruiter) Using a phased approach will minimize cost, manpower, and more importantly – help you keep your sanity! Identify areas where fault-tolerance and high availability may be necessary to ensure end-user experience mirrors that of previous environment

9 9 Migrate to SQL - Concerns Once Ive made the move, what do I need to be concerned about? Database Server Memory In most cases, the more physical RAM a server has, the greater SQL Server's performance In order to Maximize the amount of RAM that can be utilized, be sure to utilize correct editions of Server OS and SQL Server.

10 10 Migrate to SQL - Concerns Once Ive made the move, what do I need to be concerned about? Storage Requirements For best I/O performance, use the fastest disk drives available in the disk arrays Don't store operating system, application software, or databases on single disk drives as single drives don't afford any fault tolerance Purchase as many drives as budget allows – space is not the issue, limiting I/O contention is Isolate Index, Data, Log, Application files on separate RAID Groups to further reduce contention Use either RAID 1+0 or RAID 5 (not preferred for transactional files but OK for Application)

11 11 SQL Migration – What does it look like?

12 12 WebAdvisor, UI 4.x, Ellucian Portal Colleague Application SQL Database Server Network (Communication) Physical Storage (Information) SQL Solution Components

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19 19 Reducing physical assets Improving asset utilization Reduced application deployment time High Availability Disaster Recovery considerations Alignment of resources = Increased Operational Efficiency Virtualization – Why is it important?

20 20 Why do you need to virtualize? Improve Utilization High Availability Disaster Recovery / Business Continuance Determine what is to be virtualized Storage Systems Networks Virtualization – Business Drivers

21 21 Identify Candidates based on: Current Resource Load Space Power Cooling Disaster Recovery and High Availability needs Server Provisioning Cost Model / ROI Virtualization - Assessment

22 22 Determine the requirements of the new environment Determine the schedule and process for migrating from Physical to Virtual Establish monitoring and management strategy Identify candidates and courses for training Virtualization – Design & Planning

23 23 Training Establish Baseline environment Server template Resource sharing plan / hierarchy Management and Monitoring tools Migrate Physical to Virtual Test Verify Execute Virtualization - Deployment

24 24 Virtualized Architecture Samples

25 25 HA Solution Sample (Hybrid)

26 26 HA Solution Sample (Fully Virtualized)

27 27 HA & DR Solution Sample

28 28 Higher Education Recovery: DR for Ellucian Institutions

29 29 Features: Core Colleague application availability (Payroll, Student System, etc.) Periodic data (includes application) replication to American Digitals facility Secured communication link Restore application availability over the Internet within 48 hours Ability to run within the recovery environment for up to 6 weeks Daily Monitoring & scheduled testing Data restored to production facility DR Solution for Ellucian Environments

30 30 DR Solution for Ellucian Environements

31 31 IaaS

32 32 Primary support including hosting in American Digital-provided data centers. Hosted IaaS American Digital provides Tier 3, SAS70 certified data center(s) American Digital owned infrastructure (Hardware, VMware, Microsoft, etc.) Client retains responsibility for all applications (above OS or DB) American Digital provides monitoring and management System administration and technical support (OS patches and fixes) Capacity planning, performance tuning, and reporting Physical database administration Operational support – including automation Issue avoidance and resolution (24x7 help desk) American Digital Hosted Services

33 33 Benefits

34 34 Reflections Challenges –Breaking down Barriers –Convergence of the Infrastructure & Abstraction of Infrastructure –Convergence of the People –Breaking Bad Habits –Understanding the underlying complexity of a virtualized system

35 35 Questions & Answers

36 36 Thank You! Ken Williams © 2013 Ellucian. All rights reserved.


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