Dell End-to-End Solution Helps Credit Union Cut Costs, Increase Performance with Virtualized Data Center
- Leading financial institution migrates from EMC to increase storage utilization and performance by up to 30 percent and achieve ROI within nine months while reducing power requirements by up to 80 percent to run its virtualized environment
- Grow Financial Federal Credit Union uses Dell enterprise technology to enable its customers to make smart, timely financial decisions
- Grow Financial reduces IT costs and securely manages its virtual data center with end-to-end Dell solutions of storage, servers, software, computers, services and systems management appliances to stay connected to and efficiently service its 156,000 customers
ROUND ROCK, Texas, May 21, 2012 - Grow Financial, one of the nation's leading credit unions, turned to Dell to modernize its IT infrastructure. Dell helped Grow Financial to drastically reduce data storage maintenance costs by up to 50 percent while increasing storage performance by up to 30 percent compared with previous EMC technology. The efficiency of an end-to-end enterprise solution from Dell has enabled the financial firm to achieve ROI in nine months.
Grow Financial's data center, consisting of Dell Compellent storage arrays, Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell KACE Appliances, has enabled the company to provide better service to its members in a more efficient way while simultaneously managing risk.
The credit union is receiving a two-fold improvement in storage utilization through Dell Compellent's thin provisioning, which enables the company to make the most of its storage resources without wasting them on pre-allocated and unused storage, providing a sharp contrast compared with its legacy EMC storage arrays.
Dell and Syscom Technologies, Dell Premier Partner, helped Grow Financial architect and deploy an IT infrastructure that is flexible, reliable, compliant and secure. With end-to-end data center technologies from Dell, Grow Financial also realized capacity and cost benefits by consolidating its existing virtual servers using VMware vSphere and moving to 12G Dell Power Edge R720 and R910 rack- mounted servers. The company has been able to quadruple the number of virtual machines per physical host, reduce licensing costs and utilize up to 80 percent less power to run its virtualized environment.
Grow Financial also deployed Dell Vostro and OptiPlex desktop computers and Dell Latitude, Inspiron and Vostro notebooks across the credit union's headquarters and 18 branch locations. The IT team utilizes a Dell KACE K2000 Virtual Deployment Appliance to streamline systems administration and IT operations. A Dell KACE K1000 Virtual Management Appliance is used for help desk ticket tracking, change management, asset management and to automate software deployment, allowing Grow Financial to avoid hiring an additional full-time IT staff member to handle these tasks.
"With Dell's flexible technology infrastructure, we are able to scale quickly, securely and cost- effectively to address changing business demands, which was not possible with our legacy environment," said James Stock, assistant vice president of Network Services, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union. "Dell's technology offers as much flexibility as we will possibly need over the coming years, enabling us to direct our attention to providing our members with the most cost effective products and services, rather than spending more time just managing IT resources."
"Constant change is required to keep up with today's world and Dell's Fluid Data architecture delivers the flexible storage foundation organizations need for ongoing scale, efficiency and reliability," said Brad Anderson, president of Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. "With Dell's end-to-end solutions powering their business, Grow Financial built an optimized data center that allows them to better service their members and respond faster to customer needs."
About Grow Financial Credit Union
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union was established in 1955 and now ranks as one of the leading Credit Unions in the nation, with 18 branches and $1.8 billion in assets. Originally founded to provide a safe place to save and borrow money for the military and civilian personnel of MacDill Air Force Base, Grow Financial has since expanded membership beyond its traditional affiliation to include the employees of 1,100 local businesses. Today, the Credit Union serves more than 156,000 members throughout its five-county market area in Tampa Bay.
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