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As the cost of higher education has skyrocketed, student debt has reached an all-time high, and finding a good job can be difficult for many of today's college graduates. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), however, is bucking that trend. With affordable training programs in high-demand, technical fields and a 99% job placement rate, TCSG is a leader in technical education. To remain successful, TCSG must stay on the leading edge of technology—today and tomorrow.
NetApp's multiprotocol capability was a major draw for our colleges. With NetApp, we can enable our colleges to retain their skillsets. They don't have to learn something new or put in a mix of products just to accommodate their protocols.
Daniel Black Director of Engineering, Technical College System of Georgia
From TCSG's System Office, Director of Engineering Daniel Black and his team provide support for each of the colleges in the system. Their tasks include performing standard implementations and installations and providing support for data center infrastructure. In the past, this centralized support was nearly impossible because every college used its own mix of network, compute, and storage technologies in its data center. For the System Office, that diverse mix meant supporting 22 different architectures and dozens of technology vendors.
With a converged infrastructure, FlexPod enables TCSG's colleges to standardize on a validated architecture while retaining the flexibility to build the data centers that they want—adding storage, servers, and switches as needed. FlexPod supports TCSG's Ellucian Banner student information system and its Cisco Unified Communications System, and it provides an optimal platform for schools that deploy virtual desktop infrastructure.