Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL), a subsidiary of the Mapua Institute of Technology, has as the foundation of its IT infrastructure a system designed and installed by leading global computing company Dell.
The learning institution needed a robust, world-class facility that will open the gateway to global competitiveness, excellence, technology, and virtue in the region. Through close collaboration with Dell, design and installation met its targeted rollout date and was within the modest budget set aside for it, revealed Rolando Bitor, officer-in-charge, MCL Development Office for IT.
"We had three months to search for an IT solution to equip our staff, IT labs, and data center," according to him. Such would have to be done before MCL, its campus located in the technological and industrial hub that is Cabuyao, could become operational.
MCL Development Office for IT senior network engineer Elben Sol Cruz said that among the components required was an online student enrolment system enabling matriculation from anywhere in the Philippines or even the world through the Internet. So too was anti-virus software for the entire infrastructure which was networked.
Bitor said Dell's having satisfactorily provided in the recent past the servers replacing Mapua's earlier generation models of legacy computers--and its having done so within budget--enabled Dell to win also the contract for the MCL IT infrastructure project.
"Once Dell received confirmation from us to proceed, they worked swiftly to help us meet our targeted rollout date, greatly exceeding expectations," according to Bitor.
Dell consultants installed a series of Dell PowerEdge energy-smart servers in the MCL data center. So also was the Dell PowerVault MD 3000, a modular disk array to back up stored data.
Their deployments functioned to enable the MCL Data Center to maximize power resources and benefit from power efficiency. This was because the servers required 25 percent less power than the previous generation models.
At the same time, the modular disk array served to assure availability of software within the infrastructure for efficient and effective operations.
Other components of the infrastructure were the following:
- Dell Optiplex 330 desktops--with Intel core 2 duo processors and therefore robust enough for the computing needs of students in the computer laboratories
- Dell Vostro laptops for administrators and faculty, empowering them with mobile computing capabilities for more efficient and effective instruction as well as school administration
Bitor said the IT infrastructure was installed and operational in time for MCL's opening its gates to its pioneer batch of students.
Furthermore, MCL was able to use the same kinds of software in Mapua’s system with minimum fuss.
"We saved almost six months' worth of systems applications integrity tests as a result of the ease in deployment," according to him. By this it meant the series of tests and dry runs to assure that the software, hardware, and other components of the infrastructure properly meet the computing needs they were intended for.
As MCL carries on with its mission of scientific and technical education in the region with the fastest growing economy in the Philippines, Dell ProSupport, Dell's service support arm, stands always ready to ensure that the IT infrastructure architected and built shall remain robust and highly reliable.
Today, MCL's enrolment numbers 2600 after first opening its doors in 2007.