Regional Goodwill stores upgrade virtual enterprise platform
Goodwill Central Coast is enhancing its ability to remotely manage store operations.
The regional chapter of the wider Goodwill nonprofit retail organization, which operates 20 stores in southern California, has implemented Scale Computing’s HC3 Edge platform for its IT infrastructure.
As a nonprofit with a small IT staff of three people, Goodwill Central Coast was in need of an affordable, virtual hyperconverged infrastructure solution capable of managing its file systems and databases out of a central database in Salinas, Calif. Since implementing the Scale Computing platform, Goodwill Central Coast has upgraded its POS system, increased drive space, and saved 15% on the initial IT budget.
Before rolling out the Scale Computing platform, Goodwill Central Coast was using an outdated legacy virtualization system that required physical reboots every other month. The retailer was looking to save management time by replacing its IT infrastructure with a virtual server system capable of efficiently managing remote servers. The company also sought a hyperconverged system for its ability to migrate from physical to virtual servers.
Leveraging Scale Computing HC3, Goodwill Centeral Coast has united virtualization, edge computing, servers, storage and backup/disaster recovery on a single platform. All of the components are built-in, including the hypervisor, without the need for any third-party components or licensing. HC3 includes rapid deployment, automated management capabilities, and a single-pane-of-management, designed to help streamline and simplify daily tasks for cost and time savings.
“The cumbersome nature of managing our previous technology led me to look into other solutions, and I’m so glad I found Scale Computing,” said Kevin Waddy, IT director, Goodwill Central Coast. “I migrated 24 file servers to the new Scale Computing solution during the day with little to no downtime, spending 20 minutes on some servers. Scale Computing HC3 is a single pane of glass that’s easy to manage, and it has saved us so much time on projects.”