St Andrew's Cathedral School


Founded in 1885, Sydney’s St Andrew's Cathedral School is a coeducational Anglican school that enrolls approximately 1,100 students from kindergarten through to 12th grade.

The school approached The Missing Link with a problem: the school was struggling with a sprawling server facility comprising of aging server hardware offering no flexibility and no high-availability features.

With data centre space at a premium, The Missing Link developed a plan to consolidate and simplify the infrastructure, and improve management of a large number of standard operating environment (SOE) images for its desktop and notebook computers.


To address these challenges, St Andrew's Cathedral School engaged The Missing Link on a Network Integration project  to implement an IBM BladeCenter S Chassis housing IBM BladeCenter HS22 servers running the Microsoft Windows, with an IBM System Storage N3600 for virtual machine operating systems, applications, databases and user mass storage.

The Missing Link also implemented an IBM BladeCenter E Chassis containing BladeCenter HS22 servers running Windows and an IBM System Storage DS3500 Express device to virtualize desktops, supporting more than 400 virtual machines running simultaneously. Finally, the new infrastructure also included an IBM System x3850 M2 server running VMware vSphere virtualization and IBM System Storage SnapRestore software for capturing and restoring server data snapshots and reducing the time to recover data after any loss.

The school now able to make significant time savings when deploying new applications, simpler and faster desktop and notebook imaging, and greater flexibility and availability with virtual desktop access from various devices, such as the Apple iPad, notebooks, desktops and thin-client computers.