IP Pathways Delivers a NetApp Solution for Iowa Workforce Development: IWD Saves $6.5 Million Annually & Expands Services with 1,500+ Virtual Desktops on NetApp Storage

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IP Pathways’, Leading the Data Center RevolutionSM, was recognized by NetApp for their work completed for Iowa Workforce Development (IWD). When faced with shrinking budgets but still needing to maintain exceptional services, IWD turned to NetApp, VMware and IP Pathways to help enable a groundbreaking approach to delivering workforce services.

When faced with shrinking budgets but still needing to maintain exceptional services, IWD turned to NetApp, VMware and IP Pathways to help enable a groundbreaking approach to delivering workforce services.

IP Pathways’, Leading the Data Center Revolution SM, was recognized by NetApp for their work completed for Iowa Workforce Development (IWD). When faced with shrinking budgets but still needing to maintain exceptional services, IWD turned to NetApp, VMware and IP Pathways to help enable a groundbreaking approach to delivering workforce services.

IWD worked closely with IP Pathways and together they developed a solution to support the internal and public-facing virtual desktops. The solution being NetApp storage.

Anna McLaughlin, Technology Account Manager at IP Pathways, commented, “NetApp’s storage efficiencies allowed Iowa Workforce Development to deploy a cost-effective virtual desktop environment. Deduplication, cloning and replication technologies that are native to NetApp storage reduce storage costs per seat and simplify desktop data management. NetApp provides the flexibility, high availability and cost savings that are required to successfully scale a VDI environment”.

IWD set an initial goal to have 200 remote sites up and running in seven months, but surpassed this goal within three months with over 500 IowaWORKS Virtual Access Points and more than 1,500 virtual desktops deployed across Iowa. The agency reduced storage requirements by nearly 50% - doubling storage efficiency expectations - using NetApp deduplication and thin provisioning.

“IP Pathways is an organization that is always driven to provide the best solutions possible for our customer base. The use of NetApp and VMware technologies allowed IP Pathways to design a solution that provided the most efficient method possible to meet and exceed the requirements of the IowaWORKS project. Without NetApp as part of the solution, it is unlikely the project would have been as wildly successful as it has been for Iowa Workforce Development and the State of Iowa”, stated Joe Shields, President of IP Pathways.

With NetApp storage IWD’s IT department pro¬vides better service to internal clients and the agency better serves Iowa’s employers and workers. Previously it served 55 counties; IWD now offers IowaWORKS Virtual Access Points in all 99 Iowa counties. IWD has seen the rate of services the agency provides through the Virtual Access Sites increase an average of 40% every month.

To view the complete article, please visit http://www.netapp.com/us/library/customer-stories/iwd.html. More information regarding this article or IP Pathways may be obtained by contacting Wade Brower, IP Pathways EVP of Sales & Marketing at wbrower(at)ippathways(dot)com or 515.422.9300.

About IP Pathways
IP Pathways, Leading the Data Center Revolution SM, provides solutions that reduce complexity within a business’s IT infrastructures by reducing data center footprints, consolidating data storage and management, simplifying virtualization and optimizing application performance & security. The company’s goal is to have happy customers, happy manufacturing partners and happy employees. IP Pathways’ strategy is to customize internal and hybrid cloud solutions to allow customers to leverage their existing IT infrastructure investments while increasing utilization of human capital & equipment.

IP Pathways lives in the data center and specializes in the following areas of the IT environment: Data Storage, Server & Desktop Virtualization, Core Networking, Servers & Unified Computing Systems and Application Performance & Security.

IP Pathways represents leading Tier 1 manufacturers of IT hardware and software such as VMware, NetApp and Cisco and focuses on FlexPod™ for VMware cloud infrastructures and is a leading expert in VMware server and desktop virtualization solutions.

These are the core values that IP Pathways lives each day:
1.    Do Whatever It Takes For The Customer
2.    Be An Engineering Driven Organization
3.    Associate With & Represent Only Best-In-Breed Technology Hardware & Software Solutions
4.    Be A Leader In Technology Thought and Innovation
5.    Become The Technical Expert In Whatever We Do
6.    Embrace Face-to-Face Communication With Our Customers, Co-Workers and Vendors
7.    Be Creative and Open-Minded
8.    Be Passionate and Determined
9.    Get In Over Your Head and Love Every Minute Of It
10.    Build A Positive Team and Family Spirit

For more information call 515.422.9300 or visit http://www.ippathways.com.

About IVA
Imagine Virtually Anything is a program combing the strengths of Cisco, NetApp and VMware to offer virtualized dynamic data centers. This shared virtualized data vision is built on a flexible, cost-effective, high-performance framework that provides high-availability, secure multi-tenancy and simplified management with integrated support.

To learn more about the Cisco, NetApp, VMware alliance visit, http://www.imaginevirtuallyanything.com/us.

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