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NUTANIX and United 1st Federal Credit Union
United 1st Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution that provides financial services to people who have a common bond through occupation, association or community.

They were established in 1943 to serve the employees of the Kraft bag plant in St Marys, GA. Over the years, membership has grown to include not only numerous city and county government groups but also many companies, organizations and geographic areas. With so many ways to qualify for membership the organization has grown to include over 25,000 members from across Georgia and beyond.

United 1st was faced with the problem of aging equipment, low storage, and the need for more processing power for future growth. The existing platform was a VMWare platform running a number of older servers and a couple of single Physical NAS devices. Ultimately, they had 2 real choices.

1. Replace the gear with a traditional SAN/Server infrastructure
2. Upgrade to the Nutanix Hyperconverged architecture

After thoroughly reviewing the options, the IT Director chose Nutanix, with ECXSystems as the VAR and Integrator. Once the system was ordered and delivered, the ECXSystems team deployed a single on-site engineer backed by the nationwide integration team which spearheaded deploying redundant dual 10GB switches and the full Nutanix cluster. ECX worked with the customer to form a migration plan and consolidate all of the platform data.

Over the next two weeks, ECX worked with the Credit Union to insure a zero-downtime migration of all of their data to the Nutanix platform.

Upon completion, United 1st was able to eliminate an entire rack of equipment reducing the overall Server and switch footprint for the core to just 4U. The install combined with a switch core upgrade to 10GB provided the Credit Union a much needed speed boost.

“The ECX Team provided that lynch-pin piece I needed to have a seamless integration into the Nutanix platform. As per usual, they went above and beyond to make sure I had all of the pieces, parts, and information needed to insure a smooth transition. Paul provided the key perspective in helping things stay on track and with virtually no impact to the users. ”

“This system has been amazing in both performance and uptime since installation. Thank you ECX!”
Butch Ford, CTO United 1st