Case studies

Weald of Kent Grammar School

Solutions Mitigate risk
Services Manage
Sector Education
Platforms Nimble Storage, VMware vSphere

Weald of Kent Grammar School is a grammar school with academy status based in Tonbridge, Kent for girls aged 11-18 and boys aged 16-18. It is acclaimed as an outstanding, high achieving, oversubscribed, forward thinking school with specialisms in languages and science.


Weald of Kent had been using an existing Dell EquaILogic iSCSI SAN, but that this device was nearing end of life.

Scalability was a high priority, as the new platform would need to handle an increasing number of machines with ongoing server consolidation. For all these additions, the stability and security of the new system would be crucial.


SysGroup and Nimble Storage worked in collaboration to analyse Weald of Kent’s data storage challenges and recommend the best strategy for improvement.

  • All their technical and support questions were answered
  • Special educational pricing was obtained
  • Nimble Storage array is now the primary storage platform for 160 staff and around 1,200 students
  • It also managed the main school MIS database, all Domain Controllers, User Storage, Application servers and the VMware vSphere virtual environment


  • Significant increase in both storage performance and capacity
  • Excellent value compared to other hybrid array vendors
  • User friendly UI and day to day ease of management
  • CASL architecture enables integrated snapshots
  • Proactive, remote monitoring from Nimble support team