Technology evolution eases impact of changing storage requirements in Universities

Storage requirements in Universities and Higher Education institutions are changing as they are adopting virtualization, cloud and ITaaS platforms. This is due to the fact that the IT class in these environments is moving from application-centric computing to more efficient and flexible service delivery models. This cuts down the results offered by legacy architectures which deliver diminishing returns while pushing the infrastructure to the brink. Thus, with a resilient, secure, multi-tenant platform, your university can obey to the needs such as storage agility and efficiency these new technologies demand.

With storage needs growing by 60% to 70% in educational institutions, the universities are struggling to cope up with the needs. Mobile devices are playing vital role in the growth of storage needs in such institutions. Students and faculty anticipate to be able to create as well as share content of multiple format types — documents, images, audio and video —from any device, particularly a laptop or tablet, from anywhere at any time. This proliferation of data content is leading to data deluge. Presentations, videos, and images are often sent via email, requiring an increase in mailbox size to support this larger content.

There is also an insist for increased security to protect student as well as the faculty privacy and the generated data itself. Content must be stored, backed up and eventually archived securely to protect the data from equipment failures, accidents, natural disasters and malicious acts. Moreover, needs may vary by department or function within the institution.

So, in order to cater to all the storage needs a modernized storage infrastructure which is intelligent enough needs to be deployed.

Flash technology is turning into a key component of modernizing storage infrastructure. As this media based storage offers speed and performance benefits it is turning into an ideal solution for working with complex data sets and operations. Institutions that rely on fast processing for their applications and require quick access to stored data are best served by a flash-based solution.

All flash and hybrid flash arrays are best-suited for use with high-performance, mission-critical applications. Hybrid solutions can be used for data where latency is not an issue, such as research and grant statistics or records retention, a spinning disk solution may be more appropriate.

A hybrid storage solution that utilizes both technologies balances these needs.

StoneFly’s Flash Voyager DX Series of SAN Appliances is the fifth generation of the StoneFly Voyager series of high-availability cluster appliances. It offers enhanced performance, redundancy, scalability, and availability. Voyager’s scalable architecture brings the flexibility to start small, and scale up to 200 Terabytes of all flash-based iSCSI and optional Fibre Channel SAN storage or over a Petabyte of tiered (SSD and SAS) storage.

The cornerstone of the Flash Voyager DX SAN Cluster Appliances is the award winning StoneFly™ StoneFusion SAN operating system. The Voyager’s high-performance storage subsystem offers redundant, active/active connectivity for appliance redundancy and increased system performance.

Additionally the Flash Voyager DX offers cost-effective expansion via optional Flash Expansion Arrays and Flash Expansion Units.

StoneFly’s data deduplication capability allows users to fit 5x to 137x more data within the same storage footprint without reducing overall performance.

This extreme storage optimization minimizes the cost outlay for flash-based disks which are typically more expensive than their spindle-based counterparts.

Featuring active-active components for business continuity, the Flash Voyager DX offers full RAID protection and requires no down time for storage expansion. Its architecture enables customers to start smaller and then expand to up to 448 drives via expansion arrays. For added flexibility, configurations can be mixed and matched according to customer need with any combinations of flash-based SSD, Nearline 7200RPM SAS, and enterprise 10k or 15k SAS drives.

Modernizing your institution’s storage infrastructure is no small undertaking. The Intel i7 powered StoneFly Flash Voyager DX Series of SAN appliances family offers the ideal balance of affordability and performance with scalability and accommodations for improved technology.

To know more call 510.265.1616 to speak to an expert or click on StoneFly Flash Voyager DX Series of SAN appliances.

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