Denton Central Appraisal District (DCAD) which is some 30 minutes north of Dallas extends several hundred miles and contains approximately 300,000 acres comprising residential and commercial properties. Each year, the district prepares and disseminates an annual appraisal roll, and then gives property owners three months to protest before final tax assessments are levied.
During this time, the demand for information processing typically quadruple and storage requirements skyrocket. In addition, DCAD’s heavy reliance on database technology and increasing use of imaging put additional strain on the district foundation.
In the last year alone, DCAD’s storage grew by 300 percent as new home development and other growth countywide caused significant increases in imaged documents including photos and maps.
To counter this challenge the foundation started looking for a solution which could support a major database migration from an older UNIX platform to Microsoft SQL server in order to appraise core software and geographical information systems.
As their IT team forecasted long-range requirements based on current and anticipated storage growth, they came to a conclusion that a storage area network (SAN) provided a critical piece of DCAD’s upgraded technology foundation.
After a review done on the current storage vendors in the market, Denton Central Appraisal District’s IT team zeroed on StoneFly IP SAN. It asked for a company representative’s presentation on the capabilities of StoneFly IP SAN. In less than 30 minutes, the representative set up a basic IP SAN with one server and one disk array to show the ease with which the system handles block-level file storage.
The interface was so intuitive and the system was extremely easy to use and the IT team of DCAD was impressed with the simplicity of “carving out” volumes.
Now, DCAD’s StoneFly IP SAN enables the IT team to meet fluctuating storage requirements easily and economically. It is also using the IP SAN as a backup and disaster recovery service for around 15 servers enticed with virtualization software.
Thus, Denton Central Appraisal District is now well positioned to tackle the annual processing rush when the appraisal rolls are made public.
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