The amount of data that educational institutions–colleges, universities, public school systems, and school districts–must oversee continues to grow at incredible rates. This explosion of data is driven by online learning applications and testing, educational portals, video based content, BYOD initiatives, and other trends. Educational institutions are sharing and making data accessible to faculty, students, and parents, but managing that data is a real challenge. This creates a need for revisiting the way these institutions are managing their data infrastructure.
Keeping up with the exponential growth in data due to trends such as online learning, increased data access, and BYOD adoption.
Reduce Infrastructure Costs
With tighter budgets, consolidating infrastructure, maximizing storage capacity utilization, and avoiding costly vendor lock-in is top of mind.
Data needs to be available at all times to faculty and students.
Managing multiple vendor platforms and different interfaces require different expertise and IT staff resources are limited.
We saved 60% on our storage upgrade – based on the quote from our original vendor, NetApp. We replaced all parts of the SAN – a total revamp, including disks, whereas the previous vendor option was to replace mostly the controllers. This was the overwhelming reason we went the DataCore route – that and no vendor lock-in for storage.
I decided to convert to a hyper-converged environment to reduce our data center CAPEX. Simply put, by selecting DataCore we save money and can leverage hyper-converged infrastructure to scale our applications with the smallest possible footprint.
The DataCore and VMware solution allows us to plug in and support storage and virtual servers as and when we need; ultimately DataCore provides a cost-effective storage solution that we are happy to recommend.
Since using DataCore, our storage-related spending has been reduced by over 50%, and as a state funded organization that is important, but not as important as providing a first rate user experience which we now have achieved, with a few tweaks along the way.
DataCore has made our storage, software-defined. As such, DataCore enables all the different storage devices that comprise our architecture to communicate and work with each other – even though they come from a wide mixture of vendors – thereby allowing the Institute to gain efficiencies and reduce our costs.
We are thrilled with DataCore’s performance and what it does on the storage side of the virtual infrastructure. From a cost-perspective, it is a complete home run in that it is vendor-agnostic. I can run any application and take any storage, deploy it behind the DataCore solution and it comes online — and is super-charged with intelligence, performance and a single management interface.
We have realized better data protection by moving our critical data storage to DataCore – providing high availability for servers and VDI desktops. This plays strongly into our business continuity and disaster avoidance strategy.
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