How to Save $135,000 in Storage Costs by Leveraging Smart Technology

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
October 5, 2011

Many colleges these days struggle to balance their academic excellence with the shrinking budgets that affect nearly every institution. IT departments have been hit particularly hard, creating a need for better data storage management. One school – Art Center College of Design in San Diego – transformed their IT infrastructure to gain improved flexibility and efficiency with storage foundations built on NetApp.

Art Center relies on a heavy computing environment, the result of offering data-intensive courses in film, photography, graphic design, and many other art and design programs. With their original decentralized storage infrastructure, Art Center found it difficult to manage and protect its growing data. They needed to consolidate their storage resources into a single unified platform to allow them to more effectively manage their IT environment while gaining efficiencies.

Here’s what they did…

Art Center worked with us to leverage NetApp’s unique storage efficiency technologies to reduce storage costs and requirements. With thin provisioning, Art Center now utilizes just 3.5TB of NetApp storage to manage a total storage allocation of 27.5TB for students and faculty, saving the college more than $90,000 in storage costs. The school has also saved an additional $45,000 with deduplication technology that reduces VMware storage requirements by 44%.

To reclaim much needed storage space, the college used to purge student data at the end of each academic year. With NetApp’s ability to quickly and easily reprovision storage combined with the increased efficiencies, Art Center is now able to provide 5GB of personal storage to students for the length of their time in school and 20GB to faculty members. Now, the college can more effectively respond to and manage the school’s hard-to-predict and expanding storage needs with improved flexibility.

Finally, Art Center leveraged SnapManager® for Exchange and Single Mailbox Recovery to enhance the college’s e-mail availability. As a result, recovering mailboxes—which used to take as much as 2 hours—now takes just 45 minutes, getting staff and faculty back online faster for improved productivity.

NetApp’s advancements in storage efficiency make these savings realistic for many organizations that have big data requirements.

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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