The College of Saint Rose Passes the Grade with NetApp Virtualization Solutions
Sunnyvale, Calif.-March 10,
2010-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that The
College of Saint Rose has implemented NetApp® and VMware®
virtualization solutions to tackle the challenges of data growth,
availability, and reliability. Saint Rose has been able to
quadruple its data availability and save an estimated $100,000 a
year in hardware costs by using a combination of NetApp storage
efficiency and data management technologies in their VMware virtual
Located in Albany, New York, The College of
Saint Rose has about 3,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate
students, in addition to continuing education programs. The college
was faced with a growing amount of data and number of servers and
had trouble managing backup and recovery for its disjointed
systems. To manage data growth, the college bought new servers and
spent several weeks provisioning them. Meanwhile, storage
utilization rates were only 20% to 25%. This model put a strain on
the financial resources of the college and was difficult for the
small staff of four administrators to manage. It was also at odds
with the college's green initiative to reduce emissions and power
The College of Saint Rose contacted Atec
Group, an IT solutions provider and NetApp Platinum Partner, to
help design and implement a better way to manage its data. Atec
Group recommended NetApp storage to support a new virtualized
infrastructure based on VMware vSphere™. The new solution
includes a NetApp FAS3000 series system in the main data center
that supports Microsoft® Exchange 2007 servers, Microsoft SQL
Server® databases via Fibre Channel, VMware and Microsoft test
environments via iSCSI, and file shares via CIFS.
The benefits from moving to NetApp and VMware
have been dramatic for Saint Rose, which has reduced its data
center's physical footprint and energy use by virtualizing 80
servers on 5 physical machines. NetApp thin provisioning and
deduplication technology helped improve the college's storage
efficiency, increasing utilization rates by up to 85%. Now, instead
of buying more storage to deal with data growth, the college simply
uses reclaimed storage it already has, deferring $134,000 in
hardware costs each year.
NetApp storage has also helped relieve the
system administrators of many of their time-consuming processes.
Previously, provisioning a new server could take months from
getting a purchase order to installing the unit, and the small
administration staff would then spend weeks provisioning it. Now
the college's administrators can back up, restore, and copy virtual
machines in just minutes with NetApp FlexClone® and
Snapshot™ technology, delivering a huge boost to productivity
and saving up to $20,000 for each new server.
"NetApp has allowed us to move our
infrastructure to a point where we can easily support the needs of
our students and faculty," said Alekseiv Pavlinik, senior network
administrator at The College of Saint Rose. "We've virtually
eliminated server and storage costs, grown our infrastructure while
maintaining the same size staff, and can now create copies of data
at will for development or backup needs."
"NetApp is committed to helping our customers
remove complexity from their infrastructures with best-of-breed
solutions and exceptional technology partners," said Patrick
Rogers, vice president of Solutions and Alliances at NetApp. "We're
very pleased that The College of Saint Rose achieved such great
results in managing their data, increasing efficiency, and
delivering services to their students. Their success was not only
from our advanced storage solutions but also our network of stellar
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