Central Connecticut State University Looks to the Future and Builds Its IT on NetApp
SUNNYVALE, Calif.-January 11,
2011- Universities across the country are experiencing
financial and administrative limitations in the face of growing
demand for storage space and server resources from faculty,
students, and staff. That's why Central Connecticut State
University (CCSU) built its IT on NetApp® (NASDAQ: NTAP). By
IT and virtualization solutions from NetApp, CCSU has increased
usable storage without buying more disk and can now quickly respond
to changing needs. With efficient and
flexible IT from NetApp, the university can worry less about
storage and focus more on educating.
CCSU faced ballooning storage needs while
resources and budget remained constricted. This forced the IT staff
to spend much of its time allocating and reallocating what storage
it had to address its changing needs. Furthermore, the existing EMC
system had only 1TB of available storage and supported only Fibre
Channel connectivity. This limited flexibility hindered CCSU's
ability to scale to growing demand, and adding more storage would
only have created additional expenses and wasted valuable time.
That's when CCSU contacted ePlus, Inc., a NetApp Star-level partner
in the NetApp Partner Program and a leading systems integrator in
New England, to help upgrade its infrastructure.
- CCSU virtualized on VMware® and NetApp storage.
- CCSU now runs 180 virtual servers, but with NetApp's
deduplication technology, VMware storage requirements are down
- The university reduced its physical servers from 125 to 20,
saving 10% in power and cooling costs and increasing the number of
applications it can host.
- With NetApp's deduplication and thin provisioning, CCSU avoided
buying 36TB of storage and increased the total amount of storage
allocation by a factor of 100.
- It now takes only two full-time employees to manage storage for
a diverse set of applications and services and a user base of over
- David Orschel, director of Technical Services at
"Storage is the foundation of the IT infrastructure that runs all
our school's business and user applications. We needed a more
efficient and scalable infrastructure, and we just don't have the
funding or the staff to risk being locked into a solution that
can't respond to our changing needs. Now, we have that flexibility
and efficiency. We use less capacity, scale without adding
headcount, and provide higher availability and faster response than
- Mark Weber, president and general manager of U.S.
Public Sector at NetApp:
"Universities all over the country are using our deduplication and
storage efficiency features to dramatically reduce the amount of
storage they need to buy and manage. This allows universities more
time and resources to help serve students and faculty."
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