Rensselaer Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Receives Significant IT Support From NetApp
New Storage Infrastructure From NetApp and IBM Will Provide EMPAC With the IT Flexibility Required To Address Media Applications at the Intersection of Media, Arts, and Science
Troy, N.Y.-July 12, 2011 -
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced that NetApp
(NASDAQ: NTAP) has donated advanced storage and data management
equipment to be used in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and
Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). NetApp, which worked with IBM on
fulfillment and integration of the project, provided EMPAC with a
highly available and scalable IBM System Storage N series storage
infrastructure that is built on NetApp® technology.
The new infrastructure will support many
data-intensive applications such as the production and
post-production of high-definition and 3-D video along with video
data for immersive environments and scientific visualizations.
Furthermore, the 168 terabytes of additional storage realized
through the donation more than doubles EMPAC storage capacity for
video and other forms of data, providing EMPAC with the flexibility
to meet the growing needs of artists and researchers in residence
as well as faculty.
"The donation is a long-term investment and
will allow EMPAC to stay at the forefront of media applications
that are at the intersection of media, arts, and science," said
Johannes Goebel, director of EMPAC. "NetApp and IBM's engagement
validates the new model of interaction between arts, science, and
engineering that Rensselaer has created with EMPAC."
"We are very thankful for this gift as it
provides us with some of the best storage technology available in
the 21st century to expand our data storage capability at EMPAC,"
said John Kolb, Rensselaer vice president for information services
and technology and Chief Information Officer. "This gift helps
advance the ongoing and leading-edge work at EMPAC, which is truly
one of the world's unique media and performing arts centers."
"NetApp is committed to helping the higher
education market address today's IT challenges," said Tom Georgens,
president and CEO of NetApp and a graduate of Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute. "The Experimental Media and Performing Arts
Center is a unique facility that leverages technology to deliver
production and presentation capabilities that are unmatched. We are
excited to be working with RPI to enable EMPAC to push the
boundaries of what is possible and deliver an experience to
students, artists, researchers, faculty, and audiences that is
second to none."
In addition to IBM, NetApp worked with Sirius
Computer Solutions to provide support configuring, installing, and
integrating the equipment into Rensselaer's IT infrastructure along
with long-term support for maintenance and expansion in the
About EMPAC - empac.rpi.edu
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and
Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, is an international hub for art, performance, science,
and technology - offering adventurous interdisciplinary public
events, support for artists and scholars engaged in creative
research, and the resources of a state-of-the art facility for
digital media production, research, and performance situated on a
EMPAC's building is a showcase work of
architecture that spans the physical and digital worlds. With a
1,200-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, two flexible black box
studios, audio and video production rooms, and residency studios,
EMPAC is a unique environment where digital technology and human
experience can meet.
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
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