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Performance Improvement for All Applications

McNeese State University

Going “All In” With NetApp Flash Storage for 3x Faster Performance

McNeese is increasing the use of technology in classrooms and growing its online presence. Critical applications—Ellucian Banner ERP and Document Management as well as a Moodle online course management system—must be available and responsive 24/7 to not only support on-campus teaching, research, and university operations, but also a growing number of online classes.

As the load on systems steadily increased, students experienced delays and even timeouts during periods of high demand, such as class registration periods. Additionally, backups for Banner ERP and its Oracle databases were taking four hours to complete, raising the risk of data loss and putting a strain on other workloads.

To provide consistently high performance and avoid downtime as students and faculty look to use applications, the university migrated its entire VMware virtual server environment to NetApp All Flash FAS (AFF) systems running clustered Data ONTAP for nondisruptive operations.

Since the deployment, McNeese has seen at least a threefold boost in performance. Productivity and learning applications as well as course registration systems now return nearly instantaneous responses, even during times of heavy usage, and Banner ERP backups are eightfold faster due to improved storage I/O.

By removing storage bottlenecks to performance for critical applications, McNeese can be more competitive and attract top students and faculty. It can also support and grow its distance learning initiatives by offering interactive, data-rich online courses. And it can invest IT staff time in delivering creative solutions instead of load balancing and managing performance.

About this Customer


Located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, McNeese State University is a public regional university with a enrollment of more than 8,000 students. It offers a wide range of educational opportuinties from forensic chemistry and business to engineering and performing arts.

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