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Washington & Lee University Adopts Tegile's Unique Hybrid Storage Array to Boost VDI Performance and Storage Capacity
Tegile Systems, a pioneer in primary storage de-duplication in virtualized server and desktop environments, today announced that Washington & Lee (W&L), a top-tier liberal arts university, is one of the early adopters of the company’s new Zebi hybrid storage arrays. The university is capitalizing on the Zebi’s high performance solid state disk cache to mitigate the “boot storms” associated with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments. Additionally, the university is benefiting from the Zebi’s ability to de-duplicate and compress data on-the-fly to reduce its storage requirements by 22%. A single Zebi supports both SAN and NAS environments and comes complete with snapshot and replication features for $1.00 per gigabyte.

“We ran into performance problems within six months of implementing VDI and insufficient disk I/O meant we were overrunning the memory cache of our existing system,” said Jef McCreery, Director of Core Systems at W&L. “We considered upgrading our HP system and looked at solutions from EMC and Dell, but finally chose the Zebi because Tegile provided the best performance for the lowest overall cost. In fact upgrading the existing system would have been equal to, if not double, the cost of the entire Tegile solution.”

Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. Tegile’s underlying technology includes their patent-pending Metadata Accelerated Storage System (MASS), and a no-single-point-of-failure architecture that includes high speed solid state memory and high capacity hard disk drives. Uniquely, Tegile’s MASS manages the system’s metadata (data about the data) on high speed media to accelerate all storage functions including random and sequential I/O, data de-duplication, compression, snapshots, and RAID rebuilds.

W&L is one of over 50 customers from  the education, financial services, manufacturing, government, legal, healthcare and transportation industry sectors that  have deployed the new Zebi as primary storage in virtualized server, virtualized desktop (VDI), file services and database environments as well as for replicated storage. Zebi storage arrays are available from Tegile Systems, with prices starting at $16,000.

W&L’s Mr. McCreery will present some of the lessons learned from the university’s VDI implementation at the Storage Networking World Conference in Dallas, Texas. His presentation, “Top 5 Storage Design Essentials for Virtual Desktop”, is scheduled for 2:10pm on April 3rd. A detailed case study is available online at:

Published Wednesday, March 28, 2012 5:51 PM by David Marshall
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