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Colby-Sawyer College Achieves Continuous Availability with DataCore Software
DataCore, a leader in software-defined storage, today announced that Colby-Sawyer College has achieved its business continuity goals, and realized significant performance and productivity gains and cost savings by using DataCore SANsymphony-V.

Reducing risk through better data protection was the key reason behind Colby-Sawyer College's adoption of DataCore's software-defined storage platform. According to Assistant Director of Information Technology David Blaisdell, “In order to regain the level of redundancy we had before moving to the hybrid flash/disk array and add needed redundancy for high-availability to our VDI deployment, we had to find a solution. DataCore met all our requirements and added many other features.  Now, even with one server room offline, our storage is always available.”

Colby-Sawyer College has experienced a significant reduction in storage-related downtime since deploying DataCore in a synchronously mirrored, “metro-clustered” configuration.  By having real-time redundancy of data between its two data centers, the IT team minimizes downtime as well as risk when considering damage to a data center or failure of a single storage array. Now, if a storage array goes down, systems will stay online. 

Equally notable, DataCore has drastically decreased the time spent on routine storage tasks for IT staff at the college.  With DataCore, IT can maintain the institution’s storage arrays during business hours without impact to systems running in-production.

Turbo-Charged Performance and Increased Capacity and Productivity

Colby-Sawyer College has also achieved increased performance as a result of DataCore’s inherent caching benefits and -- due to the performance multiplier brought on by caching – its physical arrays do not see nearly the activity as they used to. 

The college is using DataCore’s auto-tiering feature in combination with NexGen QoS policies, which enables it to realize even better performance. In the future, the college anticipates that with auto-tiering, it will be able to reduce its need for premium-priced equipment.

DataCore has improved productivity at Colby-Sawyer College by enabling the IT staff to manage their storage assets from a single interface. Thin-provisioning of capacity delivers better capacity optimization and centralized automation ensures better allocation of storage resources. In addition, IT managers at the school are impressed with DataCore’s monitoring capabilities, which enable them to view just about any metric imaginable.

Reduced Storage Costs and Expanded Purchasing Options

Colby-Sawyer College anticipates being able to delay and even avoid outright certain storage costs with DataCore software-defined storage software. The college no longer has to get rid of software as part of refresh cycles, but can extend the life of storage investments as well as skip expensive refresh cycles completely. Moreover, it is able to avoid costly hardware lock-in and entertain more attractive alternatives from competing storage hardware suppliers.  

“DataCore gives us the luxury of adding any other storage we may adopt in our environment without having to worry about the SAN’s features,” said Blaisdell.  “We can also foresee DataCore extending the lifespan of our storage arrays.” 

Added Blaisdell, “DataCore provides all of the high-end SAN features we could desire. Bottom-line: Centralized, automated data storage management through a unified, DataCore SANsymphony-V storage services platform delivers enormous value to those tasked with making sure all IT systems run non-stop at Colby-Sawyer College.”

Colby-Sawyer College, founded in 1837, is a private, comprehensive baccalaureate college situated on a 200-acre campus in New London, N.H.  A full case study on the deployment at Colby-Sawyer College is available here.
Published Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:33 AM by David Marshall

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