Focus on... Storage

What do IT decision makers need to consider when it comes to choosing the right type of storage for business?

The department's IT service division decided to replace the ageing Unix system. Cost was also a significant driver in the selection process with strict budgetary restrictions in place, along with reliability and ease of deployment. The business stability of the supplier and ability to adhere to installation deadlines were important considerations.

It evaluated a number of suppliers, including EMC, BlueArc, NetApp, and Isilon. In the end, it opted for a solution from providers ONStor and Infortrend to provide increased data integrity and reliability, improved performance and manageability, scalable capacity and improved data recovery.

The department invested in two Bobcat 2440 clustered NAS gateway servers, each with 12 Terabytes of Infortrend storage, located at disparate sites, with file systems mirrored between sites.


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The new Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution, now allows the university's engineering department to provide all of its users with appropriate amounts of home directory storage, with much greater resilience than before, using both NFS and Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocols.

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