University of Pittsburgh - IBM Client Reference Video

Published on 29-Sep-2011

"The IBM System Storage technology has given us the ability to meet end users’ storage needs easily and efficiently, supporting 24×7 availability." - Lou Passarello, Assistant Director at the Network Operations Center, University of Pittsburgh

Customer:
University of Pittsburgh

Industry:
Education

Deployment country:
United States

Solution:
IT/infrastructure, Business Resiliency, Energy Efficiency, High Availability , Optimizing IT, Virtualization - Storage

Overview

The University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest educational institutions in the United States and has evolved into an internationally recognized center of learning and research. With five campuses located in western Pennsylvania, the university serves over 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students and 14,000 faculty and staff members. The mission of the university is to provide high-quality undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs that advance the artistic, scientific and professional prospects of Pennsylvania’s citizens.

Business need:
Continuously growing data volumes were putting pressure on the University of Pittsburgh’s storage infrastructure. Managing and provisioning storage was complex and time-consuming.

Solution:
Deployed a fully virtualized two tier storage infrastructure, including two IBM® System Storage® DS8800 arrays and an IBM Storwize® V7000 system, managed using IBM SAN Volume Controller.

Benefits:
IT teams can provision new storage rapidly and painlessly, drastically reducing administrative workload and increasing user satisfaction; storage virtualization boosts flexibility.

Video

The University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest educational institutions in the United States and has evolved into an internationally recognized center of learning and research. With five campuses located in western Pennsylvania, the university serves over 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students and 14,000 faculty and staff members. The mission of the university is to provide high-quality undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs that advance the artistic, scientific and professional prospects of Pennsylvania’s citizens.




Video Transcript


Lou Passarello, Assistant Director for the Network Operations Center, University of Pittsburgh

Lou Passarello: The mission of the university is to provide high quality undergraduate programs and superior graduate programs as well as supporting research. Universities rely on data for really every system that they run from academic systems to administrative systems to research systems. Being able to keep up with the growing amounts of data is a challenge for us.

We have seen 20% to 25% increases in data over a two-year period. A lot of that data is research based. Storage needs to be able to support those databases, not only from a performance perspective but from a reliability perspective and availability perspective.

In the past, applications such as the student information systems, the financial systems, the core systems, all of those had discrete storage. And what I mean by discrete storage is there were actually physical islands of storage for each one of those applications…it was difficult for storage to be utilized, maintained which impacted the availability of that storage. We were looking for solution that would break those walls down.

The data storage solution that the university decided to go with was a 3-Storage Array Solution. The arrays themselves are DS8800 arrays, those serve as our Tier 1 arrays. The Tier 1 array is the solution that is supporting all of the critical online systems. The Tier 2 is more for a backup or static data; data that does not change that often. If the Storwize V7000 had to be increased from a speed perspective, from a performance perspective right within the array it can be expanded.

The key to the solution was the IBM SAN Volume Controller that is the controller that sits in front of the IBM arrays that allows us the flexibility to migrate data and to provision data. It required less footprint on the data center floor, less space on the data center floor, and it also required less power than the discrete islands required and made for a better operating environment in the data center.

All of that is translated to lower cost and lower cost of supporting the array from an infrastructure perspective translates really to hard dollars. We have the ability now to provide data without end users thinking twice about it. Their applications are available. Their storage needs are met because of the IBM solution that we put in place.

So in the end, the storage solution has helped the student, staff and faculty meet all their needs and this is going to keep the university on the cutting edge.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware:
Storage: DS8800, Storage: Storwize V7000

Software:
System Storage SAN Volume Controller Software

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