Excelsior College Consolidates and Simplifies Storage With ATEC Group and NetApp

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Executive Summary

Excelsior College is an accredited, recognized leader in removing obstacles to the educational goals of the adult learner. Their challenge is to consolidate disparate and widely distributed Direct-Attached Storage (DAS), reduce storage management cost and complexity, enable flexible storage growth to support expanding curriculum and support 40% data growth per year. Excelsior College chose NetApp to overcome these challenges. Their benefits were consolidated DAS distributed among 60 servers, improved backup and recovery that established the foundation for a DR strategy implemented a year later, reduced backup from 30 hours to 3 minutes, slashed recovery from 2 days to 20 minutes and delivered easy integration with a VMware environment consisting of 55 VMs, 4 ESX servers, and virtualized applications including Lotus Domino, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, and Microsoft SQL Server.

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