Sheffield Hallam University Meets Carbon & Opex Reduction Targets with Compellent Storage

Sheffield Hallam University has chosen Esteem Systems to provide a Compellent storage solution to boost overall storage performance, reduce operational expenditure and lower its carbon footprint by improving utilisation of available storage.

Sheffield Hallam University has chosen Esteem Systems to provide a Compellent storage solution to boost overall storage performance, reduce operational expenditure and lower its carbon footprint by improving utilisation of available storage.

The University has invested in Compellent’s Storage Center using Fluid Data technology. This will give students, staff and academics quicker access to business and course information; improve business processes which are critical to the University’s financial well being; and reduce the operational cost of data storage over the next seven years and beyond.

Dave Thornley, Service Support Manager at Sheffield Hallam, who selected Esteem Systems to implement the Compellent solution says, “Storage underpins the University’s IT infrastructure which is fundamental to its operation so it was vital we chose a solution that was closely aligned with our overall strategic IT plan. Our previous storage system was over six years old and didn’t give us the high performance, disk utilisation and speed we needed.

“The Compellent solution should reduce our data centre footprint, future software costs and carbon footprint substantially. Its clean cut interface and administration of the storage should make it more accessible to others which is vital at a University. The automated tiering of data takes up less disk space so we’re able to virtualise our data, which not only makes us more environmentally friendly, but should also help us accommodate any future storage requirements.”

Alastair Kitching, chief operating officer at Esteem says, “Competition to attract new students is fierce, plus IT is instrumental to Sheffield Hallam’s offering so IT departments need to show they can provide staff and students with fast access to data. Compellent’s enterprise storage system meets this need and is a perfect fit as it has built-in automation and intelligence that allows data to flow easily and quickly throughout the university.”

Article published: 11/10/2010

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