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HP Virtualizes Storage for California State University to Support Scholastic Research

University Selects HP P6000 Enterprise Virtual Arrays to Meet Increased Capacity and Flexibility Demands (January 24, 2012)

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/24/12 -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) selected HP P6000 Enterprise Virtual Arrays (EVA) to deliver around-the-clock data access to its students and faculty, as well as increased storage capacity in support of scholastic research applications.

CSU Monterey Bay's purchase of the HP EVA represents the 100,000th unit sold since the product family's inception in 2001.

CSUMB, one of 23 campuses within the California State University system, already relied on a previous version of the EVA to store education plans and resources for more than 5,000 students and faculty for the past six years. With ongoing data growth and deployment of new applications for scholastic research, the university needed to update its storage systems to add capacity and flexibility.

After evaluating several vendor solutions, CSUMB chose the next-generation HP P6000 EVA, based on HP Converged Infrastructure, as the storage backbone for its new, virtualized data center. Now CSUMB consolidates application data to reduce administration time and total cost of ownership, while increasing the university's storage utilization by as much as 50 percent as it virtualizes data across disparate departments.

"CSUMB professors and staff need information access around the clock," said Steve Mann, associate director, Network Services, California State University, Monterey Bay. "The scalability of the HP P6000 EVA will enable us to cost-effectively support the capacity demands generated by our current and future graduating classes."

The midrange HP P6000 EVA is 20 to 30 percent easier to manage than competing alternatives.(1) It provides CSUMB with improved return on investment by reducing maintenance and administration time. Integrated thin provisioning delivers cost savings with the flexibility to purchase disk capacity only when needed.

The university's data center team seamlessly implemented the HP P6000 EVA, which enabled CSUMB to:

  • Improve disaster recovery services by moving storage from one array to another while maintaining valuable data in the event of a failure.

  • Enhance business efficiencies with seamless integration into existing business applications and VMware virtual server environments.

  • Reduce carbon footprint and lower energy usage by 40 percent, with twice the enterprise capacity in the same rack space versus previous generations of the EVA.

"Public universities struggle with managing increasing data growth on flat or decreasing IT budgets," said Chris Riley, vice president, Americas, Storage, HP. "The HP P6000 EVA's simplicity, scalability and cost efficiencies allow CSUMB to affordably upgrade its data center with the latest virtualization functionalities while minimizing future investments."

HP Converged Infrastructure is a core component of an Instant-On Enterprise. In a world of continuous connectivity, the Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and citizens with whatever they need, instantly.

HP's premier client event, HP Discover, takes place June 4-7 in Las Vegas.

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(1) "Comparing Management Costs for Midrange Storage Arrays from EMC, HP, and NetApp," Edison Group, May 2011.

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