|[March 12, 2014]
Arizona State University's Biodesign Research Institute Leverages DataCore's Storage Virtualization Platform to Fuel Biomedical Research
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
DataCore, a leader in software-defined storage, today announced that the
Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (ASU), the second
largest metropolitan university in the United States, has successfully
adopted a software-defined storage architecture by implementing
DataCore's SANsymphony-V storage virtualization platform. With the help
of DataCore, the Biodesign Institute has increased application
performance by up to five times, maximized storage capacity of existing
investments, improved uptime and significantly reduced costs by removing
old storage controllers that had become high-maintenance and
"DataCore enables all the different storage devices that comprise our
architecture to communicate and work with each other - even though they
come from a wide mixture of vendors - thereby allowing the Institute to
gain efficiencies and reduce our costs," said Scott LeComte, senior IT
manager at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute. "Just as
important is the fact that DataCore's software is portable and can
reside in different locations, meaning we avoid a single point of
failure by deploying two DataCore-powered nodes that operate
synchronously, campus-wide and automatically can take over for each
other in the event of a failure."
The Biodesign Institute dedicates its research to addressing today's
critical global challenges in healthcare, sustainability and security.
The Institute is made up of 14 different research centers, almost $60
million in annual research expenditures and more than 500 personnel who
rely on the DataCore-powered storage infrastructure. Because the
Institute is so research-intensive, researchers are all required to save
large amounts of data generated from experiments that have been
conducted for long periods of time. The reason for doing so is that
reearchers are frequently called to "prove" how they achieved a
particular discovery - either by a federal agency, like the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA), or by a third party company seeking to buy
the research outright.
"When we first got DataCore, it was amazing how easily it fit into the
environment and just worked. We are very pleased with just how seamless
and non-disruptive the solution has been and its flexibility proves
itself time and time again," added LeComte.
By using DataCore, the Institute's IT team can now easily and readily
pool all storage capacity and provide centralized oversight,
provisioning and management to its entire storage architecture. The
Biodesign Institute was able to expand its IT environment while cutting
costs at the same time as it saw the total cost of supporting one
terabyte of storage decrease from $2,500 per TB to $1,000 per TB.
SANsymphony-V currently manages more than 300 TBs of total mirrored
"IT departments, especially at state-run institutions such as Arizona
State, are constantly being tasked to find new ways to reduce cost,
while ensuring that IT operations run smoothly," said Steve Houck, COO
at DataCore. "By creating a software-defined storage architecture based
on SANsymphony-V, the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State was not only
able to significantly reduce costs, but increased application
performance by up to five times as well."
A complete case study discussing the DataCore deployment at the
Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University is available here: http://datacore.com/testimonials/biodesign-institute-at-asu
About The Biodesign Institute
The Biodesign Institute at ASU addresses today's critical global
challenges in healthcare, sustainability and security by developing
solutions inspired from natural systems and translating those solutions
into commercially viable products and clinical practices.
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virtualization software empowers organizations to seamlessly manage and
scale their data storage architectures, delivering massive performance
gains at a fraction of the cost of solutions offered by legacy storage
hardware vendors. Backed by 10,000 customer sites around the world,
DataCore's adaptive and self-learning and healing technology takes the
pain out of manual processes and helps deliver on the promise of the new
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