HP Storage Solutions Make the Grade in Higher Education

HP StorageWorks Solutions Manage Universities' Data Storage Requirements
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 13, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced worldwide customers in higher education that are increasing their ability to respond to change by adopting HP's ENSAextended strategy to deliver an adaptive infrastructure for storage, based on business requirements, that is controllable, resilient and extensible.

The latest HP StorageWorks implementations at Fraunhofer Institute, Central Queensland University and Shenandoah University demonstrate the versatility of HP in supporting data storage requirements at educational institutions globally.

"Universities rely on HP storage to seamlessly support the varied activities and demands of faculty and students," said Tom Tiernan, Americas vice president and general manager, HP Network Storage Solutions. "Their needs include backing up research archives, handling rapidly increasing data loads from a variety of applications and providing users with seamless IT support. HP storage solutions help these organizations lower management costs and anticipate and respond to business change."

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS

Germany's Fraunhofer IIS, which researches advanced music and multimedia technologies and is playing a major role in developing audio and video standards such as MP3 and MPEG-4, had exploding data storage needs when the organization selected an HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA). In addition, an HP StorageWorks Enterprise Modular Array (EMA) 12000 was added to support the Institute's office functions.

Since implementing the StorageWorks EVA, storage utilization has improved greatly at the Institute; they are using eight times more capacity than they did previously with the same amount of staff. The embedded virtualization technology in the EVA controller enables staff to gather capacity from multiple devices into one virtual pool of storage and easily divide that pool among users.

"Our HP StorageWorks SAN configuration helps us optimize hardware that was formerly underutilized," said Juergen Koller, information technology manager, Fraunhofer ISS. "Given the tremendous capacity of our HP StorageWorks SAN, it is also extremely stable, so I only have to spend a few minutes managing it daily. It's like the phone; I simply use it."

Central Queensland University

Central Queensland University, one of Australia's largest regional universities, also chose HP to support growing storage demands with the StorageWorks EVA and EMA 12000 arrays. Central Queensland implemented a SAN, including HP StorageWorks switches and host bus adapters, to simplify the management of a heterogeneous storage environment, linking existing hardware from multiple vendors into one network.

Shenandoah University

Providing seamless support for staff and student IT demand was the primary goal when Shenandoah University in Virginia selected a storage vendor. After evaluating service and performance, the university turned to the HP StorageWorks NAS S1000 for an affordable entry point into network-attached storage (NAS). The NAS S1000 allows IT staff file level data access, without having to manage or deploy multiple storage strategies. It worked so well that Shenandoah is in the process of installing a second one.

"Staff and students have come to expect leading-edge technology at Shenandoah, and they expect it to be fully reliable and available," said Quaisar Absar, IT director, Shenandoah University. "Working with HP, we have implemented a storage infrastructure that easily supports our most data-intensive applications. Because of its dependability, value and performance, our campus has come to rely on HP for everything from storage and servers to PDAs and service."

More information on HP's storage offerings is available at http://www.hp.com/go/storage.

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