FalconStor Provides Open University with Highest Degree of Storage Management
- 12 May, 2005 11:09
<p>Britain's Largest University Deploys IPStor for Storage Consolidation,
Centralisation and High Data Availability</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – May 12, 2005-FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC), a leading developer of network storage software solutions, today announced that The Open University, the UK's leading distance learning provider, has chosen IPStor® Enterprise Edition software to manage its rapidly increasing storage resources and to ensure maximum availability of its all-important online learning services. IPStor software will be implemented and integrated by FalconStor partner Redstor.</p>
<p>The Open University (OU) delivers 178 courses that require students to have online access, while another 97 courses allow students to use online services if they wish - numbers that are increasing annually. Since 80 percent of its 200,000 students are in paid employment, there is heavy and sometimes unpredictable demand for access to the OU's online resources around the clock. As a result, high data availability has become a key objective for the OU's IT managers.</p>
<p>"Our disparate storage environment was growing at a brisk pace. Being wary of how hard a SAN might be to manage, we undertook extensive research on potential SAN solutions, factoring in features such as virtualisation," said Marilyn Moffat, Software Manager, The Open University. "We found that the IPStor solution offered many facilities to enhance data protection, ranging from re-routing data to avoid temporarily disrupted paths, to accelerated recovery in the event of a major problem in the primary data centre."</p>
<p>The OU already has a large amount of Sun and other storage, and wants to preserve this investment. In addition, new EMC storage was being acquired. IPStor software will provide the OU with essential centralised storage management over a Fibre Channel SAN, including the consolidation and virtualisation of all this disk storage into a single storage pool. This will allow the OU's IT administrators to provision application servers centrally rather than locally, while allowing them to perform essential backup and maintenance operations from the central management console.</p>
<p>To read the complete release, including the Safe Harbor agreement, visit www.falconstor.com/OpenUniversityUK.asp.</p>
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