AUK selects EMC VNX for app suite overhaul

University said to improve storage utilisation by 400% and performance by 50%

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AUK selects EMC VNX for app suite overhaul Mahakian: AUK has been able to… achieve the increased performance and scalability needed to meet current user demands.
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 27, 2013

EMC today announced that the American University of Kuwait (AUK) has selected EMC and VMware virtualisation and cloud infrastructure technologies to migrate mission-critical applications, including Microsoft Exchange 2010, Oracle, Luminis Portal and LMS Moodle.

AUK is using EMC VNX unified storage with EMC FAST Suite and VMware vSphere to "better handle rapid business growth and improve response time for IT requests from staff and students", according to EMC.

EMC also said AUK had improved storage utilisation 400%, increasing available storage space from 6TB to 24TB, at zero additional cost and the company claimed VNX had enabled the college to improve the performance of its Microsoft and Oracle mission-critical applications by 50%.

With increasing demands from students, faculty and staff for 24/7 access to educational and administrative content, AUK planned to replace its previous storage environment. According to EMC, VNX was selected for "its tight integration with VMware, as well as the performance and cost benefits of a FLASH 1st strategy".

"We selected EMC VNX because it provides us with the high level of efficiency, scalability and performance required to meet the growing demands from our students and staff," Rusty Burns, director of information technology, American University of Kuwait.

"The tight integration between VNX and VMware allows us to easily scale and create new virtual machines right from our server console in one step. We can now see the entire environment and shared storage to provision any changes.

"This increased flexibility and availability, along with simplified system management, has enabled us to better service our students and provide them continuous 24/7 access to the critical applications that they demand, such as the learning management system or online curriculum.

"We expect to see a return on our investment in VNX in just 24 months, and look forward to achieving an ever-higher level of performance and availability as we continue to virtualise our infrastructure."

"AUK was looking for a best-of-breed solution that could increase storage performance and support its ongoing virtualization program, while simplifying the management of its mission-critical applications and improving its ability to meet the growing needs of its internal users," said Habib Mahakian, regional manager, Gulf and Pakistan, EMC.

"With EMC VNX, AUK has been able to successfully transform its IT infrastructure and achieve the increased performance and scalability needed to meet current user demands, while capturing the flexibility required to support anticipated growth."

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