Did you know Coraid has over 130 education customers, colleges, universities, and school districts all over the world? Some common themes these institutions share are their need to manage storage growth, sometimes doubling year over year, tight budgets, and a need for easy to manage storage that is not so complex it takes trained experts to keep it up and running.
Palmer College in the UK is a good example of a college that because of data retention regulations (emails and student records must be kept for five years and old students’ work for three years) is trying to keep up with significant growth in storage requirements and management challenges.
To address their storage requirements many education institutions are turning to server virtualization to improve their IT efficiency only to find that Fibre Channel shared storage will end up costing more than what they save in server consolidation. And iSCSI does not provide the performance they need.
This is why so many education institutions turn to Coraid Ethernet SAN storage, because they have found that by leveraging the power of Ethernet SAN our customers get the performance of Fibre Channel without the cost or the complexity. Our scale-out architecture based on commodity hardware and Ethernet is a proven, reliable and affordable alternative to Fibre Channel and iSCSI SANs.
Here is what Dan Byne, Network and system developer at Palmer's College said, “Our Coraid systems have curbed our needs for additional IT staff; the storage infrastructure is much easier and quicker to manage now. What took a working week before only takes a day. The Coraid Ethernet appliances are very fast and the performance/cost and capacity/cost ratios are fantastic. Like most colleges, our IT budgets are very tight so we need to make every penny work as hard as possible; this is why we purchased Coraid systems.”