University IT Departments Worldwide Leverage Spectra Solutions to Meet Campus Users’ Needs

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Higher education institutions, like most modern organizations, wrestle with managing and storing their growing amounts of data. In addition to student data, which includes information about assignments, activities and performance, universities also manage data from a multitude of campus users. Research centers, academic libraries and even on-campus production studios often deploy their own data storage solutions to increase efficiencies within their organizations and bolster their ability to successfully serve students and the community. As data becomes an even more critical part of daily operations at these institutions, leading universities often centralize their data management and storage systems to promote standardization, improve access and encourage cost savings. In fact, schools with multiple IT environments that consolidate data operations and align resources with critical needs within the university system tend to benefit from reduced overhead costs, greater scalability and enhanced flexibility in their workflows.

Spectra Logic has worked closely with numerous higher education organizations throughout the years, providing cost-effective data storage solutions that help them exceed short- and long-term goals. Find out what we have learned about performance, growth and operational needs in these educational environments below.

University of Notre Dame (ND)

The University of Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technology serves a wide range of clients on campus and had several unique requirements to fulfill in finding an enterprise solution that would work for all of them. The Center for Research Computing required a solution to protect the research data on hundreds of servers. Notre Dame Studios wanted more effective management of studio video content, audio podcasts and recordings of live events and classroom lectures. And the University Libraries needed large-scale storage for their digitized material and for their institutional repository containing research data and scholarly output. Having previously deployed a Spectra® T950 Tape Library in 2014, the university more recently introduced a Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage System to upgrade their solution. Read about it here.

University of Georgia (UGA)

The University of Georgia ranks among the best research libraries in the U.S., housing over 5.2 million volumes and one of the nation’s largest map collections. Its libraries are composed of nearly 80 years’ worth of digital content in varying formats – including radio, audio, video, books and individual documents. The University was in need of a solution to preserve their library content indefinitely, and worked with Spectra Logic to implement a disaster recovery and archive strategy. Continue reading here.

University of South Dakota (USD)

University of South Dakota (USD) operates two supercomputer systems, the Lawrence Supercomputer and the Legacy Supercomputer. Their mission is to leverage this cyberinfrastructure to accelerate computational and data-driven research and scholarship – reducing time to discovery, growing the number of affiliated research practitioners and increasing USD’s competitiveness for research funding. Access is free to all non-commercial entities in South Dakota.

USD’s supercomputing user base grew to include virtually all Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines, with emerging cases in the Humanities. Additionally, individual laboratories managed their own data storage capabilities locally, posing a significant obstacle to cross-campus data accessibility and collaboration. Learn how Spectra helped USD manage their growing infrastructure and expanding user base here.

University of Leeds School of Earth & Environment

The research division of the University of Leeds is ranked first in the UK for the quantity of its world-leading research and fifth out of 44 departments in the UK for overall research quality in earth systems and environmental sciences. Its School of Earth & Environment, one of the largest and most accomplished in the UK, uses a Spectra® T950 Tape Library and Spectra NAS Solution to store its research data, including complex scientific numerical models and visualization for the Centre of Excellence for Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC). Read more here.

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI)

MSI addresses the high-performance computing needs of research groups at the University of Minnesota. They facilitate University and industry collaboration in a number of fields, from advanced imaging, to next-generation sequencing data analysis, to the design of cutting-edge medical devices. To implement a large data archive system that would meet their research requirements, MSI chose a Spectra® T950 Tape Library and Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage System. Learn more here.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

KAUST, an international graduate research university located in Saudi Arabia, is home to the fastest and most powerful supercomputer in the Middle East. With one of the fastest growing research and citation records in the world, the University backs up over 20PB of scientific data. They selected a Spectra® TFinity® ExaScale tape library for scalability, affordability and the ability to automatically migrate data from disk to tape. Continue reading here.

As technology becomes increasingly crucial to university operations, updating data centers and evolving facilities as new technologies emerge will be essential to higher education institutions competing in this landscape. Contact us today to learn how we can help.