iSCSI-Based IP Storage Area Network (IP SAN) Changes the Face of Storage Management at the University of California’s Berkeley Campus

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Tiered Computer Network Storage Approach Results in Dramatic Cost Savings and Simplified Storage Allocation for Haas School of Business

Recently, The University of California's Berkeley-based Haas School of Business joined the growing list of U.S.-based colleges and universities to implement an iSCSI-based IP storage area network (IP SAN) as a means of addressing the need for increased storage capacity.

With an increasing amount of servers to connect and the number of available Fibre Channel (FC) ports on their extensive FC SAN becoming scarce, The Haas School of Business was in need of a more cost-effective way to manage their storage network. Led by Chris Harwood, system administrator at Haas, they worked with SANRAD reseller RADirect to implement an IP SAN that functions in conjunction with the existing FC SAN in a tiered storage scenario. This strategy enables Haas to offload backup server traffic to the more cost-effective IP SAN, thereby freeing up the more expensive Fibre Channel storage space for applications such as e-mail, production clustered SQL server services and general file sharing.

With SANRAD's V-Switch 3000 iSCSI switch at its core, Haas' IP SAN solution delivers significantly reduced CAPEX and OPEX, is compatible with a wide range of storage arrays and server operating systems, requires no HBA cards, and allows system administrators to enjoy high-end features such as virtualization. Harwood especially appreciates the ASICS- (non-PC) based architecture, as well as the simplicity associated with iSCSI. Says Harwood, “Dramatic improvements like dynamic storage allocation have made previously complex tasks so much simpler.”

Uri Zilberman, president of RADirect, largely attributes the growth of IP SANs on campus settings to their extreme simplicity and cost-effectiveness in relation to FC SANs. He explains, “An IP SAN can deliver the same high-end features found in a fully-implemented FC SAN, such as virtualization, mirroring, data replication, and high availability – but at a fraction of the cost and complexity.”

SANRAD’s VP of market development, Zophar Sante, also notes the increased movement towards IP SANs on college/university campuses, citing a number of institutions that have already completed successful implementations. “Although The University of California at Berkeley is the latest campus that we've worked with, it joins an already-extensive list of colleges and universities that have installed IP SANs - The University of Michigan, The University of Alabama, and The University of Florida, just to name a few.”

For more information about building an IP SAN, including application drawings, case studies, white papers and more, visit RADirect’s web site at http://www.rad-direct.com/everyone-needs-storage.

RADirect is currently offering a free one-on-one webinar, “Campus Storage: What Every College/University IT Manager Should Know About IP SANs”. This personalized webinar features case studies and applications drawings from colleges and universities that have successfully implemented IP SANs. Visit http://www.rad-direct.com/campus for online webinar registration and more information.

About RADirect, Inc.

RADirect is a value-added reseller specializing in computer networking access equipment and storage networking solutions. The company's portfolio of carefully selected best-in-breed products includes fiber multiplexers, modems and media converters, solutions for the migration of legacy services to IP including voice over IP, load balancing solutions, and more. RADirect's storage networking offering includes IP SAN and RAID storage solutions aimed at providing extremely reliable, high performance storage at a low cost per terabyte.

RADirect is part of The RAD Group, a family of 15 independent companies that develop, manufacture and market solutions for diverse segments of the networking industry. Six RAD Group companies are traded on the NASDAQ.

RADirect is headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey. For more information about RADirect, please visit http://www.rad-direct.com.

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