GreenBytes Selected by University of Maryland for Accelerated I/O Performance and Improved Virtual Storage Infrastructure

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UMD was provided with enterprise-scale storage features and performance, enabling them to reduce latency, provision and deduplicate a growing number of virtual desktop images, and save significant space with storage server consolidation.

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GreenBytes®, Inc., a developer of high-performance, energy-efficient inline deduplication data storage solutions, today announced that University of Maryland’s AREC Department, an academic unit specializing in the economics of agricultural, environmental and natural resources, selected GreenBytes to upgrade their virtual storage environment and provide the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) required for their evolving storage infrastructure. The University was provided with enterprise-scale storage features and performance, enabling them to reduce latency, provision and deduplicate a growing number of virtual desktop images, and save significant space with storage server consolidation.

As the AREC Department at the University of Maryland (UMD) added more virtual desktops to their network, latency issues were becoming a problem. UMD needed to find an affordable storage solution with advanced features such as compression and deduplication that also included sufficient performance (IOPS) to be used in a diverse environment with server and desktop virtualization, as well as users performing I/O intensive statistical calculations on the same storage subsystem.

“When we started looking into a new storage solution, we knew that we needed enterprise-scale features like deduplication and compression, but also a solution that could be easily expandable, easy to manage, and would give us the biggest bang for our buck,” said Jeff Cunningham, Director of Information Systems, University of Maryland, AREC Dept. “With larger and larger data sets, our storage needs were growing exponentially, and we needed a far more efficient and better performing solution.”

UMD deployed a GreenBytes GB-2000 high-performance SSD accelerated inline deduplicating SAN and NAS appliance with 12 TB of RAW storage, SSD for read/write cache, a pool of ten striped and mirrored disks and two hot spares. In a highly competitive marketplace, UMD decided to purchase the GreenBytes GB-2000 as it offered a unique Hybrid Storage Architecture (HSA) that combined higher performance via the SSD read and write cache, with less costly SATA drives.

“I did consider other alternatives, but the price/performance and expandability of the GB-2000 made it stand out, said Cunningham. “The GB-2000 has provided the IOPS that our dynamic storage infrastructure was demanding, and the latency issues I was seeing prior to implementing the GB-2000 have been resolved.”

UMD was provided with the enterprise-scale storage features and performance that they were looking for, enabling them to provision and deduplicate a growing number of virtual desktop images, saving significant storage space while adding additional efficiencies.

“I was previously using two iSCSI SANS primarily for my server and desktop virtual machines and user data; all of those functions have now been consolidated onto the one GB-2000 that is easier to manage,” said Cunningham. “The GB-2000 has provided me with an affordable, easy to manage, high-performance iSCSI SAN with high-end features that accommodates a diverse computing environment.”

About University of Maryland, AREC Department
The University of Maryland (UMD) is a public research university located in the city of College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) at UMD is a world-class academic unit specializing in the broad issues of the economics of agricultural, environmental and natural resources.

About GreenBytes, Inc.
GreenBytes, Inc. is a provider of high-performance, energy-efficient inline deduplication storage appliances. Featuring the world’s fastest, most efficient next-generation Hybrid Storage Architecture (HSA), GreenBytes’ GB-X Series storage appliances combine highly innovative software technology and advanced power management design with a world-class server platform to address the storage and energy efficiency crises facing today’s IT operations. The GB-X Series features solid state technology for tunable I/O performance, as well as the industry’s highest levels of scalability and reliability in an easy-to-use, cost-effective package purpose-built to bring the efficiencies of data deduplication beyond data protection and into the primary storage market. GreenBytes was founded in 2007 and is based in Ashaway, Rhode Island. For more information, visit: http://www.getgreenbytes.com.

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