California Polytechnic State University has replaced NetApp storage array with the Zadara Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) located on its premises and behind its firewall.
The announcement was made by Zadara Storage, a provider of storage-as-a-service (STaaS), at VMworld 2015 in the U.S.
The public university has made Zadara’s On Premise as a Service (OPaaS) private cloud storage solution as the backbone in order to move from a cost center to an IT-service provider model in serving its colleges and departments.
Zadara Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) assisted Cal Poly to solve management, scalability and performance issues. Cal Poly also eliminated the 3- to 5-year purchase-manage-refresh cycles of traditional storage.
Cal Poly’s single NetApp array was causing an I/O storm impacting performance, as the mixed workloads it supported caused the classic noisy neighbor issue. The array was complex and difficult to manage, causing delays in responding to departmental requests for storage capacity.
Cal Poly’s IT services evaluated over 20 storage vendors including EMC, Dell, and Amazon S3. Cal Poly’s IT services team selected Zadara Storage as it faced a 5-year budget lock that kept it from purchasing capital expenditure (Capex) infrastructure.
“The Zadara VPSA gives us the scalability and elasticity we need to scale up, and also to scale down – as the campuses do during semester breaks. We enjoy the economic benefits of a multi-tenant array, but maintain the performance isolation as if every department had its own storage. Zadara fit around our IT requirements, not the other way around,” said Tim Schmidt, engineering services manager at Cal Poly.
Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage, said that traditional storage arrays have fixed limitations that waste both human and capital resources.