University of Maryland DOTS Selects StorTrends to Support its High-Demand Virtual Environment

StorTrends High Performance Storage Serves as the Core of the University’s Transportation Services Virtualized Infrastructure

NORCROSS, Ga. – November 4, 2014 –StorTrends® today announced that the University of Maryland’s Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) has selected StorTrends high-performance storage arrays to be the core of its newly implemented virtual infrastructure. With StorTrends, the university’s DOTS organization is able to achieve ultra-high storage performance, true storage tiering, data deduplication and archiving, with a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) at a very reasonable price.

Serving over 37,000 students and 13,000 staff (not to mention hundreds of daily visitors), the University of Maryland’s DOTS in College Park, MD is responsible for the day-to-day management of every single campus parking spot and the university’s fleet of more than 60 Shuttle-UM transit service vehicles. To support these valued student services, DOTS uses a number of innovative technology solutions to help streamline key processes, such as the management of university parking permits. The University of Maryland DOTS was among the first campuses in the country to implement a virtual permit system, which uses the vehicle’s license plate as its permit. To support this process, it uses license plate recognition cameras which are mounted to enforcement trucks to scan license plates to ensure they are properly parked in the correct lots. After analyzing the data in real-time, the system can alert operators when it fails to find a license plate match so that a citation can be issued.

The elegant parking enforcement system requires a healthy amount of storage capacity and performance to remain at optimal productivity. To support the environment, the University of Maryland DOTS has recently virtualized 90% of its infrastructure using VMware. Today, the environment is comprised of 17 VMware ESX virtual servers, two physical HP servers and several Microsoft SQL databases to support DOTS-specific shared drives and directories, the DOTS website and a host of other applications and systems, including its parking permit operations.

Until recently, the organization used a more expensive SAN solution that lacked a GUI that was easy to navigate and use. As storage capacity requirements for the DOTS system continued to explode, the organization determined that a more cost-efficient storage solution was required. The new solution needed to deliver major enterprise-class features all with a GUI that was simple to use. That’s when the University of Maryland DOTS discovered StorTrends.

“StorTrends was the perfect fit for my environment,” said Tim Robinson, DOTS IT Coordinator and Systems Administrator, University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services. “They had literally every single feature I was looking for: tiered storage, data dedupe and archiving, innovative data replication and WAN optimization – everything. Then, when I got the final bid, I was literally blown away. I couldn’t believe I was getting all of this capability for the price on the SOW.”

Since implementing StorTrends, the University of Maryland DOTS has migrated its VM LUNS from their legacy storage array to the StorTrends solution. The process has been seamless, eased by the highly usable GUI and VMware Plugin. Now the department benefits from exceptional processing speeds and hasn’t even come close to touching top-end CPU/memory. Future plans for the department include purchasing additional StorTrends storage arrays to support a secondary disaster recovery site.

“StorTrends is ideally suited for organizations like the University of Maryland DOTS that have a high demand virtual infrastructure which needs reasonably-priced enterprise-class storage,” said Justin Bagby, Director of StorTrends. “There is no reason that an organization needs to compromise on performance or functionality just to meet budget restrictions. With StorTrends we pack in all the features organizations need while keeping costs low.”

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