Bryant University Chooses Actifio for Copy Data Storage

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Actifio, the radically simple copy data storage company, today announced that its Copy Data Storage platform has been selected and deployed by Bryant University, a private New England university with a 150-year tradition of innovation and a global vision for success.

“Technology is an invaluable learning tool at the university, which means that I need to plan for maximum uptime and availability. In the past this meant frequent data protection and business resiliency testing that required planning, application downtime and costly excess infrastructure which ultimately impacted our users” Bryant is using Actifio to manage a storage explosion caused by the growth of campus technology application endpoints, reduce costs and to better protect the data relied on by its students and faculty. The university will replace all of its legacy SAN-to-SAN data replication technology with Actifio, freeing up 15 percent of its existing storage capacity and saving the university an estimated $200,000.

Information is the lifeblood of a university, and the technology to manage it underpins the entire academic experience; from teaching and learning, to collaboration among students and faculty, to business outreach and community services. Upon matriculation, all Bryant University students receive IT-issued laptops, and are encouraged to use smartphones and tablets in classrooms to collaborate with each other and faculty. The resulting online learning management system is state-of-the-art, but the proliferation of devices and application endpoints required to support it led to a 300 percent increase in the amount of data stored and managed by the university, in just the last four years. Digging into the root causes of this data growth revealed an all-too-common root cause: uncontrolled copy data.

“Technology is an invaluable learning tool at the university, which means that I need to plan for maximum uptime and availability. In the past this meant frequent data protection and business resiliency testing that required planning, application downtime and costly excess infrastructure which ultimately impacted our users,” said Rich Siedzik, Sr. IT Director, Bryant University. “That was before Actifio. Now can run a Failover Test non-disruptively, as often as we need to. And if there’s a site failure, I can easily and automatically sync back our unique data. That gives more peace of mind, from a solution that costs us dramatically less than the system we were using before.”

In offering new technology based services, higher educational institutions around the world face a tidal wave of data, coupled with the growing cost and complexity of the software tools, hardware, and the personnel required to manage it all. More and more are discovering that the driver of this exponential growth is copy data – redundant copies of production data created by point tools designed to meet the business requirements to protect, share, and analyze information. With a purpose-built solution to address the root cause of the copy data problem – siloed data protection and availability applications – Actifio offers customers the ability to recover anything instantly for a total cost of ownership up to 90 percent less than the traditional model.

“Rich and his team are a shining example of an IT organization that thinks and acts strategically by aligning its technology infrastructure with the needs of its users,” said Actifio CEO and Founder, Ash Ashutosh. “In the case of Bryant University, this means freeing the institution from the undue burden of wildly redundant copy data so it can make all of the valuable information created and used by students and faculty always available to them. It also means freeing the IT team from the stress of unmet SLA’s and elongated recovery time objectives, which allows it to deliver its users what they need not only today, but tomorrow. We’re proud Actifio is part of that strategic approach.”

For more information, please visit Actifio.