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Published: 29 Oct 2012

College students may be too busy partying in the wee hours of the night to notice when the university servers go down, but Lou Ramirez isn't. Every night, administrative systems at the University of Southern California (USC), in Los Angeles, are shut down for nearly four hours while approximately 1TB of Sun Microsystems StorEdge T3 array enterprise storage is backed up. Servicing more than 28,800 students and 3,800 faculty spread over 50 USC departments, the administrative systems--custom-built applications based on UniVerse databases running on more than 30 Sun servers--manage student records and grades, university financials, alumni communications and other critical information. For Ramirez, associate director of administrative information services at USC, the four-hour backup window meant the applications were staying down much longer than she liked. Aiming to close the window to a mere crack, USC recently implemented Sun's StorEdge Availability Suite to begin doing backups using point-in-time snapshots. The move has reduced downtime and laid the ... Access >>>

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