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Vol. 6 No. 11 January 2008

Unlimited storage

Clemson University bets on lots and lots of low-cost storage to enhance its profile and attract top faculty. Every college and university yearns to break into the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of higher learning. Clemson University, a South Carolina state university that's probably best known for its nationally ranked football team, is no exception. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Clemson in a four-way tie at 67th in the Top National Universities category for 2008, and tied it with another university at the 27th spot in the less-competitive Top 50 Public National Universities-Doctoral category. "Clemson is dead serious about becoming a Top 20 school," says James Bottum, Clemson's CIO and vice provost for computing and IT. The usual way a college does this is to woo celebrity professors with big money or to build new student life centers with sleek facilities that dazzle students. Clemson has decided to substantially upgrade its data center by building out a totally new IT infrastructure ...

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  • Unlimited storage

    Clemson University has big plans as it upgrades its data center—and those plans call for lots and lots of storage. Their new IT infrastructure is being built along the lines of the National Science Foundation's Cyberinfrastructure initiative. Clemson expects its new world-class facility to attract a new crop of young faculty who will find the storage, bandwidth and CPU resources needed to support their research efforts.

  • Taming storage virtualization

    Where storage virtualization should reside and how it should be applied depends on the size of the storage infrastructure, the type of applications running in it, and the levels of control and visibility required by administrators. We look at the leading storage virtualization products and help you decide which technology may be best for your storage shop.

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