Chicago-based Northwestern University has deployed Komprise storage management, which has allowed it to classify large amounts of research data and migrate it off to less costly media. In the process, it has cut annual spending on its central storage pool from $1.1m to $680,000 by moving data from Isilon scale-out NAS to media that is up to 66% cheaper to buy and run. Northwestern is very much a research-focussed university, and when faculty members initiate research, data goes first to a central pool. Research data holdings have extended to billions of files and many petabytes.
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