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Cal State Monterey Bay Virtualizes Academic, Research Data

The HP P6000 Enterprise Virtual Array offers up to 480 TB of virtualized storage.
The HP P6000 Enterprise Virtual Array offers up to 480 TB of virtualized storage.

California State University, Monterey Bay is expanding its use of virtualized storage to provide 24-hour access to academic and research data for students and faculty. For the move, the university is deploying HP's P6000 Enterprise Virtual Arrays (EVA).

The P6000 EVA is the latest in HP's enterprise-class virtual storage systems. CSUMB had already deployed a previous-generation system about six years ago. But, according to information released by HP, "with ongoing data growth and deployment of new applications for scholastic research, the university needed to update its storage systems to add capacity and flexibility."

The P6000 EVA is available in six base configurations ranging in capacity from 240 TB with a 4 GB cache to 480 TB with an 8 GB cache. The dual-controller systems support up to 20 drive enclosures with 25 drives per enclosure and offer four or eight 8 Gbps fiber channel ports and, in some configurations, either eight 1 Gbps iSCSI ports or four 10 GbE ports.

"CSUMB professors and staff need information access around the clock," said Steve Mann, CSU Monterey Bay's associate director of network services, in a prepared statement. "The scalability of the HP P6000 EVA will enable us to cost-effectively support the capacity demands generated by our current and future graduating classes."

Located on California's central coast, CSU Monterey Bay is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system. CSUMB offers 22 undergraduate degree and eight graduate degrees and has a total enrollment of 5,200 students.

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