Data is knowledge, and when you’re in the business of supplying knowledge to others, wouldn’t it be a good idea to protect your data in a reliable environment, capable of handling the rapid volume increase that occurs as your institution grows, while also providing instant access? It’s a tall order, but you’re not alone.
Le Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Cnam), was originally established as a museum for inventions in 1794, during the French Revolution, and has since become a fast growing academic research institution. Recognizing their storage infrastructure was unsatisfactory and not capable of handling their course-enrollment process in the face of an expanding student body, Cnam needed to implement a highly scalable, efficient storage solution to improve overall system performance.
Working with IBM and INETD, an IBM Business Partner, Cnam deployed two IBM® XIV® Storage Systems, synchronously mirrored and supporting a full SAP production chain in a virtualized environment running on blade servers.
Built-in thin provisioning on the XIV systems and native support for virtualization on the blade servers enables Cnam to rapidly create virtual servers and reclaim the disk space when it is no longer required, generating excellent space savings and reducing the need for storage administration by 90% and in turn, freeing up IT employees to focus on higher value activities. By enabling greater productivity, Cnam ensures it is ideally placed to capitalize on opportunities for enterprise growth, with the scalable infrastructure in place to support an expanding student population.
Watch the video and hear CIO Denis Corée explain how Le Cnam reduced storage management tasks from days to hours and achieved huge productivity gains with their Smarter Computing solution.
For more detailed information on the solution implementation, view the case study on ibm.com. You can also scan the QR code with your mobile device to download the Le Cnam case study.
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