One of the greatest challenges IT can face at any substantial public educational institution is managing large scale environments with limited resources.  Big universities are constantly looking for ways to consolidate resources and manage their environments efficiently.  It is what many people in the IT world face in today’s environment of learning how to do more with less.  As an example, at an institution as large as North Carolina State University they have to deploy a wide range of applications in an environment that must work effectively with different performance and uptime requirements as well as the different needs of their customers.
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North Carolina State University was approached earlier this year to become one of EMC’s beta test customers for Unity Storage.  If you haven’t heard about Unity, it is a simple, modern, flexible and affordable storage solution that delivers enterprise capabilities with like simplicity in all-flash, hybrid, converged and software-defined configurations. Joining us at EMC World to tell his Unity beta experience story was Patrick Williams, the IT Infrastructure Architect from North Carolina State University.  I was lucky enough to have been able to sit in several sessions where Patrick spoke.  Here is what I learned about this customer’s experience with Unity Storage:

  • The product deployment was great from a planning perspective because the systems were designed consistently. Since they are all 2U it was easy for North Carolina State University to plan their environment to scale
  • They were able to install a Unity system in just minutes
  • The use of different tiers of storage in the Unity platform helped them manage their diverse environments
  • No more dependency on Java was a giant plus for them
  • Unity allowed them more efficiency because they could manage file and block snapshots together

You don’t have to take my word for it.  Hear Patrick tell his Unity Beta experience story in this brief video:

Patrick tells a great story of his experience with Unity.  If you want to try it out, there is a simulator you can download for free.  You can also chat with our experts and other users by checking out the Unity Community or following @EMCStorage on Twitter.

Jamie Doherty

Consultant Social Media Engagement Manager, Dell EMC
Jamie brings over 20 years of experience in both traditional and digital marketing and has worked for companies like Direct to Retail Advertising, The Robb Report Magazine and Monster.com. She joined Dell EMC over four years ago to manage the Advanced Software Division’s social media strategy, and since then has taken on the challenge of managing the social media strategy for Dell EMC's Core Technologies Division. Her newest role will be managing Digital Campaigns for the Dell EMC Data Protection Division as well as leading strategy for Social Media in both the Data Protection and Storage Divisions. Jamie is also a Beachbody Coach helping to inspire others to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. When she is not Tweeting on behalf of Dell EMC or working out to Beachbody, you can find her at a live music venue watching her favorite artist or planning her next theme party. Follow her on Twitter @MnkyGrl47 or @CoachFab40
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