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Liverpool Chooses StorMagic

Leading university leaves direct-attached for networked storage and maximizes existing resources

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- StorMagic, a fast-growing developer of iSCSI SAN management software, today announced that the University of Liverpool Computer Science Department is the latest adopter of the StorMagic SM Series iSCSI Storage Area Network (SAN) solution for SMBs. The department made this decision as part of its transition from the existing direct-attached RAID systems to a virtualized SAN environment.

Founded in 1982 and counting more than 500 undergraduate students, 44 permanent members of staff and 50 research assistants/PhD students, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool is a leading center for teaching and research. Supporting these users, there was a storage infrastructure comprising three RAID systems storing 5 TB of data, and DLT tape drives directly attached to two servers via a SCSI interface. Of these RAID systems, two were connected to a server dedicated for staff filestore, while the other was connected to another identical server for student filestore. In a move aimed at making the storage more efficient, the StorMagic SM Series iSCSI SAN was deployed to network the existing resources and protect 4 TB of data.

“Because of the nature of our department, our users generate vast amounts of data and want to have access to a technology infrastructure that offers them very high availability and performance 24/7,” said Kenneth Chan, principal experimental officer at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. “The existing RAID systems were directly attached to the servers and as a result, they were becoming marginalized. We decided that networking our storage would be more effective, and the StorMagic system was the answer for us.”

StorMagic Ltd.

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