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University Chooses Pillar

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Today, Pillar Data Systems, a leading provider of enterprise network storage systems, announced that Grand Canyon University (GCU) selected the Pillar Axiom storage system as the platform to efficiently manage data in its current IT infrastructure. With guided maintenance and ease of management, the Pillar Axiom has helped the university achieve better data center efficiencies and time savings, while helping its IT administrators with long-term disaster recovery planning.

With 15,000 enrolled students both on campus and online, the private university is anticipating continued growth in both the faculty and student body. Due to this expansion, GCU was looking for the right SAN-based solution to scale up for its back end office needs. After evaluating several vendors, GCU chose Pillar for its user-friendliness and ability to integrate easily with other solutions. The university deployed two Axioms – one for their back office, which houses their Datatel solution and tracks student and financial information. The second Axiom was deployed to store the Angel application, a service that students utilize for online courses.

“With a limited IT staff and growing student population, it was essential for us to get a storage system that was cost effective and easy to implement and scale, while giving us the flexibility to integrate with our current online applications,” said Mike Lacrosse, CIO of Grand Canyon University. “Also, a main priority for us was to grow the physical IT infrastructure so that we could execute a solid business continuity and disaster recovery plan. We were able to achieve all of this with the Pillar Axiom.”

Pillar Data Systems Inc.