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Las Vegas Review-Journal

Five years after becoming the corporate headquarters site for an expanding media company, the Las Vegas Review-Journal upgraded its data center and beefed up its network storage with Pillar Data Systems SAN-NAS combo.

The Las Vegas newspaper’s old data center was built 20 years ago to hold 20 servers and service one newspaper in the days when nobody heard of digital publishing. Since 2001, the data center has not only supported the Review-Journal’s electronic publishing needs but served as headquarters for the Stephens Media Group -- which includes 12 daily newspapers and 40 sites across the country.

Last October, the Review-Journal began moving to a larger data center in the same building. But most of the data migration didn’t begin until infrastructure manager Steven Olson installed his Pillar Axiom early this month -- and it won’t wrap up until he completes migration of about 4 Tbytes of data on Windows and Mac servers over the weekend.

Although the Review-Journal has used an EMC Symmetrix high-end SAN and EMC Celerra NAS since 2001, it still had production data on an Apple Xserve RAID system and email and other Windows applications running on direct-attached servers.

“As we moved into the new data center we wanted to consolidate all storage from all our platforms,” Olson says. “We only had critical data centralized, with storage scattered all over the place. We’ll probably use about 6 Tbytes up after consolidating.”

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