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Morris, Schneider & Prior

The IT group at an Atlanta law firm has replaced a Xiotech SAN with one from Pillar, bypassing EMC and HP solutions and adding speed and boot-from-SAN efficiency in the process.

Josh Burnley, director of information systems at Morris, Schneider & Prior LLC (MSP), says it became obvious late last year the firm had outgrown its five-year-old Xiotech Magnitude system. MSP primarily represents financial services firms in mortgage foreclosure, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, collections, and other real estate cases. Burnley says the firm's data is image-intensive and fills up disk space rapidly.

"When we first bought the Xiotech, we thought, 'Two terabytes, that's going to take us forever to fill,' " Burnley says. "Well, we were down to 50 gigs left on our SAN when we decided to upgrade. We had major need for growth on the storage side. We also needed better performance. Our backup times were too slow."

With 305 users at the firm's Atlanta headquarters and more than 30 remote sites throughout the Southeast, the Magnitude was no longer adequate to support MSP's case management and document management databases and email archive.

When the firm decided to upgrade, Burnley and his staff looked at Xiotech's newer Magnitude 3D SAN, as well as midrange EMC Clariion, Hewlett-Packard EVA, and Pillar Axiom midrange systems. (See Xiotech Gives Magnitude a Tuneup.) Burnley says performance, ease of use, and price were his key criteria.

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