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NetApp Helps Tampa Libraries

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP - News) announced today that the Hillsborough County Library Services (HCLS), located in Tampa, Florida, has solidified its disaster recovery capabilities and streamlined its overall storage environment thanks to its recent installation of the NetApp S500 storage solution.

HCLS, with over 350 employees, is the central facility for the library system that serves Hillsborough County. The library contains over 2.1 million volumes and circulates 8.2 million items a year. While data growth was never an issue for HCLS, its previous IT infrastructure was unable to handle backups at the same time as file storage. Furthermore, with physical space at a premium in the server room and limited IT resources, any upgrades of the previous infrastructure needed to factor in both space and management constraints. Adding one final layer of complexity for HCLS was the disaster-prone location of Florida. While the library had survived more than 10 years without a fully featured backup scheme, changes had to be made to upgrade its rudimentary backup processes.

“Disaster recovery is something that we placed a very high premium on given the key role that HCLS plays in the success of the Hillsborough County library system,” said Jason Biggers, general manager of HCLS. “Unfortunately, our previous backup and recovery method wasn’t the long-term solution we needed. After looking around, we decided that the network storage capabilities of NetApp combined with the virtualization capabilities of VMware® gave HCLS the best possible solution to meet our business needs.”

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