California State University in San Bernardino goes virtual—and saves big

Delivering results with flexible, high-performance IBM System x, IBM BladeCenter and IBM XIV

Published on 20-Jan-2014

Right off the bat, [the IBM solution] saved us money. We replaced the hardware that was on its last legs with virtual machines. We also recouped significant physical space in the data center, which helped to lower our power consumption by 30 percent.

Fernando Gutierrez, operating system analyst – lead supervisor, CSUSB

California State University San Bernadino


Deployment country
United States

Virtual Computing Technology


California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is part of the California State University system, the largest system of higher education in the country. Its 23 campuses and five off-campus centers, serving more than 400,000 students, extend from Humboldt State in Arcata in the north to San Diego State in the south. The university has grown to an annual student population of more than 20,000 since opening in 1965. Over the past 15 years CSUSB has developed more than a dozen highly active research and service centers in surrounding areas.

Business need
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) needed to boost availability for critical applications supporting students and faculty, simplify operations, and enable faster IT service delivery.

CSUSB deployed IBM® System x® 3850 X5 and IBM BladeCenter® HS23 and HS22 servers with Intel® Xeon® processors, and IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3 and IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager for refreshed storage.

The IBM solution has enabled CSUSB to save more than USD1 million by virtualizing servers, lower energy costs by 30 percent, ease IT management, and create a stable development and test environment.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Tivoli Storage Manager

, BladeCenter HS22, , Storage: TS3500 Tape Library, Storage: XIV Gen3,

Virtualization - Desktop

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