Boomtown Tech: Marana Selects IBM Services and Technology for Growth

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MARANA, AZ - 06 Feb 2007: The Town of Marana has selected IBM (NYSE: IBM) services, servers, storage and software to improve speed and performance for all town departments and support the town's rapid growth.

Located just north of Tucson, the Town of Marana has more than doubled its population since 2000, growing from 13,000 to 30,000 residents. The town expects its population to swell to 45,000 in 2010 and to 75,000 by 2020, and its current technology cannot support the aggressive growth.

To ensure that its town departments can provide citizens with the proper levels of service and support, Marana will replace Hewlett-Packard systems with IBM System Storage and IBM BladeCenter systems for all of its departments, including police, utilities, finance, human resources, and operations and maintenance, among others.

The new systems also will help Marana deliver more Web-based services to its citizens such as online bill payment options and real-time access to digital maps and 3D spatial analysis models from the town's Geographic Information Systems Department.

"We accomplished more to identify a new solution in the first day with the IBM team than we were able to do in several months with our previous technology partner," said Anthony Casella, Town of Marana IT director. "IBM offered professionalism, expertise and superior technology at half the cost had we stayed with HP."

As Marana continually seeks to deliver consistent, reliable services to its departments and citizens, the new systems will provide increased performance, reliability and lower total cost of ownership to help support and sustain the town's growth over the next several years.

The contract, signed in December, calls for IBM to provide installation services for 20 IBM BladeCenter systems and two technologies developed at IBM's nearby Tucson site -- the IBM System Storage DS4700 Express Storage Area Network and the IBM System Storage TS3310 LTO Tape Library.

The SAN, managed by IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center software, is configured to store 6 terabytes of data -- the equivalent of 300,000 trees turned into paper and printed -- with scalability to store 100's of terabytes.

More information on IBM can be found at and the Town of Marana at

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