Tallahassee Community College Improves Storage Capacity To Twenty Terabytes While Maintaining IT Budget Expense

New Information Infrastructure of IBM Servers, Storage, and Software Allows for the College to Manage, Store, and Anticipate For Future Application Support

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida - 02 May 2008: IBM today announced that Tallahassee Community College has gone live with a new information infrastructure based on IBM storage, servers and software to mange the student information, finances, HR, web site hosting, and portal project for its more than 14,000 students and nearly 1,000 faculty and staff.

As part of an entire infrastructure overhaul to drive the college’s continued success, Tallahassee Community College worked with IBM and IBM Business Partner Mainline Information Systems, Inc. to design an IBM server, storage and software infrastructure that would give them the ability to grow and scale out as their technology needs demand. The previous storage infrastructure for the College was maxing out at approximately one terabyte of storage, and now has been upgraded to manage and store more than twenty terabytes of information. No increase in the College’s technology budget was needed to achieve this new milestone.

“We looked at offerings from all the major storage hardware and software vendors, and selected IBM based on the reliability, flexibility, and service that both IBM and Mainline were going to bring,” said Bill Campman, Vice President of Information Technology, Tallahassee Community College. “Reliability, service and cost are major factors in determining how we can shape our technology offerings in support of our students and faculty -- and the fact that IBM and Mainline came to us with this solution and improved our storage infrastructure by twenty terabytes, we could not be more pleased.”

Two IBM System x3950 servers connected to an IBM System Storage DS4800 provide the technology server and storage foundation for the entire College. Student information, finances, HR systems are run on the IBM System x3950s and all the Web site hosting, email for students, faculty and staff, and the TCC Passport portal project are utilizing the storage infrastructure. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.3 is used as the underlying back-up and support software. Using a phased approach, the entire project went live in late 2007.

“Mainline and IBM together are a tremendous team for our customers, where we combine technology leadership, innovation and years of solution development skills to maximize a customer’s infrastructure – and Tallahassee Community College is a great example of that,” said Bill Colestock, vice president, Storage Sales, Mainline Information Systems, a key IBM business partner globally based in Tallahassee, Florida.

IBM System Storage is a key element of IBM’s New Enterprise Data Center model, which helps clients improve IT efficiency and facilitates the rapid deployment of new IT services for future business growth. The new model is based on best practices for virtualization, green IT, service management and cloud computing.

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