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Tuesday, 16 July 2013 15:43

Indiana Wesleyan University Modernizes Storage Strategy with Cloud Storage

University eliminates tape backup by turning to MMY Consulting and TwinStrata
NATICK, Mass. – TwinStrata, an innovator in cloud-integrated storage solutions, and MMY Consulting, Inc. (MMY) a provider of information technology consulting services, announced today that Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) has deployed a storage modernization strategy based on TwinStrata CloudArray® and implemented by MMY Consulting.
The solution enables Indiana Wesleyan University to retire its old, overloaded tape-based backup system and easily scale to meet the growing needs of the University. Previously, IWU struggled to keep up with the pace of backup requirements, using aging equipment that often led to stuck tapes or failing drives. The result was that backups could take days to complete and move offsite, leaving data unprotected from onsite disasters.
Today, IWU’s offsite data protection strategy uses TwinStrata CloudArray to ensure that its backup data is quickly and effectively replicated offsite in the Nirvanix cloud. With its implementation partner MMY Consulting, IWU has found that the new solution provides the organization with significantly greater capacity to backup, leading to more data under protection than its previous solution.  
In addition, IWU’s recovery process has improved drastically. Previously, recovery required identifying the right tape, locating it offsite, transporting it back to the main campus and reserving time for the tape drives to do a restoration. Today, recovery can be nearly instantaneous, particularly for smaller files.
“We had reached a point where our tape backup system was both inconvenient and overloaded,” said Brian Israel, director of IT infrastructure, University Information Technology, at Indiana Wesleyan University. “With the combination of MMY’s expertise and TwinStrata’s cloud-integrated storage, we now have a new system that could accommodate our offsite data protection requirements that was quickly scalable, as well as easily retrievable.”
“Higher education institutions such as Indiana Wesleyan University often have constraints around costs, equipment life-cycles and maintenance,” said Rod Rudd, MMY Consulting’s Practice Director for Cloud Computing. “We work closely with organizations such as those represented by the Independent Colleges of Indiana to help them identify the best solution to address their storage needs.”
“For educational and not-for-profit organizations such as Indiana Wesleyan, cloud-integrated storage is a way to move beyond the boundaries and limitations of traditional storage infrastructure,” said Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of TwinStrata. “With MMY, we provide organizations pay-as-you-go storage solutions that address all their needs without the maintenance headaches – whether it’s increasing capacity for encrypted offsite data protection, archive storage or primary storage for local campuses.”
●	Register for our July 25th webinar featuring Indiana Wesleyan at www.twinstrata.com/IWUwebinar 
●	Read a case study about how Indiana Wesleyan University is using cloud storage: www.twinstrata.com/IWUstory  
●	To try TwinStrata CloudArray for free, visit www.twinstrata.com/free-trial 
●	Follow TwinStrata at http://twitter.com/TwinStrata and http://facebook.com/TwinStrata
●	Follow MMY Consulting at http://twitter.com/MMYConsulting 
About MMY Consulting
Founded in 2003, MMY was based on the simple idea of providing high caliber, value­added information technology consulting services. MMY Consulting believes that quality, value, and client satisfaction can only be consistently delivered by highly skilled and experienced consultants who conduct themselves with the highest standards of integrity and transparency. MMY has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Indiana. This award is a reflection of the high caliber team assembled at MMY, doing the right things each day.
About TwinStrata
TwinStrata delivers cloud-integrated storage solutions that seamlessly combine the flexibility of cloud-based technologies with the robustness of traditional storage. As a result, customers benefit from significant reductions in IT costs, time and administrative requirements. Customers of all sizes use TwinStrata to capitalize on the cloud’s scalability and economy advantages without sacrificing the security, performance and peace of mind of local storage. More information is available at twinstrata.com.