Chico State Gains Data Center Efficiencies, Trains Students on
Today's Business Tools by Building on a NetApp Storage Foundation
CSU, Chico Grows Its Peer-Hosting Capability, Realizes Efficiencies,
and Better Prepares Students Thanks to a Donation From NetApp
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/29/12 -- When California State
University, Chico, began running out of hosting capacity in their
systems running SAP software for the SAP University Alliance program,
a consortium of universities worldwide that use SAP applications to
support classroom instruction, it was time to seek out a new
architecture. Chico State needed to provide better access to more
products to more schools so that a larger number of students could
receive the training in business processes and enterprise systems
technology they needed to prepare them for today's competitive job
With a donation from NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) worth more than $950,000,
Chico State was able to build its hosting center on a cloud-based
storage infrastructure that provided far greater capacity and a
much-reduced energy footprint. As a result, the school has been able
to reduce energy costs and space requirements while offering more
students the opportunity to work with the market and technology
leader in business management software.
Under the SAP University Alliance, Chico State and four other
peer-hosting centers around the globe are able to teach their
students accounting and business concepts using state-of-the-art,
real-world technology in the classroom while providing the same
experience for the students at other University Alliance member
A member of the SAP University Alliance since 1996, Chico State began
sharing its SAP expertise in 2000 by hosting other colleges. As the
demand for hosting services grew, adding incrementally to a jumble of
standalone servers and storage subsystems became increasingly
unmanageable and was beginning to limit the program's reach. This
required Chico to refresh its data center infrastructure to include a
cloud storage foundation to increase overall data center efficiencies
and securely store information from a growing number of schools on a
single architecture. To address this challenge, the school partnered
with NetApp to build a storage solution that would house the vital
SAP software and serve as the backbone for its hosting center
With NetApp's help, Chico State implemented a FlexPod(R) architecture
that enables multiple SAP products addressing different academic
needs to be rolled out quickly to meet each school's specific
requirements. Developed as a cloud infrastructure with NetApp as the
storage foundation, Chico State has become a service provider for
more than 140 schools in North and South America that are providing
an SAP-enhanced education to 100,000 students per year. Leveraging
the VCS NetApp(R) plug-in to the VMware control panel, Chico State
can now provision SAP clients for each university customer with ease
while providing enhanced system performance and integrity.
-- Jim Sager, chair, Department of Business Information Systems,
California State University, Chico:
"As one of the most well-known
and respected learning institutions in the California State University
system, Chico State has to ensure that its IT infrastructure is up to
date to maintain the level of service we provide to our own students,
faculty, and staff and those of the universities we serve. The SAP
University Alliance Program provides a great opportunity for students
to gain hands-on experience with the same software used in today's
enterprise, better preparing them to enter the technology workforce.
NetApp's donation helps us reach more students as the number of those
enrolled in the program continues to grow."
-- Regina Kunkle, vice president, State and Local Government and Higher
"Attracting more students into programs that will
give them real experience for the competitive job market is one of
NetApp's key goals. Better preparing students for real-world business
applications is a great outcome for the school and for the community.
Our technology allows Chico State to cut costs, reduce energy use, and
provide a great benefit to its students."
-- Since installing the new system, the university has downsized
computing hardware space by 80%, and the maximum power draw of the
system means that there will be at least 60% power reduction and 70%
less heat dissipation compared to the previous infrastructure.
-- With the new system in place, new university clients can be added
quickly and seamlessly, giving faster turnaround so that more students
have access to training on software that is so vital in today's
-- Deduplication is also critically important, because storage demands
are growing rapidly.
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