City of Evansville, Indiana, Empowers IT Staff to Deliver More
Services and to Deploy Them Quickly With New NetApp Storage Solution
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/27/12 -- Near the banks of the
Ohio River in the southwestern corner of Indiana, Evansville is a
growing county seat that serves as the regional hub for the tristate
area. The city's Computer Services division is thriving as well,
enhancing government operations, lowering costs, and leveraging
innovative technology solutions for 62 city and county offices
ranging from police departments to the Mesker Park Zoo.
Recently, the Computer Services division faced an impasse when its
storage infrastructure reached capacity and was unable to keep pace
with current demands -- and certainly not with projected growth.
Among other things, the Computer Services division needed a more
robust replication capability to elevate its disaster recovery plan,
and it needed more storage to enable a more efficient and resilient
client environment. The division searched for a new storage solution
that would allow it to centralize its entire storage environment to
improve IT management and efficiency.
The City of Evansville selected NetApp(R) V3240 open storage
controllers for its primary data center, replicating to FAS3210
storage systems in its disaster recovery site. The V3240 solution was
ideal for this cost-conscious and efficiency-minded department and
gave it access to NetApp's (NASDAQ: NTAP) robust operating system to
manage all of the storage seamlessly.
The IT team uses key components of the NetApp Integrated Data
Protection portfolio, including Snapshot(TM) software, which creates
instantaneous copies of even very large file systems, and
SnapMirror(R) technology, NetApp's flagship data replication
solution, to reduce risk of downtime and accelerate recovery. In the
past, the task of retrieving data from tape backups could occupy
staff for weeks, but, with this solution, local backups can be
recovered in minutes with decreased risk of data loss, since Snapshot
copies are produced several times daily.
SnapMirror enables staff to provide rapid recovery in the event of an
outage, helping safeguard Evansville's data and prevent outages that
could disrupt key services to residents. Because IT efficiency was
essential to meeting strict budgetary requirements, the IT staff
combined technologies from VMware and NetApp to increase disk
utilization, reducing storage requirements by 60% at both primary and
disaster recovery facilities.
All mission-critical applications, such as Microsoft Exchange Server
and Microsoft SharePoint Server, are virtualized on NetApp storage.
The staff can provision virtual servers in its production, Web, and
disaster recovery server farms in significantly less time on NetApp
storage. In the five years since launching its virtualization
project, the organization has reduced its 150 physical servers to 10
servers, lowering operating costs, reducing the physical footprint,
and lowering overall time spent on IT management.
The new NetApp storage environment allows the Computer Services
division to accommodate the growing data requirements of many busy
city and county departments. For example, the Evansville Water and
Sewer utility can more readily meet compliance mandates by providing
long-term archival of sewer-line videos. It also provides the needed
storage for areas of significant growth such as the Assessor's Office
GIS spectrometry images and the enterprise content management systems
that support Administrative Services.
With an agile, consolidated, highly efficient storage environment,
the City of Evansville is now going further, faster, maximizing its
storage investment and creating a more visionary enterprise.
-- John Staples, Site Manager, Mark Rolley Consulting, Inc., for the City
"We've freed up resources across the organization
previously tasked with the day-to-day management and maintenance of a
disparate IT infrastructure and standalone systems. By doing so, our
staff can function more as business leaders, and we can all provide
better services to our citizens, which is ultimately what we're here
"In the past decade I've witnessed steady data growth and eventually
an inability to scale the infrastructure to deliver all of the
services requested by the departments we serve. NetApp scalability is
a game changer. Today we don't have to tell our clients, 'No.'"
-- Regina Kunkle, Vice President of State and Local Government and Higher
Education (SLED), NetApp
"Local government agencies in today's IT
environment are met with constant challenges, particularly being
called on to do more with less. NetApp's storage solutions are the
first step in creating a network ecosystem where efficiency,
performance, scalability, and cost effectiveness are central demands.
We are dedicated to providing the City of Evansville with the best
platforms and solutions to fit its needs today and for generations to
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