American University of Kuwait Transforms IT Infrastructure with EMC

     American University of Kuwait Transforms IT Infrastructure with EMC

University Improves Storage Utilization by 400% and Performance by 50% at No
Additional Cost with EMC

PR Newswire

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 26, 2013

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC (NYSE: EMC)
today announced that the American University of Kuwait (AUK) has selected
EMC^® and VMware virtualization and cloud infrastructure technologies to
transform its IT infrastructure and help effectively manage its
mission-critical applications, including Microsoft Exchange 2010, Oracle,
Luminis Portal and LMS Moodle. AUK is using EMC VNX® unified storage with EMC
FAST Suite™ and VMware^® vSphere to better handle rapid business growth and
improve response time for IT requests from staff and students.

Customer Benefits:

  oIncreased Efficiency – AUK has improved storage utilization 400%,
    increasing available storage space from 6 TB to 24 TB, at zero additional
    cost with EMC VNX.
  oImproved Performance – VNX has enabled AUK to improve the performance of
    its Microsoft and Oracle mission-critical applications by 50%.
  oStreamlined Administration – Seamless  integration between Unisphere and
    VMware vSphere has allowed  AUK to simplify management, reducing time to
    deliver new IT resources to internal users by 66%.
  oRapid ROI – Increased efficiency and a cost savings of $35,000 will enable
    AUK to achieve a return on its investment in VNX in just 24 months.

Customer Challenges:

With increasing demands from students, faculty and staff for 24/7 access to
educational and administrative content, the American University of Kuwait
(AUK) planned to replace its previous storage environment for improved
performance of mission-critical applications. AUK needed a solution that could
provide the increased system performance, cost-savings and the flexibility
needed to meet the growing needs of its internal users as well as support its
ongoing virtualization strategy.

AUK selected EMC ^ VNX ^ unified storage for its tight integration with
VMware, as well as the performance and cost benefits of a FLASH 1^st strategy.
With VNX, AUK has achieved 400% greater storage utilization and 50% better
performance. Additionally, the better efficiency using VNX has enabled AUK to
save $35,000 on maintenance cost and will insure ROI in only 2 years.

Customer Quote:

Rusty Burns, Director of Information Technology, American University of Kuwait

"We selected EMC VNX because it provides us with the high level of efficiency,
scalability and performance required to meet the growing demands from our
students and staff. The tight integration between VNX and VMware allows us to
easily scale and create new virtual machines right from our server console in
one step. We can now see the entire environment and shared storage to
provision any changes."

"This increased flexibility and availability, along with simplified system
management, has enabled us to better service our students and provide them
continuous 24/7 access to the critical applications that they demand, such as
the learning management system or online curriculum."

"We expect to see a return on our investment in VNX ^ in just 24 months, and
look forward to achieving an ever-higher level of performance and availability
as we continue to virtualize our infrastructure."

EMC Quote:

Habib Mahakian, Regional Director, North Gulf, Levant & Pakistan Area, EMC

"AUK was looking for a best-of-breed solution that could increase storage
performance and support its ongoing virtualization program, while simplifying
the management of its mission-critical applications and improving its ability
to meet the growing needs of its internal users. With EMC VNX, AUK has been
able to successfully transform its IT infrastructure and achieve the increased
performance and scalability needed to meet current user demands, while
capturing the flexibility required to support anticipated growth."

Additional Resources:

  oLearn more about EMC ^ VNX ^ unified storage and EMC FAST Suite
  oRead about the American University of Kuwait
  oConnect with EMC via Twitter,Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and ECN

About EMC

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providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service.
Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative
products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping
IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset
– information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional
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