Grand Canyon University Achieves Scale and Comprehensive IT Management With SolarWinds

Grand Canyon University Achieves Scale and Comprehensive IT Management With 
GCU's IT Team Manages Need for Greater Network and Systems
Performance and Availability Driven by New Online University
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 06/25/13 --  SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a
leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software,
announced today that its suite of IT management products enabled the
IT team at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, to scale and
manage its ever-expanding infrastructure at less than half the cost
of their former Big Four solution. Read the full case study. 
Joel Garnick is a network manager for Grand Canyon University's IT
department who, in recent years, has witnessed "explosive" network
growth that required more sophisticated management. The university's
infrastructure expanded from 50 devices and three racks of servers to
approximately 300 devices, 1,200 servers, large virtualization farms
and two data centers. With their previous product, Garnick said his
IT team spent too much time trying to do what should have been simple
activities and searching for buried solutions, and they didn't feel
they were getting appropriate value for the cost. They also sought a
product that wouldn't require an entire dedicated team to deploy and
Spurred by new initiatives like online classrooms and robust online
services, the university IT team needed comprehensive and
sophisticated monitoring and management capabilities that would scale
to the expanded infrastructure requirements. Garnick and his team
found their solution in SolarWinds, characterizing it as
straightforward, flexible and cost effective. 
"I had trialed SolarWinds a couple of times and knew that it would
meet our needs. I was originally looking at SolarWinds Network
Performance Monitor (NPM) and SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
(SAM), but when we started planning, we decided to add as much
functionality as possible, so we added several products," Garnick
said. "And it all came in at half the cost just to renew the
maintenance with the Big Four vendor. So it was a no-brainer."  
Garnick said that interacting with the Big Four solution could be a
challenge and that SolarWinds has made life better for the people who
ract with the systems on a regular basis. Now, the Grand Canyon
University IT team has expanded its environment with unlimited
SolarWinds NPM, unlimited SolarWinds SAM, SolarWinds Network
Configuration Manager, SolarWinds VoIP & Network Quality Manager,
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer, SolarWinds Storage Manager, and
SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor. 
Garnick also praised the cadence of product releases and robustness
of the features that SolarWinds offers. 
"The core features that you get for the price are pretty unbeatable." 
Read the full case study. 
IT Management for Organizations of all Sizes and Complexity 
SolarWinds' award-winning IT management suite of solutions offers IT
pros a comprehensive and easy-to-understand view of their
infrastructure's performance from a single pane of glass. From
network to application and server to SIEM and storage and
virtualization, IT pros can deploy SolarWinds' products to build a
robust and scalable IT management system that fits their evolving
When a customer downloads and purchases a SolarWinds product, they're
not just getting the powerful and easy-to-use features that are ready
to go out-of-the-box, they're also getting support, troubleshooting
tips from company experts, and valuable tools and resources shared by
experienced peers on thwack, SolarWinds' online IT pro community. 
About SolarWinds
 SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and
affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune
500 enterprises to small businesses. In all of our market areas, our
approach is consistent. We focus exclusively on IT Pros and strive to
eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from
traditional enterprise software vendors. SolarWinds delivers on this
commitment with unexpected simplicity through products that are easy
to find, buy, use and maintain while providing the power to address
any IT management problem on any scale. Our solutions are rooted in
our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our online
community, thwack, to solve problems, share technology and best
practices, and directly participate in our product development
process. Learn more today at 
SolarWinds, and thwack are registered trademarks of
SolarWinds. All other company and product names mentioned are used
only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies. 
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