Silicon Valley Museum Powers Next Generation Interactive Exhibits with
Imation’s Nexsan Storage Solution
Nexsan E-Series™ SAN delivers performance, reliability and capacity in a
virtualized storage environment for the Tech Museum of Innovation
OAKDALE, Minn. -- June 26, 2013
Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global tiered storage and data security company, today
announced that The Tech Museum of Innovation, an interactive technology and
science museum based in Silicon Valley, has deployed its Nexsan E-Series™
storage solution to help power its growing IT infrastructure. Nexsan’s high
density system is driving new levels of performance and reliability for the
museum and contributing to a more flexible IT infrastructure to support its
Located in downtown San Jose, The Tech encourages the development of
innovative new technologies. Hundreds of exhibits attract more than 400,000
visitors a year to explore genetics, space exploration, clean energy,
biotechnology and many other sciences and technologies.
The Tech’s use of interactive technology makes it a model for other museums
around the world, especially its Smart Museum infrastructure. Designed to
enable the ultimate visitor experience, the Smart Museum is a comprehensive,
flexible platform for monitoring and measuring visitor behavior and modifying
exhibit content to match the needs and preferences of visitors. It can support
many avenues for personalization, including games, interactive data displays,
tour recommendations, pre-visit learning materials, post-visit curricula,
visit summaries and online lessons. The Smart Museum extends the definitions
of exhibits and visits to span the website, the museum and Tech Labs,
providing critical links to connect all of The Tech’s properties into a
Robust server and storage platforms are key components
“Powering the Smart Museum system requires a mix of technologies; however,
robust server and storage platforms are key components,” said Charles Pearson,
systems analyst for the museum. “On peak days, 3,000 people might visit the
museum; sometimes as many as 1,000 at any one time. Many visitors are
accessing exhibit content and being fed new information every few seconds from
a data store, based on their location and preferences. This data represents
much of the core of the visitor experience and it needs to be stored reliably
and accessed easily.”
The Tech embarked on a long-term plan to upgrade the underlying IT
infrastructure and renew the exhibits that leverage the Smart Museum system to
create more engaging and compelling experiences. Solution provider Peak IP
Solutions recommended the Nexsan E-Series SAN storage solution, which offers
industry-leading efficiencies at very low cost-per-terabyte and can be
tailored to fit traditional, virtual or cloud environments. The Nexsan
E-Series delivers up to three-times the capacity in the same space as a
typical array, while consuming up to 85 percent less power and cooling when
idle. In addition, the Nexsan system’s highly reliable architecture and
easy-to-use functionality simplify deployment and management for The Tech.
The Nexsan E-Series’ support of VMware environments was an important
consideration for the museum. In addition to upgrading its storage
infrastructure, the museum upgraded its servers and networking, which included
deploying VMware to consolidate 20 servers to four – all running on the Nexsan
“We’re very excited to be a part of this next generation exhibit. The Tech
needs a scalable storage solution they can count on to grow with its Smart
Museum concept as it expands to more exhibits and visitors,” said Mike Stolz,
vice president of marketing for Imation’s Nexsan storage solutions. “The
Nexsan E-Series provides the reliability, capacity and flexibility required to
support the different physical and virtual environments it depends on to run
There are more than 11,000 customers of Nexsan solutions worldwide and more
than 33,000 systems deployed since 1999. Nexsan data storage systems are
delivered through a worldwide network of cloud service providers, value-added
resellers and solution integrators. For more information on Nexsan storage
systems, visit www.nexsan.com.
About Imation Corp.
Imation (NYSE: IMN) is a global scalable storage and data security company.
The Company's portfolio includes tiered storage and security offerings for
business, and products designed to manage audio and video information in the
home. Imation reaches customers in more than 100 countries through a powerful
global distribution network and well recognized brands. Additional information
about Imation is available at www.imation.com.
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