UNC Charlotte Data Center Prepares For Growth

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Cisco Trusted Partner for New Data Center SAN Deployment and Application Delivery .

Part of the University of North Carolina system, UNC Charlotte enrolls more than 22,300 students and employs 900 full-time faculty. The university expects to increase enrollment by 10,000 students and to add 150 faculty members by 2015.

“We had outgrown the previous data center’s electrical, cooling, floor space, and data storage capacity, To support more user services and more data, we need a service-oriented data center design that provides network, power, and storage to applications as needed. Cisco provides outstanding data center design and deployment services. Our Cisco data center consultant has become part of the team, conducting a couple of half-day sessions monthly. We regard him as a trusted advisor for all aspects of data center design, not just the Cisco solutions.”

To prepare for growth, the UNC Charlotte information technology group is building a more scalable, resilient data center. The university will use its existing 25 year-old data center as a disaster recovery site and for asynchronous replication of data storage frames, high-availability elements of the Microsoft Exchange and the enterprise resource planning (ERP) application cluster, and services development and testing.

prod_small_photo The university has selected the Cisco MDS 9513 Multilayer Director to deploy highly secure and scalable SANs at both locations, as well as the Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) Modules in the Cisco Catalyst ® 6500 Series to enable application delivery and Web portal management for students and faculty.

Migration of the production applications to the new facility will take advantage of the service-oriented design of the new data center. Service orientation allows the network and the applications that it supports to work together. The primary goals are to increase the performance, availability, scalability, and manageability of enterprise applications in the data center, while simultaneously providing a highly secure environment.

In addition, these designs reduce the complexity and implementation time of enterprise applications in the data center, using virtualization technologies and network design best practices. The solution is targeted to provide the advantages of high availability, combined with an enhanced level of recoverability within the campus in a sustainable and cost-effective manner.