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University Stores the Equivalent of 100 Years of HD Video Content in the Nirvanix Enterprise-Grade Cloud
SAN DIEGO , Nov. 15, 2011 –/PRNewswire/– Nirvanix today announced that the University of Southern California ( USC ) will deploy over 8 petabytes of unstructured data on a Nirvanix Private Cloud Storage solution. The Private Cloud will be fully managed as a service by Nirvanix and will include digital content from multiple USC entities, including the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Digital Repository, a division of the USC Libraries.
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“This is essentially the rise of IT consumers creating externally facing value and emerging as IT providers—a trend that began with the early days of the Internet and is now reaching critical mass,” said David Vellante , President of IT think tank Wikibon.org. “Across virtually all industries, what customers do with IT is becoming more valuable than what suppliers create at the factory—something you simply did not see with prior generations of technology.”
“In the current macroeconomic environment, the combination of hypergrowth in digital content and the need for greater return on investment at all academic institutions is driving the need for a new generation of IT solutions,” said Sam Gustman , CTO for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and Associate Dean of the USC Libraries. “We shifted to the cloud because it provides USC with a geographically diverse and cost-effective way of storing, preserving and distributing our content on a truly global scale.”
Deployed within USC ‘s central data center, the Nirvanix Private Cloud Storage solution will enable the university and its clients to upload digital content from any location and ensure that it is available anywhere around the world by virtue of Nirvanix’s Cloud File System™ software. Additionally, any changes made to files stored in the Nirvanix Private Cloud will be immediately reflected across the whole cloud, ensuring that multiple users collaborating and accessing the same file always have the latest version. This level of data consistency is critical for such a massive amount of unstructured data and is not available from any other cloud storage service or storage system vendor.
“How many conventional storage devices can even handle eight Petabytes distributed around the world?” said Paul Froutan , former head of Google data center operations and current Nirvanix CTO. “The answer: none. This is why companies are shifting to the consumption economics and business flexibility inherent in cloud storage services. There are no physical limitations when you have access to a nearly limitless pool of virtual resources. The age of big iron monoliths is being replaced by more agile, adaptable clouds with far greater levels of flexibility and scalability.”
“This strategic IT shift is a precursor of things to come from institutions and enterprises as they look for new, more flexible ways to store massive amounts of unstructured content,” said Scott Genereux , President and CEO of Nirvanix. “The selection of Nirvanix for this large-scale storage implementation continues our significant momentum as the leader in enterprise cloud storage and demonstrates further market share gains.”
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