In response to unabated growth in the need for storage capacity and performance, LTS has developed a strategy to increase storage resources four-fold to one petabyte (equal to 1000 TBs) by the summer of 2015. This demand for data storage is fueled by the following trends:
We are currently in phase three of our four phase storage strategy:
Our storage strategy will improve service to campus in two ways: motivating users to use secure cloud solutions and vastly improving backend LTS storage operations. There is ample evidence on campus of increased use of insecure, personal external hard drives as well as use of non-university sanctioned cloud storage solutions like Dropbox. This has resulted in an increased risk of losing or corrupting critical campus data. From an operations perspective, LTS will continue to invest in Storage Area Network (known commonly as SAN) technologies in order to provide more flexibility, a better of idea of cost, quicker back-ups, a clearer sense of how people are using storage while also helping us standardize some of our current service practice.
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