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Trinity College Gets a Disaster Recovery Solution: Case Study

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Trinity College Gets a Disaster Recovery Solution: Case Study

Business need
The School of Computer Science and Statistics wanted to develop a disaster recovery solution to protect its data, and deliver servers to support researchers and projects.

Solution
It built a solution based on Dell EqualLogic* storage and created a flexible, scalable environment with virtualized Dell PowerEdge* servers. The school chose Dell Support Services* to maximize performance.

The School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin is recognized internationally for the quality of its research and teaching. Today, its areas of specialty include distributed computing, graphics and vision, knowledge and data engineering, software systems, information systems and statistics. The school also plays an important role in the development of Ireland as a knowledge economy, with its postgraduate students often taking leading positions in industry.

As research work increased, the school’s IT infrastructure expanded to deliver more capacity to teaching laboratories and provide storage for more than 17.5 million files. This led to a number of challenges, specifically the need for a well-developed disaster recovery (DR) plan to enable work to continue in an emergency. Gerry O’Brien, Systems Manager at the School of Computer Science and Statistics, says: “We saw that if we suffered a major infrastructure failure, it could take up to a week to recover the data, which wasn’t acceptable.” The IT team also wanted to make administration more efficient and give researchers better support. “Our goals included virtualizing the infrastructure, so we could launch new servers for researchers much more quickly and at lower cost,” says O’Brien.

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