New computer hardware and storage array enhances campus information technology

IT Services is making upgrades to the UA Little Rock Data Center in order to accommodate the growing needs of the campus. The data center utilizes the latest in composable Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructure to maintain agility and meet business demands. This modular design of the data center separates our computational power from our data storage which allows greater flexibility to manage and leverage our physical resources. We have recently made upgrades to both the computational power and data storage components.

What is a SAN?

Random printed numbers on white paper representing data encryption.Storage Area Network (SAN) is a technology which allows data storage inside the network. Our new storage array offers increased capacity and utilizes a solid-state cache over traditional hard drives in a hybrid design.

All the files and applications are stored locally inside the drives so that data transfer takes place between servers and storage devices. This improvement effectively increases data access and offers an advantage over our previous storage appliance. We have also added new chassis and servers to our cluster of processing resources. This additional hardware has increased our ability to run and deploy services, process faster backups, improve scalability, and expand data security.

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