Approximately 3,500 students created projects working on the UNC Chapel Hill Media Lab network during the 2013 academic school year. The Media Lab is divided into two parts, with one section available 24 hours. A combination of 22 iMacs and 8 MacPro Towers running Adobe Creative Suite 6 support student projects.
With this level of traffic, Greg Klaiber, UNC Media Lab Manager says the school was primarily looking for superior system performance in a shared storage server, and that they were willing to spend a little more if the system would work better for the teachers and students.
The school was evaluating Isilon storage and a couple other systems (a variety of 10 GbE, copper and fiber options) when a ProMAX email landed in Klaiber’s inbox reminding him that ProMAX would be worth looking into. He recalled that UNC’s communications department already had a ProMAX solution in place.