University of British Columbia Benefits from NetApp and VMware Based Private Cloud



Founded in 1908, The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a public research university in British Columbia, Canada, with over 50,000 students and more than 13,000 faculty and staff. UBC is one of the largest universities in Canada and among the top research universities in the world.


For many years indi­vidual departments and faculties hosted their own applications and infrastructure. But as the university’s enrollment and data grew these silos became a source of management inefficiency. UBC decided to provide a centralized IT storage service across the university and deliver services through a private cloud, with the goal of bringing all departments and faculties into the new system by mid-2015.


The university began by consolidating islands of storage onto NetApp stor­age systems and virtualizing application servers and Oracle database servers.  In addition, NetApp professional service optimized the storage envi­ronment and helped enable a smooth transition from NetApp 7-Mode to clustered Data ONTAP 8.2. “The transition from NetApp Data ONTAP 7-Mode to clustered Data ONTAP has been largely seamless. We’ve moved 3PB over already, and most workloads required only minutes of downtime to migrate from 7-Mode. NetApp has been instrumental during our transition—they make sure we get the support that we need.” Mario Angers, Manager of Systems


Why NetApp and clustered Data ONTAP:


“NetApp was the only storage vendor that could satisfy all of our requirements, including multiprotocol support and the ability to use NFS with VMware, within the university’s budget.” Chris Krusch, Systems Architect


“There are no barriers to expansion with NetApp clustered Data ONTAP and VMware.  We can scale for capacity, and we can scale for per­formance—and do both cost effectively.”

 Mario Angers, Manager of Systems


“We’re meeting our performance requirements with NetApp clustered Data ONTAP, and we’re doing so with 60% less storage hardware.” Brent Dunington, Systems Architect


 “It’s what we needed to take our private cloud to the next level.” Brent Dunington, Systems Architect


“We’re giving departments and faculties a much more cost-effective option with our NetApp and VMware–based private cloud.” Mario Angers, Manager of Systems


Mike McNamara