Overland Storage, Inc., a provider of data management and data protection services for backup and recovery systems around the world, announced recently that it has collaborated with United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, the fourth largest United Way branch in the US, to deploy the Overland SnapSAN S2000 in order to support nine remote offices and 600+ users.
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta was in need of an easy-to-manage and more cost efficient virtualization solution that could operate within multiple Windows environments seamlessly and run various campaigns, projects, and programs concurrently.
“Since we’re a nonprofit, the money we raise needs to go back to the causes we support. Our IT budget is watched closely — the focus is always on making the most out of our operating dollars so that we can maximize those resources for community outreach,” said Orinzal Williams, executive director of IT for United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. “We chose to deploy the SnapSAN S2000 because it offers similar features that high-end SAN solutions have without the complexity, giving us more bang for our buck. Because we have a small IT staff, we needed a solution that was simple to set up and manage. With the SnapSAN S2000, we were literally up and running within an hour and a half from the time we got the solution out of the box.”
Williams redistributed the Overland SnapSAN S2000 as a part of the organization’s new storage virtualization strategy. By appropriating the SnapSAN S2000 to manage the organization’s product environment, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta was able to streamline its data management operations and increase the information infrastructure performance without any additional training, resources, or costs. The S2000, which is optimized for multiple virtualized server environments, allows for hundreds of employees to share and store data across nine offices located in the Atlanta region.
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta is currently using the SnapSAN S2000 to store approximately 20 terabytes of shared data (with the ability to expand up to 192 terabytes) with 85 percent of it being virtualized. With the improvement of resource utilization and efficiency with the newer virtualization strategy, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta is reducing costs by lessening the need for physical assets, which include server floor space and power. The organization’s new virtualization strategy has also allowed it to distribute applications much faster and has helped increase productivity.
“With automated capacity expansion, simple storage management features, disaster recovery features as well as maximized application uptime, the SnapSAN S2000 is an ideal cost-effective virtualization solution for nonprofit organizations with a limited IT staff and budget, such as United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta,” said Joe Disher, product solutions manager for Overland Storage. “Built from the ground up for virtualized server environments, with the ability to be easily deployed within existing environments for instant scalability and reliability, the SnapSAN S2000 is a truly effortless data solution for businesses of any size.”
In March of 2011, the organization named its finalist for SNW Spring’s Best Practices Award in the category for Virtualization and Cloud Computing for the utilization of their virtualization strategy with the SnapSAN S2000.
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta brings benefit to the Atlanta region in four main areas: educations, income, health, and ending homelessness. The nonprofit organization partners with more than 200 community partners for impact in more than 350 programs in metro Atlanta.