Sheffield Hallam University is improving its data storage systems and saving energy with new storage area network systems.

The university is using Dell Compellent Fluid Data systems to automatically sort, classify and store information in the right place.

As a result Sheffield Hallam has doubled its storage capacity and is providing 35,000 students and faculty with faster, secure access to relevant data information.

With Dell Compellent SANs (storage area networks) in Hallam's two datacentres, data is moved intelligently between solid state, fibre channel and SATA drives. Fluid Data is also helping the university meet its environmental goals, reducing campus energy use and the university’s carbon footprint.

Each of the Dell Compellent SANs is reported as delivering twice the previous capacity at faster operational speeds, but consuming the same amount of power as the legacy SANs. The university has also reduced its hardware footprint by more than 60 percent.

Dave Thornley, head of networks infrastructure at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “The amount of flexibility we get from the Dell Compellent architecture in terms of administration and management is phenomenal.  It’s very, very simple to use.”  

In 2008, Sheffield Hallam also reported that it had reduced its hardware footprint significantly with the use of server virtualisation.