The Business Challenge
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is on its way to becoming
a top-tier public institution in research, education and community impact.
By 2025, UNLV will join the ranks of Clemson, The Ohio State University,
Purdue and Rutgers.
Top-tier universities make substantial economic contributions to the nation.
Since 1980, they’ve helped launch more than 5,000 startup companies,
according to the Association of University Technology Managers, and their
patents have helped create 4 million jobs.
For UNLV, becoming a top-tier institution means fostering a creative and
innovative environment for faculty and students to conduct research and
make discoveries. To define its journey, UNLV developed a comprehensive,
“Data is the driving force at all universities,” said John Nicpon, manager of
systems engineering at UNLV. “Data fuels digital capabilities everywhere on
campus. Our data must be available nonstop in order to achieve top-tier status.”
Ensuring nonstop data availability was UNLV’s challenge. Four IT solutions
had been deployed, but none delivered continuous availability. Recovery was
unreliable. Data was at risk.
“Data loss would be devastating,” Nicpon said. “It could set researchers back
a decade or more, causing them to lose funding. It could prevent students from
submitting papers and graduating on time. It could even be life-threatening.”
UNLV operates a medical clinic and a pharmacy. Data losS could interfere
with patient treatment and prescriptions. It could also lead to a breach in
HIPAA compliance, resulting in fines. Maintaining compliance with state and
federal laws can be challenging for universities.
“Compliance is a big part of data protection,” Nicpon said. “We were spending
too much time and money on IT solutions that didn’t deliver on either.”
Nicpon and his colleagues meet the computing needs of more than 45,000
students, faculty and staff.
“UNLV is like a small city,” he said. “We needed to step up our game.”
The Veeam Solution
Veeam® supports UNLV on its journey to becoming a top-tier research
university by delivering nonstop data protection and continuous availability
at massive scale.
“Veeam helps us create an academic environment where faculty and students
can make cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs,” Nicpon said. “Veeam is
the ace in our pocket for intelligent data management.”
Continuous data availability is the precursor to intelligent data management —
another journey UNLV is undertaking. Data moves to a new state of intelligence,
automatically anticipating needs to meet digital demands.
“Veeam is a game-changer for us,” Nicpon said. “This is the first time we’ve
been able to standardize and simplify data management. We’ve reached
a level of flexibility we’ve never had before, and we can respond to the needs
of the university faster than ever.”
When a genomic researcher approached UNLV about sequencing petabytes
of public- domain DNA for Alzheimer’s research, the university designed
a strategy to provide computing power, store the immense amount of data
and keep it available.
“Veeam can make any workload available — scalability is never an issue,”
said Glenn Jett, systems administrator and team lead at UNLV. “Regulatory
compliance isn’t an issue either. Veeam has built-in, end-to-end encryption.
There’s never been a compliance requirement that Veeam couldn’t fulfill.”
Veeam is also agnostic, integrating with all storage solutions. When UNLV
transitioned to Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) 3PAR StoreServ and
StoreOnce, Veeam didn’t miss a beat.
“Veeam served as the bridge between our old storage and new, making
the transition really easy,” Jett said. “Recovery time objectives and recovery
point objectives are easier to meet because Veeam and HPE are tightly
integrated. We couldn’t guarantee recovery before Veeam and HPE.”
What astonished UNLV most was Veeam’s price tag.
“Veeam is bursting with features, yet the overall cost was similar to the renewal
cost — just the renewal cost — of one of the previous solutions,” Nicpon said.
“When you combine what we saved by eliminating those solutions with
the management hours we save, the total is roughly $200,000 per year.
Veeam has been a huge win for us.”
- Supports trailblazing research and groundbreaking discoveries
Soon UNLV will be recognized as a top-tier public university, renowned for
promoting research, scholarship and community impact. Veeam is doing its
part by delivering nonstop data protection for faculty and students.
- Provides scalability to ensure any size workload is available nonstop
“Data grows exponentially in the academic world,” Jett said. “Veeam
protects any size workload, giving us the scalability and flexibility to
meet the needs of everyone on campus.”
- Satisfies every compliance requirement and saves $200,000 annually
a top-tier university, IT must function as a strategic partner and not as a cost
center,” Nicpon said