Independent Colleges of Indiana Selects Nirvanix for Storage-as-a-Service for 31 Private Higher Education Institutions
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Nirvanix, the leader in enterprise-class cloud storage services, today announced that Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) has selected the Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network(TM) as a secure and cost-effective backup solution for its 31 member institutions. One of ICI’s functions is to provide economies of scale in purchasing services that can be shared across its members. As such, ICI fully tested the Nirvanix cloud storage solution and contracted with Nirvanix to provide cloud-based backup services. Consortium members will begin leveraging the Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network using their existing backup applications. ICI expects Nirvanix cloud storage usage to reach hundreds of terabytes within the next 12 months.
“As the cost of higher education continues to rise, it’s clear that these institutions need to cut costs in areas that are not directly related to serving students. IT infrastructure is one of those areas and the cloud model provides an ideal solution. ICI and its member institutions are on the leading edge among higher education institutions in the paradigm change to harnessing the power and economics of the cloud,” said Dru Borden, Chief Strategy Officer, Nirvanix. “This is a trend that we expect all higher education institutions to follow thanks to the multitude of business and technology benefits that it’s proven to deliver.”
“ICI is bringing a fully tested cloud-based backup solution from Nirvanix to 31 colleges and universities in Indiana, right-sized for our member institutions in terms of the numbers of copies, gateway device configuration and uptime levels required,” said Robert D. Hodge, Executive Director of Collaborative Services, Independent Colleges of Indiana. “With the Nirvanix solution we can leverage our existing backup applications, policies and procedures, and encrypt data at our site before sending it to the cloud, minimizing our privacy and confidentiality concerns. In addition, the Nirvanix solution gives our member institutions the key cloud economics benefit: predictive budget control while the marketplace and industry change.”
Nirvanix cloud storage services are essentially a URL with a byte stream payload that is immediately consistent and globally replicated based on policy with infinite elasticity.
With Nirvanix’s battle-hardened, second-generation STaaS, ICI member institutions take advantage of cloud storage services designed from the ground up for five nines of data availability with built-in self-healing software for continuous data integrity. Nirvanix’s secure, highly granular multi-tenancy capabilities enable ICI member institutions to create subaccounts with their own usernames and passwords, and provide clear direction on where in the Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network(TM) the data is to reside.
“ICI presents a model for higher education institutions to follow,” said Scott Genereux, President and CEO of Nirvanix. “The consortium’s adoption of cloud technology as a shared service across 31 colleges and universities provides unlimited and secure backup plus savings from economies of scale.”
Nirvanix cloud storage services protect and secure data moving out of campus, ensuring that all files stored in the cloud are obscurificated as Nirvanix software de-identifies each physical file, removing the file name, owner and type. Combined with military-grade, multi-level security at the user, data storage and physical data center levels, Nirvanix provides secure backup and access for all ICI member institutions.
About Independent Colleges of Indiana
Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) is a nonprofit association that represents the state’s 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI member institutions enroll some 90,000 students (approximately 20 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 35 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana. For more information: www.icindiana.org.
Nirvanix is the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud storage services designed specifically for customers with expectations of extreme security, reliability and redundancy. Under its CloudComplete(TM) portfolio, Nirvanix is the only company that offers fully managed public, hybrid and private cloud storage services with usage-based pricing. The company’s battle-hardened, proven second generation technology is utilized by leading IT OEMs and is fully integrated with third-party backup and archiving software products and appliances, enabling One Click to the Cloud(TM). Nirvanix has global customers accessing its Cloud Storage Network(TM), from SMBs to Fortune 500 companies.
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