As a Texas native with a college kid, I’ve spent a lot of time in Lubbock, TX over the past few years. Lubbock is nicknamed the hub city and it serves as the economic, education, and health care hub of the Texas Panhandle.
When you think of Lubbock, oil wells, windmills, and cattle might come to mind, along with extreme weather and haboobs—intense dust storms that often are red. Everyone in Lubbock is a fan of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and has the hand symbol down pat for “Guns Up,” the rallying cry for football games and all other athletic events. The city revolves around Texas Tech University (Texas Tech), which has the 6th largest student population of Texas Universities. What those in the city often don’t see are the IT challenges being overcome by Texas Tech University Systems, the IT Department at Texas Tech, to stay at the forefront of education, research and innovation.
Technology Operations and Systems Management (TOSM) at Texas Tech serves more than 50,000 end users distributed in 200 departments. Students, researchers, professors and others share the same infrastructure and the use cases are numerous—ranging from small (0.5 TB) repositories for departmental file shares to rich media archives larger than 60TB.
Because of various requirements and budget constraints, the TOSM team struggled with a complex infrastructure that led to a good compromise of the TCA (Total Cost of Acquisition) but required considerable effort in data and system management. They went searching for a solution and found Caringo Swarm.
Of course, they didn’t have to go too far as Caringo is a company born out of the Austin, TX tech scene and headquarters along the scenic Capital of Texas Highway.
Texas Tech has implemented Caringo Swarm’s scale-out object storage infrastructure to replace its primary file storage environment to gain scalability, improve TCO and prepare for future applications and services for its end users. By migrating its primary storage environment to Caringo Swarm, Texas Tech was able to achieve the best total cost of acquisition while greatly improving the overall storage total cost of ownership and making the infrastructure future ready.
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And if you drive through Lubbock, make sure to tour the campus, visit the Buddy Holly museum, and eat some steak at The Double Nickle!