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Enabling the Private Cloud with Centralized Storage

Northwestern University is an internationally recognized research institution with approximately 19,000 continuing studies, undergraduate and graduate students. Northwestern has three campuses, located in Evanston, IL, Chicago, IL and Doha, Qatar, respectively.

Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT) is a service arm of Northwestern University dedicated to advancing its competitiveness, influence, and reputation. NUIT deploys, supports, and administers the information technology and network infrastructure that facilitates the dynamic learning, teaching and research activities at Northwestern University.

Northwestern University wanted to create a private cloud infrastructure to centralize computing and storage resources while enabling its schools and departments to provision VMs from a service catalog. NUIT selected VMware vCloud Director to help meet the performance requirements for a private cloud infrastructure and build a pod-based scalable computing model and selected Tintri as its storage solution.

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