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University of Washington Selects ULTRASTOR® for SAN Backup

The Pacific Northwest's Only Aeronautics and Astronautics Department  Relies on ULTRASTOR For File Backup and Shared Storage Requirements



Situated near the hub of the world's largest aerospace company, Boeing, University of Washington's (UW) Aeronautics & Astronautics program is one of the leading programs in the United States, which trains and prepares new graduates to enter the aerospace industry. 


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The Challenge

UW Aeronautics & Astronautics was looking for a storage system to expand its file storage capacity on their existing 2GB/s fibre-channel storage area network (SAN). Their primary goal was the expansion of disk-to-disk backup capacity to 14TB while maintaining the option for future expansion of general purpose Windows SMB/CIF file storage as a secondary goal.


The Solution

After thorough research, Brian Leverson, the Senior Computer Specialist of UW Aeronautics & Astronautics, found Enhance Technology's ULTRASTOR RS16FS Fibre Channel storage to be the perfect solution, which balanced their requirement for high performance at an affordable cost and fit the College of Engineering's existing infrastructure and limited IT budget.


The ULTRASTOR RS16FS was installed and configured on RAID LUN's within minutes", Mr. Leverson noted. "The rack installation was straightforward, and the rails are strong enough to support the fully populated chassis. Configuring a RAID 6 array and associated LUN's with the web-based tool was pretty much self explanatory. After the LUN's were attached, they were immediately recognized by the Apple 10.5 (Leopard) OS X Server as local SCSI volumes and behaved as expected," added Leverson.


System performance has been consistently measured at write throughputs of 180MB/s when the RS16 FS is connected via a single FC port to their existing 2GB/s FC SAN. "The results are beyond our expectation, especially compared to their old systems" noted Leverson. "We are eager to see the results when connecting to a 4G fabric."

The ULTRASTOR RS16FS has 4GB/s fibre-channel (FC) ports, one of which is connected to an existing 2GB/s Qlogic SANbox 5200 FC switch stack. The other one is connected to a LSI 7404 HBA on a Windows server. The backup host system is an Apple Intel OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Server, using Bakbone NetVault backup software.



"We have had no need to consult with Enhance Technology for technical support, installation was straightforward and management is simple."

Brian Leverson Senior Computer Specialist, University of Washington



Performance, Reliability and Features

With two 4Gb SFP Fibre ports, the RS16FS provides increased reliability and functionality critical to a company's IT infrastructure. ULTRASTOR RS16FS includes a cutting edge 64-bit RAID architecture which maximizes disk throughput potential. Making the system an ideal solution for professional storage applications such as high-speed disk-to-disk backup, image processing, near-line storage, data center, database server, media & asset management library and shared SAN network. Dynamic on-line RAID expansion allows additional capacity to be added without total system downtime, increasing your department's productivity.



"Our ULTRASTOR RS16 has been running for several months without a single glitch", thanks to Enhance Technology in providing excellent support including several Apple OS X Server installations."

Brian Leverson Senior Computer Specialist, University of Washington



About the University of Washington Aeronautics & Astronautics Department
The University of Washington's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers the only aerospace degree program in the Pacific Northwest, a region whose aerospace industry has been a major contributor to the technological development, economic vitality and the security of the United States. The Aeronautics & Astronautics Department has 18 faculty and 250 students. To learn more about the Pacific Northwest's only Aeronautics & Astronautics department,  visit


About Enhance Technology, Inc.
Founded in 1997, Enhance Technology, Inc. is a recognized technology leader bringing high-quality storage products and solutions to the global IT marketplace. Enhance Technology offers a diverse range of Primary and Nearline storage solutions for virtualization, records compliance, database, cloud services providers, medical imaging, disk-based backup, geophysical/geographical imaging and digital media production applications. To learn more about Enhance Technology, please visit


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