How One Fast-Growing University Tamed the Digital Dragon

ASU colocation

Today’s organizations recognize that they need to balance their limited resources with their highest value organizational data. Enterprise data centers are the primary repositories for these critical information assets, organizational data or the personally identifiable information of customers or patients.

Take Arizona State University, for example. ASU grew 43 percent over the last ten years to become one of the largest public universities in the country with more than 83,000 students across four campuses. Expanding and securing access to students in Arizona and around the world and supporting ASU’s world-class research mission are critical to ASU.

As the university grew, its IT infrastructure grew along with it—to five data centers. But none of them could capably support a world-class university like ASU.

The university faced a renovate-or-buy decision. They could renovate their aging data centers, but they soon realized that they couldn’t afford to maintain or secure them over the long term. They also realized that they couldn’t keep up with the growth in services demanded by a growing and increasingly tech-reliant campus body.

So ASU set out to find a provider who could deliver higher quality data center for less cost.

They found their partner just four miles away, making it seem as if their new data center was right on campus. “…the support, dependability, reliability, and security that IO delivers is far better than we could ever have afforded ourselves,” said ASU’s CIO.

Learn more about how ASU overcame their challenges and how IO delivers data center security better than the status quo by reading “Data Center Security in an Insecure World: How Outsourcing Supports an Overall Risk Mitigation Strategy.”Download now

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