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City University London selects NetApp and Phoenix IT to strengthen growth plans

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announces that City University London has selected NetApp and its Platinum Partner Phoenix, to provide new storage infrastructure. This is part of the university’s plan to support its increasing volume of research and strengthen its position as a global British university.

City is working towards a two-year plan to improve further the quality of IT infrastructure storage enabling services to its users on and off campus, providing a secure and scalable IT infrastructure.

It is also part of a move for City to progress up the international university league tables. By having a solid and modern infrastructure in place, the university will improve its data management and storage, enabling growth and scalability.

The team at City replaced its legacy system with the NetApp FAS8040 enterprise storage system, running the NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP and Phoenix storage-as-a-service platform. The new system will run across two City sites, using NetApp SnapMirror technology to provide site replication.

Russell Best, Infrastructure Operations Manager at City University London, said: “We now have high-performance virtual tiered storage for our server virtualisation platform, allowing us to meet future storage demands easily with predictable costs. This will help remove often unexpected, large expenditures for future storage upgrades. We are in a much more competitive position, and the NetApp platform in conjunction with Phoenix storage-as-a-service platform will help strengthen our position as a leading university and drive our growth plans forward.”

Elliot Howard, UK & Ireland Country Manager for NetApp said: “NetApp FAS8040 enterprise storage system is helping City University London to increase the volume of research it carries out. Data storage is often a major pain point for educational establishments, but implementing a secure and scalable IT infrastructure can avoid the loss of important information and ensure future scalability as operations grow.”

Scott Auld, Higher Education Manager of Phoenix, said “Education institutions are facing major challenges providing a more interactive student experience and with rapid changes in technology institutions are struggling to keep up. As one of the leading international universities, City University London requires a provider that can help strengthen its infrastructure and support its plans for business growth. Phoenix storage-as-a-service platform enables City to develop and enhance its IT infrastructure services in a secure and cost efficient way.”

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About City University London
City University London is a global University committed to academic excellence, with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location. It is in the top five per cent of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, well above the sector average for graduate prospects in most of its subjects and in the top ten in the UK for starting salaries. City will join the University of London federation in August 2016.

The University attracts around 19,500 students (35% at postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and academic staff from over 50 countries. Its academic range is broadly-based with world leading strengths in business; law; health sciences; mathematics; computer science; engineering; social sciences; and the arts including journalism and music. The University’s history dates from 1894, with the foundation of the Northampton Institute on what is now the main part of City’s campus. In 1966, City was granted University status by Royal Charter and the Lord Mayor of London became its Chancellor. Professor Paul Curran has been Vice-Chancellor and President of City University London since 2010.

About NetApp
Leading organisations worldwide count on NetApp for software, systems and services to manage and store their data. Customers value our teamwork, expertise and passion for helping them succeed now and into the future. To learn more visit

About Phoenix
Phoenix IT, part of the Daisy Group, is one of the UK’s leading providers of hosting, Cloud, business continuity and managed IT services, helping businesses to innovate and grow while cutting costs and risk. It is a complete end to end services provider and Phoenix delivers services to over 3,600 organisations in the UK across a number of sectors.

Established in 1979, Phoenix has a turnover of £212m and employs around 2,300 people. For more information, please see:

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