Silicon Valley Museum Powers Next Generation Interactive Exhibits with Imation's Nexsan Storage Solu


Silicon Valley Museum Powers Next Generation Interactive Exhibits with Imation's Nexsan Storage Solution

Nexsan E-Series™ SAN delivers performance, reliability and capacity in a virtualized storage environment for the Tech Museum of Innovation

OAKDALE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Imation (NYS: IMN) , a global tiered storage and data security company, today announced that The Tech Museum of Innovation, an interactive technology and science museum based in Silicon Valley, has deployed its Nexsan E-Series™ storage solution to help power its growing IT infrastructure. Nexsan's high density system is driving new levels of performance and reliability for the museum and contributing to a more flexible IT infrastructure to support its growth.

Located in downtown San Jose, The Tech encourages the development of innovative new technologies. Hundreds of exhibits attract more than 400,000 visitors a year to explore genetics, space exploration, clean energy, biotechnology and many other sciences and technologies.

The Tech's use of interactive technology makes it a model for other museums around the world, especially its Smart Museum infrastructure. Designed to enable the ultimate visitor experience, the Smart Museum is a comprehensive, flexible platform for monitoring and measuring visitor behavior and modifying exhibit content to match the needs and preferences of visitors. It can support many avenues for personalization, including games, interactive data displays, tour recommendations, pre-visit learning materials, post-visit curricula, visit summaries and online lessons. The Smart Museum extends the definitions of exhibits and visits to span the website, the museum and Tech Labs, providing critical links to connect all of The Tech's properties into a cohesive experience.

Robust server and storage platforms are key components

"Powering the Smart Museum system requires a mix of technologies; however, robust server and storage platforms are key components," said Charles Pearson, systems analyst for the museum. "On peak days, 3,000 people might visit the museum; sometimes as many as 1,000 at any one time. Many visitors are accessing exhibit content and being fed new information every few seconds from a data store, based on their location and preferences. This data represents much of the core of the visitor experience and it needs to be stored reliably and accessed easily."

The Tech embarked on a long-term plan to upgrade the underlying IT infrastructure and renew the exhibits that leverage the Smart Museum system to create more engaging and compelling experiences. Solution provider Peak IP Solutions recommended the Nexsan E-Series SAN storage solution, which offers industry-leading efficiencies at very low cost-per-terabyte and can be tailored to fit traditional, virtual or cloud environments. The Nexsan E-Series delivers up to three-times the capacity in the same space as a typical array, while consuming up to 85 percent less power and cooling when idle. In addition, the Nexsan system's highly reliable architecture and easy-to-use functionality simplify deployment and management for The Tech.

Enabling virtualization

The Nexsan E-Series' support of VMware environments was an important consideration for the museum. In addition to upgrading its storage infrastructure, the museum upgraded its servers and networking, which included deploying VMware to consolidate 20 servers to four - all running on the Nexsan E-Series.

"We're very excited to be a part of this next generation exhibit. The Tech needs a scalable storage solution they can count on to grow with its Smart Museum concept as it expands to more exhibits and visitors," said Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing for Imation's Nexsan storage solutions. "The Nexsan E-Series provides the reliability, capacity and flexibility required to support the different physical and virtual environments it depends on to run the museum."

There are more than 11,000 customers of Nexsan solutions worldwide and more than 33,000 systems deployed since 1999. Nexsan data storage systems are delivered through a worldwide network of cloud service providers, value-added resellers and solution integrators. For more information on Nexsan storage systems, visit

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