McGill University Selects iXsystems’ TrueNAS for Petabyte Deployment in School of Computer Science

SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – November 17, 2016)iXsystems announced that McGill University’s School of Computer Science has deployed TrueNAS® in its various computing environments across the campus. The school has deployed multiple storage arrays to thousands of students, researchers and teachers. They use TrueNAS to share files over NFS, CIFS, and AFP. mcgill_logo_web

McGill’s School of Computer Science runs almost exclusively on Open Source software. When McGill was looking for a replacement for their existing storage solution, they were aware that iXsystems develops FreeNAS, which is Open Source and the most widely used software defined storage (SDS) in the world. They were pleased to discover that iXsystems offers TrueNAS, an enterprise-supported storage appliance based on FreeNAS. TrueNAS utilizes the ZFS self-healing file system, maximizing storage capacity using its efficient data compression as well as preventing data corruption, while offering the redundancy and high availability needed for McGill’s mission-critical deployment.

“We selected iXsystems because of the robustness of the TrueNAS appliance platform as well as iXsystems’ commitment to Open Source. TrueNAS offered the best bang for the buck by a long shot, with 2.5x the amount of storage for the same dollar. We also liked the fact that iXsystems has direct access to FreeBSD developers, and its Support Team has been incredible in terms of hardware replacement, support, and onsite visits,” says Ron Simpson, McGill IT Department.

McGill has three storage appliances from iXsystems with the largest of these having over 1PB of raw storage. McGill selected TrueNAS over storage solutions from numerous competitors.

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About McGill University

McGill University is among Canada’s best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world (Ranked 30th in the world in QS World University Rankings 2016-17). With students coming to McGill from some 150 countries, its student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country. McGill was founded in 1821 thanks to a generous bequest by James McGill, and since then, it has grown from a small college to a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and 40,000 students.

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