OWL University of Applied Sciences

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Industry:         Education
Use Case:        VMware, Machine learning, IoT, data mining, Exchange, SQL
Competition:  NetApp and IBM Spectrum Scale

About HS OWL Univerity

OWL UAS, Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, University of Applied Sciences, is a state tech university in Germany that carries out research and higher education.

With 6,700 students, 174 professors and 527 employees, OWL UAS' goal is to tackle complex problems and global challenges to ensure that knowledge and innovations benefit society. They provide education and research in engineering, economics and management, life science technologies, design and construction at campuses in Lemgo, Detmold and Höxter.

Business challenge

The university had 70 NASes spread across a myriad of small storage islands. In addition, there was a metro cluster storage solution that was starting to lack support and was even more expensive to maintain and update. The NetApp metro cluster, with two heads (3240) — some shelves with SSDs, SAS and SATA disks — was running six virtual filers. It was much too complex to administrate, so the university aimed for a unified storage solution that covered all their needs.

The goal became to find one storage solution to replace everything, one that is highly scalable and with a global file system that could span all the campuses, and to secure all data with fault protection and against data loss. There had to be a plan for centralized
backup and disaster recovery, as well.


"We estimate that the
Compuverde storage
solution lower our
administration effort
by a factor of three.

Dr. Lars Köller,
Director S(kim)




Compuverde vNAS enables university to consolidate storage silos into one unified storage platform

  • One unified storage pool
  • Unparalleled SMB/CIFS compatibility
  • Reduced TCO
  • Rich on enterprise features
  • High protection level
  • Hassle-free flexibility - just add storage and features on the fly
  • 3x increased OPEX efficiency


Full Case Study


Case Study UAC OWL

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