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September 15, 2015

College data backup in the age of the cloud

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By Ken Stier, University Business

In just three years, enrollment at Lone Star Community College grew by about 50 percent. The six-campus system, located in the north Houston metro area, now has more than 95,000 students and has experienced explosive data growth, as well—from 40 terabytes to 1.6 petabytes. A data collection that big is hard to imagine. But as of April 2011, the entire U.S. Library of Congress had amassed 235 terabytes of data, and a petabyte is more than four times that, according to Michael Chui, a principal at consulting giant McKinsey & Company. The growth prompted IT standardization in the sprawling, decentralized system and an overhaul of Lone Star’s data backup process and technology.

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