June

Dell EMC Gift Advances Technology at HPU

June 09, 2017

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Hawai‘i Pacific University gratefully acknowledged a major gift of Dell EMC, welcoming representatives of the corporation to Aloha Tower Marketplace (ATM) on Friday, April 28, for a recognition event including a campus update.

With the objective to promote student success at HPU, Dell EMC stepped forward in 2014 as a donor to the University’s ATM redevelopment project. Through a gift in kind, the EMC XtremeIO 10 TB — data storage solution — is enhancing the student technology services at the ATM Learning Commons, Faculty and Student Lounge, Waterfront Lofts, and Multipurpose classrooms.

“HPU students are learning and living at Aloha Tower Marketplace, and this gift directly benefits them in their educational journey,” Associate Vice President and CIO Cody Down said. “We value our partnership with Dell EMC and appreciate all the support they have given us over the years.”

Vice President of University Relations Sam Moku added his appreciation for the generous gift. He said it significantly impacts what is offered to the University community at “the new facility we just made our home.”

The XtremeIO is a next generation solid state storage array, which is advancing the information technology infrastructure of HPU in support of student, faculty, and staff virtual desktops and university reporting databases. It has significantly increased the overall storage performance and introduced outstanding deduplication of data. It enables the information technology staff to focus on other strategic initiatives.

“We had a good understanding as to what the Dell EMC XtremeIO unit could do for our students, faculty, and staff as it is an all flash storage unit, meaning no moving parts as seen in traditional storage,” Director of Enterprise Systems and Infrastructure Vladimir Abadzhiev said. “What we did not fully appreciate is how similar this investment is to buying an electric vehicle. Similar to buying a Tesla, one can drive close to one million miles on the same engine, no oil change, minimum maintenance and that is what the Dell EMC XtremeIO is already proving to be for our HPU community. Add-on outstanding performance!”

In recognition of the Dell EMC gift, the University has placed a donor placard at the entrance to the meeting room of the ATM Faculty/Student lounge.

Pictured above from left to right: Nicholas Giacona (HPU), Sam Moku (HPU), William “Bill” Millard (Dell EMC), Walter Eccles (Dell EMC), Elena Bostock (Dell EMC), Cody Down (HPU), Troy Begnaud (Dell EMC), Vladimir Abadzhiev (HPU), Maurice Nowell (vCore Technology Partners and HPU alumnus)