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Penns Valley Area Affordably Supports Students, Operations & Video Surveillance with JetStor® Arrays

Based in Spring Mills, PA and spanning a handful of rural communities in the middle of the state, Penns Valley Area School District takes pride in its progressive education. Comprised of a high school, middle school, and three elementary schools, the district integrates technologies into daily instruction. K–6 students each have an Apple iPad Mini and older students have MacBook Air laptops. Instruction is personalized and classrooms are creative learning spaces for group and project learning.

To enhance security on its campuses, the District needed to support video surveillance cameras. With each camera generating a megabyte of video every second, its legacy, multi-vendor storage devices lacked the speed to store continuous video feeds from several hundred cameras, undermining school safety.

The District uses Jamf, the Apple mobile device management solution to administer the 1,800 computers and iPads used by its 1500 students and 200 faculty and staff. Jamf, however, generates 2 terabytes of log data daily that also strained the District’s storage.

Moreover, the District must store business, financial, and student management information, including a database-driven business application developed for some PA school districts.

“This business app has a large client that our legacy storage couldn’t load quickly for users,” said Cody Wian, Director of Technology for Penns Valley Area School District. “We also want to bring our student information system inhouse from a cloud, and we plan to roll out virtual desktops, both of which would tax our existing systems even further.”

Finally, the District required strong backup and replication for data protection. It was paying $1000/mo. for backup services, an ongoing expense it wanted to eliminate.

“Our legacy devices lacked the performance to meet our current needs,” added Wian. “To ensure our educational standards, we wanted very fast, affordable solutions, ideally from one vendor to ensure we always had a single point of contact for service.”

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