New Storage Infrastructure From NetApp and IBM Will Provide EMPAC With the IT Flexibility Required To Address Media Applications at the Intersection of Media, Arts, and Science

Troy, N.Y.-July 12, 2011 -Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced that NetApp(NASDAQ: NTAP) has donated advanced storage and data managementequipment to be used in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media andPerforming Arts Center (EMPAC). NetApp, which worked with IBM onfulfillment and integration of the project, provided EMPAC with ahighly available and scalable IBM System Storage N series storageinfrastructure that is built on NetApp® technology.


The new infrastructure will support manydata-intensive applications such as the production andpost-production of high-definition and 3-D video along with videodata for immersive environments and scientific visualizations.Furthermore, the 168 terabytes of additional storage realizedthrough the donation more than doubles EMPAC storage capacity forvideo and other forms of data, providing EMPAC with the flexibilityto meet the growing needs of artists and researchers in residenceas well as faculty.


“The donation is a long-term investment andwill allow EMPAC to stay at the forefront of media applicationsthat are at the intersection of media, arts, and science,” saidJohannes Goebel, director of EMPAC. “NetApp and IBM’s engagementvalidates the new model of interaction between arts, science, andengineering that Rensselaer has created with EMPAC.”


“We are very thankful for this gift as itprovides us with some of the best storage technology available inthe 21st century to expand our data storage capability at EMPAC,”said John Kolb, Rensselaer vice president for information servicesand technology and Chief Information Officer. “This gift helpsadvance the ongoing and leading-edge work at EMPAC, which is trulyone of the world’s unique media and performing arts centers.”


“NetApp is committed to helping the highereducation market address today’s IT challenges,” said Tom Georgens,president and CEO of NetApp and a graduate of RensselaerPolytechnic Institute. “The Experimental Media and Performing ArtsCenter is a unique facility that leverages technology to deliverproduction and presentation capabilities that are unmatched. We areexcited to be working with RPI to enable EMPAC to push theboundaries of what is possible and deliver an experience tostudents, artists, researchers, faculty, and audiences that issecond to none.”


In addition to IBM, NetApp worked with SiriusComputer Solutions to provide support configuring, installing, andintegrating the equipment into Rensselaer’s IT infrastructure alongwith long-term support for maintenance and expansion in thefuture.




The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media andPerforming Arts Center (EMPAC), founded by Rensselaer PolytechnicInstitute, is an international hub for art, performance, science,and technology – offering adventurous interdisciplinary publicevents, support for artists and scholars engaged in creativeresearch, and the resources of a state-of-the art facility fordigital media production, research, and performance situated on acollege campus.


EMPAC’s building is a showcase work ofarchitecture that spans the physical and digital worlds. With a1,200-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, two flexible black boxstudios, audio and video production rooms, and residency studios,EMPAC is a unique environment where digital technology and humanexperience can meet.
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center(EMPAC)
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