Michigan Department of Education Accelerates Analytics with Intel® Solid-State Drives

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The Michigan Department of Education works with the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) to analyze a wide range of data from the state’s K–12 schools. The goal is to generate new insights that can help boost academic performance, improve planning and budgeting, optimize the utilization of assets, and more. To accommodate the growing use of analytics from a variety of users, CEPI needed a way to provide large-capacity temporary disk space for workload processing while conserving its storage area network (SAN) resources. A pilot program showed that installing Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSDs) in analytics servers could significantly improve query performance and deliver a rapid return on investment (ROI).

“In our testing, the Intel SSD 910 Series delivered significantly better performance than the SAN for both short and long queries," explained Steve St. Laurent, database administrator for Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB). "With one long query, we saved two hours and 45 minutes—a reduction of more than 60 percent. The improved performance will help reduce user frustration and increase productivity.”

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