Notre Dame needed a cost-effective and reliable virtual machine (VM) backup and recovery solution for storing, managing, and searching its fast-growing library of student and staff data.
Backing Up Vital Educational Data
Virtualization gives organizations a convenient way to maximize the returns on their hardware investment. With programs like VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, they can host multiple applications and operating systems on a single physical server, allowing them to access more of their computing and storage capacity.
However, organizations with multiple virtual machines (VMs) require sophisticated server backup solutions to back up and recover data, especially when stored across separate servers. Often, these enterprise-level solutions are too expensive or technically demanding for smaller organizations.
Notre Dame has about 600 students who use 400 desktop computers throughout the school. Senior students also bring their own laptops and other devices to the campus, adding to the complexity of its technology environment. The school has three HPE ProLiant DL380 Servers at the core of its IT system, each of which runs up to 10 VMs.
According to the school’s IT Manager, David Colpus, Notre Dame needed a practical and cost-effective backup and recovery for these VMs that have more than 5 TB of application data from administrative applications, educational documents from students’ work folders, and an extensive library of photos.
“We needed to ensure that our data was as secure as possible,” says Colpus. “We were also having some issues with our existing backup solution.”