Can someone recommend me a backup solution that can be used for an educational institution?

Arthur S November 3, 2013
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The thing is, is that the online university where I study is constantly experiencing data loss, including students’ work and files, and I want to recommend to them an effective solution.

Can someone recommend me a backup solution for educational institutions?

  1. Mini S
    November 12, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Prepare a recovery software Power Data Recovery

  2. Oron J
    November 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I agree with Jan. This is not a question that can be answered without knowing all the factors, and we don't even know if the data is saved centrally or on the devices.

    What I *can* say is that it is definitely possible to set up a good backup scheme if the organisation is willing to put in the effort. There will be a direct cost (software, storage and possibly extra hardware), but the main condition is the organisational willingness to recognise the problem and put in the effort to make the necessary changes.

  3. Jan F
    November 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    How much data are we talking about?
    Where is that data located (central location e.g. a share or roaming profiles, per device, …)?
    What are you/they willing to pay?

    What you are asking for is more of a consulting job than something you can find answers on the internet.

    Depending on the location you can decide whether you need a client-server based backup system or just need a solution for a single server/storage.

    You also have to come up with a backup strategy e.g. rotating backups, full backups once a month, incremental daily/weekly backups etc.

    Once you know the amount of data to be backed up and the frequency you can estimate whether you need a backup system with a few internal hard drives, an external FC/iSCSI RAID storage or maybe backup to tapes.

    Depending on the complexity and frequency of the backups you can finally chose a backup solution. For incremental, frequent and rather complex systems you are better of with a SMB/Enterprise backup solution. If you just want a monthly copy of everything something like robocopy or rsync could do the job.

    The final decision then depends on the budget.

    Few examples:
    http://www.archiware.com
    http://www.symantec.com/de/de/backup-exec
    http://www.retrospect.com/

  4. Arthur S
    November 4, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I would recommend Acronis, since they already have experience of working with quite a few educational institutions: Ohio State University, Boston University, UCLA, University of Miami, etc. I really think that educational institution, especially those that operate online, can benefit from reduced costs from an all-in-one solution, simplification of all backup and recovery operations, improved reliability with off-site storage and consolidated data across multiple networks. Acronis' solution allows managing all of your backup and recovery operations from a single console whether on campus or offsite.
    You can read more about this solution here:
    http://www.acronis.com/solutions/backup-recovery-public-sector/index.html#education