In many ways, the technology needs of schools today aren't that different from those of modern enterprises. With the explosion of data that needs to be backed up, protected, accessed and secured, Cloud solutions have become a key enabler for a school that is looking to build an open platform equalizing access for all students. Information is the lifeblood of schools and giving students the flexibility to securely access learning resources from multiple devices helps to enhance and personalize the entire academic experience.
One great example we’ve seen of this is with our customer Bryant University. At Bryant University, all students receive IT-issued laptops, and are encouraged to use smartphones and tablets in their classrooms to collaborate with each other, resulting in an online learning management system that is state-of-the-art. The proliferation of devices and application endpoints led to a 300 percent increase in the amount of data stored and managed by the university in just the last four years alone, creating a tremendous burden for the IT department.
Bryant currently employs Actifio’s Copy Data Virtualization platform for on-premise backup, and was looking to eliminate tape back-up from their infrastructure and secure their data at an offsite datacenter to optimize security and resiliency.
By employing NaviSite’s flexible and reliable Storage-as-a-Service solution NaviCloud Vault, which is built on Actifio’s CDS solution with patented Dedupe-Async replication technology, Bryant University is now able to achieve significant reduction in the amount of replicated data storage, retrieval time and associated cost. The Actifio-based solution allows customers to decouple application data from physical infrastructure, enabling improved business resiliency, and peerless agility.
NaviSite has designed the solution to scale and meet the needs of most enterprises, and also offers an end-to-end service option which includes installation, configuration, and set up of the data protection schema as a part of the overall service.
Technology has many uses to create an improved learning experience at schools and universities. Solutions like the cloud encourage an open, shared learning environment, creating a rich platform where students can develop and grow.