NCC Education Update Their Backup Solutions, Improving Restoration and Meeting
Government Standards.


  • NCC Education
  • Head office based in Manchester
  • Established in 1967
  • Accredited Partner Centres in over 50 countries

NCC Education is an awarding organisation and global provider of British education, offering the complete education solution to their global network of Accredited Partner Centres in more than 50 countries.

The organisation work in partnership with Accredited Partner Centres and partner universities to provide students with an affordable pathway to obtain a UK university degree or masters qualification in the areas of Business and Computing.

NCC Education qualifications have boosted the careers of over 157,000 students worldwide, who have gone on to work for multinational companies, SMEs, or setting up their own businesses.

  • Outdated tape backup system
  • Time-consuming, ineffective data storage & restoration
  • No Business Continuity and Disaster Resovery (BCDR) plan in place
  • Inefficient third-party support

Barracuda On-Premise Backup Appliance

  • Rapid recovery from data loss
  • Defend against ransomware, disasters, and malicious destruction
  • Flexible deployment and recovery
  • Backup mission-critical servers every 15 minutes


Barracuda Essentials

  • Email Security Service
  • Advanced Threat Protection
  • Cloud-to-Cloud Backup
  • Archiving

Replacing a Tape Backup System

When NCC Education first came into contact with Altinet, their biggest struggle was the outdated tape backup system that they had in place. Tape-based backup methods have been around since the advent of the computer industry in the 1950s - of course the technology used in tape backups has evolved somewhat in this time, but these advancements still can't compare to that of the cloud and disk.

The main problem NCC were facing - and the main problem for most tape backup users - was the extremely time-consuming data restoration, which can take days or even weeks to complete depending on the system in use, storage location, and how data is organised. In NCC's case, the organisation were paying a third-party company to securely store their backup tapes, meaning delivery back to site had to be requested for every restore. 

These issues led NCC to trial Barracuda's on-premise backup appliance, which offers a variety of data recovery methods including basic file restore, restore via download, local web interface, and bare metal recovery, making it quick and simple to recover back to a snapshot in time or just restore a set of affected files.

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Recovering from Ransomware with Barracuda Backup

We no longer have to waste manpower physically loading tapes into a carousel on a Friday afternoon!

Having cloud backup and Barracuda Office 365 Essentials means we're covered for our BCDR plans, satisfying Ofqual that we can recover quickly from any scenario.

Steven Bettoni, IT Support Manager NCC Education Limited

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Meeting Government Regulations

NCC Education were satisfied that Barracuda's Backup appliance would effectively solve their data restore concerns, however due to the nature of their business they were also facing a new challenge in meeting government regulations. Being an educational organisation, NCC are governed by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), and one of their requirements of NCC was to introduce a reliable Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan to protect student data. 

After expressing these specific concerns with Altinet, NCC were guided to look into Barracuda Essentials - a solution for Office 365 including Email Security, Message Archiving and Cloud-to-Cloud Backup. After looking through the full specs of the services, NCC were confident that the combination of both an on-premise appliance and cloud-based backup would provide them with complete data protection for any scenario. 


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Personalised Support

Due to NCC having challenges and concerns so specific to both their under-performing technologies and their governing regulations, the guidance given by Altinet's dedicated account management team was a vital tool in finding their perfect solution. On top of this, Altinet's in-house technical team ensured the implementation process was fast and simple, taking a total of just 3 days to get everything in working order, and the promise of ongoing technical support whenever needed assured NCC that they could easily tackle any future challenges too. 

"The technical support delivered by Altinet and the support from our account manager Josh Beaumont was amazing from start to finish. The aftercare they provided was also superb - I would definitely recommend Altinet for any similar projects."



About Barracuda Essentials and Backup


Barracuda Essentials

Barracuda Essentials enables customers to safely, efficiently, and
economically adopt Office 365 by protecting users from dangerous
ransomware and phishing attacks. It minimises downtime, ensuring
compliance retention, and enabling recovery of Exchange Online,
OneDrive and Sharepoint Online data giving users peace of mind and
complete protection in their Office 365 environment.

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Barracuda Backup

Barracuda Backup combines storage, software, and inline deduplication, to ensure your data is protected against loss no matter what happens. It’s easy to deploy, usually in less than an hour. There are no per-application or per-agent licensing fees, and its single-pane-of-glass admin console makes management fast and easy.

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Key Features:

  • Delivered in SaaS model
  • Cloud-based email security with ATP, encryption, and DLP
  • Cloud-based archiving for compliance and eDiscovery
  • PST management for faster migration
  • Protection against accidental or malicious deletion
    (including Exchange Online, OneDrive, and SharePoint Online)

Key Features:

  • Defend against ransomware, disasters & malicious destruction
  • Rapid recovery from data loss
  • Flexible deployment and recovery options
  • Offsite vaulting available for conservative retention policies
  • Near continuous data protection