Barracuda Backup Reduces Backup Times For Healing School, A Science Academy

They are an OFSTED outstanding school, based in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire. They have over 800 students and are part of a Multi-Academy Trust and have three schools within the MAT.

The focus at Healing School is to ensure each child reaches their full potential.
While academic results are a priority, they also pride themselves on their commitment to the arts, music and sport. 

  • Unreliable Tape Backup
  • Time Consuming Restore
  • No Off-Site Replication
  • Limited Backup Capacity

Barracuda Backup

  • 100% Reliable Backups
  • Migration Made Easy
  • Quick Deployment
  • Reduction in Backup & Recovery Time
  • Fast Response Technical Support

New Installation

Healing School, A Science Academy have a single Barracuda 990 Appliance connected to their network using 10Gbit fibre. This has been configured to carry out snapshot backups of the virtual environment and also carry out file-level backups of both the SQL and Exchange servers. The Barracuda appliance is also connected to the Barracuda cloud for off-site replication, which is UK based and 256bit encrypted.

Costly & Time Consuming

Healing Academy were using a mixture of Arcserve and Veeam alongside LTO tapes for full backup and had become frustrated with its unreliability and the length of time to restore files. The time it was taking to backup the entire 14TB meant this was unachievable and left the IT team only backing up critical data with no off-site replication.

The main benefits are the shorter backup window and the capability of backing up all servers. Once the initial full backup was done, our backup was window for 14 TB’s of data is now under 2 hours.

Anthony Short, Network Manager Healing School, A Science Academy


Need To Reduce Backup Windows

The Barracuda Backup has saved Healing time and worry. Using the service, they no longer have to wait for tapes to complete or worry about a restored file being corrupted because the tapes have been worn down. Anthony said that “The benefits we get now is a zero requirement for tapes to do off-site backups, as it is all copied securely to the Barracuda Cloud and we can use the cloud interface to access statuses, backups and restores when you are off-site”.

Migration Made Easy

The opportunity to evaluate the Barracuda solution before a decision was made ensured that the IT team could demonstrate to the business the benefits of upgrading the backup system, whist at the same time making sure they had chosen the correct size appliance for their infrastructure.

Once the evaluation started the migration process was made simple by Altinet’s and Barracuda’s technical support which as Anthony states “Was really good whilst we got our trial unit working to ensure we could see the solution work in a real world situation rather than on a web demonstration. Once we had made the decision to move forward with Barracuda, they even helped us with the data migration for all our servers.”

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