Harford County Public Schools Usher Out Tape Backup Solution in Favor of Disk-to-Disk Online Backup

December 14, 2006, Columbia, MD–A year ago Andrew Moore faced a significant data protection challenge. The CIO for the Harford County Public School System (www.hcps.org) in Bel Air, Maryland had 51 schools networked to a central computer system with a community portal serving administrators, students and teachers. The system was generating volumes of electronic data, from ERP Financials to lesson plans, but had an unmatched disaster recovery plan filled with holes.

With recurring instances of students and teachers deleting needed files, resource-intensive and time-consuming file recoveries and constant frustration over infrequent backup at each individual school, he knew HCPS needed a better plan to recover data quickly and to perform more consist backup. He also knew this meant tape backup couldn´t be a long-term solution for the growing district.

After investigating a number of options, he decided to leverage technological advances and replace their tape system with a disk-to-disk based online backup solution from AmeriVault (www.amerivault.com). With online backup, electronic data is automatically backed up according to the user-defined frequency then encrypted and sent over the Internet to off-site mass storage vaults. Files can be recovered quickly with the click of a mouse.

AmeriVault provides mission critical data protection and automatically and securely delivers disciplined backup and advanced recovery services designed for organizations unable to tolerate data loss or downtime. With off-site storage, expert technical support and advanced recovery services, organizations can focus on core competencies, knowing that they are fully protected. Managed solutions include online data backup and recovery, email archiving, and real-time replication that deliver total automation, maximum security and regulatory compliance.

Since making the transition a little less than a year ago there have been both expected and unexpected benefits. Not only has the organization centralized all of their backup data for quicker restores and automated the backup process so that regular backups are guaranteed, the district has been able to pinpoint abuses of their computer technology. Because only changes in files or deltas are detected and backed up, Craig Killoran, HCPS´s Network Administrator, can hone in on significant changes in the data. As a result of this, several times students have been found storing personal videos and pictures on the server. With tape backup these files would have gone unnoticed.

The district now has 1.2 terabytes of data and is poised for significant growth within the next 5-10 years due to the relocation of a federal lab. They now have peace of mind and confidence that their backup and recovery plan can support their development.

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As a premier leader of managed online backup, email archiving and recovery solutions, AmeriVault has clients in 44 states and 12 countries. Backed by a SAS 70 certification, AmeriVault delivers services under stringent security controls and employs 24/7 systems monitoring, redundant firewalls, dual access circuits and replicated, remote storage vaults for high service availability. Headquartered in Waltham, MA, AmeriVault has four offices and five data vault centers around the country. For more information, visit www.amerivault.com or call (800) 774-0235.

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