cloud_computingSUNNYVALE, Calif. – June 9, 2012 –, a provider of enterprise-grade online backup and disaster recovery solutions, today announced that Saint Francis High School is using the Zetta Data Protect solution to protect its campus data safely in the cloud.

Saint Francis is a diverse, co-educational, Catholic, college preparatory school centrally located in Mountain View, California, forty miles south of San Francisco. It opened its doors in 1955. Today it has an enrollment of about 1700 students with over 100 faculty members.

Larry Steinke, Technology Director, is one of only a couple of IT support people at Saint Francis High School. They have responsibility for a diverse operation including email, web services, directory services, cross-platform support, databases, business office support, teacher files and student files. Managing backups was distracting the IT staff from focusing on more strategic services to teachers, students, and the community.

Over the years, Saint Francis tried different backup solutions. The other solutions may have had good connectivity and promising features, but they were complex to manage. “I had to always check to see if it was having issues like disks filling up or backups failing,” said Steinke.

Media was not stored offsite, but was placed in a fireproof storage at the school. When a recovery was necessary, it was sometimes difficult to find or recover the appropriate files. “Sometime it was difficult to find the necessary files to recover making disaster recovery a real challenge,” said Steinke. “No one enjoys such moments, since they are often filled with enough stress without having to worry about the backup!”

Another worry was future-proofing the media. “How am I going to recover data from my old SCSI tape now that I don’t have a server with the appropriate tape drive easily available?” pointed out Steinke.

Saint Francis looked into alternatives for getting the data offsite a number of times, but it was always too expensive. They believed they were stuck with their current method of difficult-to-manage onsite backup.

“At that point, I wasn’t actually looking for an offsite solution,” explained Steinke, “because all the ones we had looked at were too expensive.”

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