GRACE Christian School Boosts VM Backup Performance by 2.5X with NAKIVO
GRACE Christian School, a private school located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is using NAKIVO Backup & Replication installed on Synology NAS to back up their VMware VMs 2.5X faster and oversee their data protection with automated reporting.
Sparks, NV, United States – April 16, 2018
NAKIVO Inc. is a fast-growing software company for protecting virtualized and cloud environments. Today the company announced that GRACE Christian School has selected NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect their VMware environment.
GRACE Christian School (GRACE) is a private school located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. GRACE comprises of elementary, middle, and high school programs. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the school has 781 students enrolled. The school’s academic, fine arts, athletic, and social programs are designed to challenge and inspire students to develop their talents.
GRACE’s IT infrastructure consists of three locations across the campus. Their VMware VMs run Microsoft Active Directory servers, Windows servers, a computer management system, network monitoring servers, and other data as well as applications, including special software designed for schools to monitor staff and student activity. The IT infrastructure at GRACE relies heavily on authentication services working and running properly. If a server fails, the students and teachers can lose access to vital information. Since the school does not want to lose connectivity, or to deal with the consequences thereof, a robust VM backup solution is required to protect the virtual environment at GRACE.
“Previously, we used a script solution to protect our VMware environment, but the system was clunky and cumbersome, while also required extra man hours to get things working properly. The whole VM backup process was laborious and could take six to ten hours to accomplish. In addition, I would actually need to be physically present on campus, connected to the network, throughout the entire VM recovery process. That posed a huge risk to the organization because if something were to happen, and I was unavailable for whatever reason, the entire IT infrastructure would take a hit. Ultimately, we decided to look for a proper VM backup solution designed to protect VMware environments, and our main criteria were ease of use, price point, as well as integration with Synology NAS servers,” says Dana Morrison, Technology Director at GRACE.
While looking for a VM backup solution within the Synology Application Center, Dana noticed NAKIVO Backup & Replication, and after researching NAKIVO, Dana’s interest was piqued. Installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication on a Synology NAS server is extraordinarily easy and intuitive; coupled with a clean web interface, it makes the software extremely user-friendly.
“What I like about Synology NAS as a VM backup appliance is that we are able to use the servers for different things, like storage of surveillance footage, for example, while at the same time using them to back up and recover VMware VMs with NAKIVO Backup & Replication. We managed to not only save money, but also achieve flexibility and combine backup software with our hardware in one single device,” explains Dana.
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, GRACE can back up and recover VMware VMs faster in comparison to the school’s previous solution. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides a Grandfather-Father-Son (GFS) retention scheme, which allows the school to save storage space while keeping recovery points from any period in time. “We keep recovery points on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. What is great about the retention scheme is that the recovery time is extremely fast with any recovery point you chose to recover from. I tried to recover a core server with NAKIVO Backup & Replication and the whole process was phenomenally fast – only 20 minutes or so,” says Dana.
“In terms of VM backup, if to compare to the previous script solution, we managed to improve performance by 2.5X at least. Backing up our biggest server (which holds 3TB of data) takes approximately 4 hours with NAKIVO Backup & Replication, whereas before, the script solution would have taken something like 10 hours. Such an improvement is fantastic,” says Dana. Dana also takes advantage of the automatic reports and email notifications that NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides. NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers visibility into the health of virtual machines, thus issues can be noticed and resolved before they are able to impact the organization. “Email notifications are great for alarming us of any inconsistencies within the backup or recovery jobs, and we really appreciate the automatic reports we receive after each backup job completion, as well as the digest at the end of the week,” Dana reports.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication installed on Synology NAS provides GRACE with fast VM backup and recovery, as well as reporting and monitoring capabilities. The school increased their VM backup performance to more than double the speeds that they achieved with their previous script solution. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, the school can also recover critical servers within 20 minutes. “NAKIVO Backup & Replication helped me save two hours a week that I used to spend poring over scripts to make sure things were running properly. Now, I spend no more than 15 minutes a week with the product, thus I have more time to spend on other important IT-related activities. Overall, NAKIVO Backup & Replication helped us gain visibility into our virtual environment with automation and reporting, while also helped us increase our VM backup and recovery performance,” says Dana.
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About GRACE Christian School
GRACE Christian School is a private elementary, middle, and high school in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. GRACE is accredited by both the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), holding the highest rating with both of these organizations. The school is committed to preparing students academically for entrance into the excellent college or university of their choice upon high-school graduation. GRACE also strives to develop students that are mature, highly educated, life-long learners who will lead and impact the world. For more information, please visit www.gracechristian.net.
NAKIVO is a US corporation founded in 2012. NAKIVO develops a fast, reliable, and affordable data protection solution for VMware, Hyper-V, and cloud environments. Over 10,000 companies are using NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect and recover their data more efficiently and cost-effectively, while over 180 hosting, managed, and cloud service providers are using NAKIVO’s software to deliver VM BaaS and DRaaS to their customers. NAKIVO has a global presence with over 2,300 channel partners in 124 countries worldwide. Visit www.nakivo.com to learn more.
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