London independent school Shrewsbury House has implemented the Nasuni Filer virtual NAS product, which operates as a NAS device on-site with online cloud storage as its target media. With approximately 650 user accounts, the school needed to implement offsite data protection for disaster recovery (DR) purposes.
With only about 200 GB of data to back up, Shrewsbury House did not require a full-featured backup product or service. After evaluating other products, the school settled on Nasuni Filer. Microsoft Windows RoboCopy is used to back up user data to the Nasuni Filer, which then moves data to an online cloud storage provider.
Simon Burns, head of IT at Shrewsbury House, said the school pays approximately £2,000 per year for a Nasuni license and £130 per month in cloud storage costs. Nasuni allows users the option to choose from various cloud storage providers -- Amazon S3, Iron Mountain, Nirvanix and Rackspace -- but Burns checked the option providing for the cheapest unspecified cloud provider.
"We needed offsite backup, but we didn't need a full-featured enterprise product," he said. "Nasuni's big advantage is ease of use and implementation, which is good for less technical colleagues, as well as doing snapshots as often as I want."
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