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15 November 2016

Cloud backup saves data after fire destroys school

The decision of the IT manager at The Academy secondary school in Selsey to move data backup to the cloud paid off after a fire destroyed buildings that housed its server racks. Just two weeks before the new school year began, a fire ripped through the 400-pupil school. The fire destroyed most buildings, including the server room. It was accidentally started by a roofer, according to local reports. But thanks to a third-party cloud backup agreement arranged a year earlier, all of the school’s data was available just hours later. Following his attendance at the 2015 British Educational Training and Technology (Bett) trade show, IT manager Daniel Sapseid decided to outsource the school’s data backup to Redstor’s Backup Service for Schools to store over 1TB of student and staff data. It was implemented in July 2015 as backup to the school’s on-premise data storage. As part of the service, the IT team receives daily emails once a backup is completed successfully. “On the Sunday morning, I got a call telling me the school was on fire...

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