Royal School for the Deaf tackles overwritten data with new back-up system

The Royal School for the Deaf and Communication Disorders in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire is securing its data with a new back-up system from Yosemite.

The Royal School for the Deaf and Communication Disorders in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire is securing its data with a new back-up system from Yosemite.

Seven Dell servers run the entire school's applications and store the working data, but the school found that files were being overwritten.

The school's and resources manager, Mike Pearn, said, "The use of IT systems provides immeasurable benefits to our students. However, we do find that it is quite a common occurrence for important files to be mistakenly overwritten or deleted by students and staff alike."

The Royal School found that files were being accidentally overwritten about 10 to 15 times a year. Bearing in mind the specialist nature of the education and care performed at the school, such data loss could prove particularly damaging to the students if files could not be restored efficiently.

"Eight years ago, I bought an HP tape drive with a Yosemite Technologies Tapeware product. I would go to the PCs and laptops, individually backing them up to ensure that our students' work would not be lost in the event a hard drive failed or an important file was overwritten," Pearn said.

"As our IT estate expanded and we networked the desktops to servers, we knew that we had put all our eggs in one basket and would have to consistently back up the servers where all user data was now centrally held."

We examined the choices of backup providers around at the time and decided to stay with Yosemite."




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