Georgia District Deploys Unitrends To Protect Data
Griffin-Spalding County Schools has installed the Unitrends Rapid Recovery System to provide hardware protection and data backup and recovery in the event of a disaster. The suburban district, located 40 miles south of Atlanta, comprises 21 schools teaching grades K through 12.
GSCS IT Director Rod Smith pointed to a number of factors that influenced the district's decision to deploy a comprehensive disaster recovery system. Chief among them is the concern for maintaining accurate student records. Record keeping is essential to securing federal funding, complying with HIPAA in the transport of academic and health records, and simply monitoring academic performance.
"After (Hurricane) Katrina, it became apparent that we needed an enterprise backup solution to protect our data. But, like other small to mid-level school districts, we didn't have the financial luxury or resources to purchase or manage an expensive backup package," said Smith. With the new system, the district can store data "in an enterprise environment, and we get to do it in a way that gives us the confidence and assurance that the data is recoverable."
In addition, the URRS stores operating system data, such as passwords and settings, which allows for immediate restoration of operations following a shutdown, and offers applications recovery, which restores any affected software to functionality.
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