Customer Stories

Long-term data protection for Office 365 and Hyper-V at Ipswich Grammar School

February 4, 2020 Imran Talib, Corporate Account Executive

Privacy, security and retention of personal data has been the subject of multiple new regulations across the globe. Included in these regulations is the need to retain personal data for longer periods of time, which has led to increased complexity and cost in the IT systems hosting this data. In order to mitigate these costs, organizations are increasingly moving to the cloud for long term data retention. However, not all data protection solutions are able to adequately protect and manage data in the cloud.

For 156 years, Ipswich Grammar School (IGS) has been educating students with innovative approaches to address the specific learning needs of scholastics with focused curriculum, specialist teachers, and a unique approach to teaching. To deliver on its advanced education strategy the school leverages information communication technologies to instruct its 1,000 students, which means they’re generating large volumes of educational related data in multiple systems. The data set includes personal student data, retention of which requires the school to comply with government regulations.

But, long term data retention has traditionally been the domain of on premise solutions, which is what IGS wanted to move away from. To protect growing volumes of data for long periods, IGS’s IT leaders decided to modernize its infrastructure and begin a migration to the cloud.

The phased approach began with upgrading their Microsoft Exchange environment from on-premises to Office 365, and would then expand to include its Sydney data center. But its on-premises Veeam solution was insufficient for their cloud strategy. Not only would sticking with Veeam require IGS to purchase and deploy multiple products to manage Office 365 and its Hyper-V virtual machines in the data center, but it would require them to find a cloud partner to store their data off site for long-term retention.

David Peace, Network and Security Administrator at IGS, was looking for one platform to protect and manage all of the school’s data. IGS found the Druva Cloud Platform and immediately saw big differentiators: the ability to achieve data protection and management for Office 365 email and many other physical and virtual data center workloads through a cloud-native approach.

Druva removes the cost and complexity associated with both data protection and data retention. Its SaaS platform eliminates the need for dedicated hardware and software and reduces the premise data center footprint. Data retention policies orchestrate intelligent tiering of data into lower storage layers freeing up IGS IT from manually moving data.

Read the new IGS case study to learn how Druva Cloud Platform enabled them to easily onboarded 180 users to Office 365 via Active Directory, reduce TCO – storage, hardware, and software costs, recover and restore deleted files/emails in seconds, and improve workforce productivity.

“The big win for us also came from the SaaS model that Druva provides. One of the things it enabled us to do was to reduce TCO through long term data storage retention. A massive cost reduction for us,” Peace says.