Customer Stories

ROBO data protection for the university sector

March 17, 2020 Andrew Fifield, Account Executive

In the enterprise, remote office/branch office (ROBO) scenarios consist of multiple sites — each of which has its own number of employees and their associated data that must be backed up, available, and swiftly recoverable. ROBO scenarios can be especially challenging for the organization’s IT staff, as all data must be protected and restorable. But, remote and branch offices commonly lack the people, processes, and technologies necessary for timely and cost-effective data backup and recovery.

In the university sector, the ROBO scenario and challenges are no different, though multiple sites can be other universities or institutes where researchers, both individuals and groups, share data to collaborate on projects like research papers and grant-funding applications.

Introducing The Queensland Brain Institute

At The Queensland Brain Institute, located at the University of Queensland in Australia, its 400 researchers are dedicated to studying the incredible machine that is the brain, working in collaboration with researchers at other institutes and universities. This collaboration generates terabytes of data on brain diseases in the form of images and video files, much of which becomes paramount to developing research papers and receiving grant funding. Due to the volumes and sizes of the videos and images its researchers generate, The Institute can be considered to be similar to a media creation organization.

But, for many years, each researcher was responsible for protecting the data on their own machines, which meant that the IT team could never be 100% sure that all data was protected. If any data that supported one of the 1200+ research papers that The Institute has published since its founding in 2003 couldn’t be recovered, its reputation and that of its researchers and collaborators could be called into question.

With several hundred gigabytes of data on each researcher’s machine and the growing numbers and types of brain study collaborations worldwide, The Institute’s IT team decided it needed to take control of its data protection strategy. To enable data availability and backup reliability for 400 endpoints, The Institute’s IT team discovered Druva inSync and quickly saw not just the benefits of cloud-based data protection for endpoints, but trust established between the researchers and Druva.

With the success of endpoint backup came the demand for Druva inSync at three other institutes: The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The Institute for Molecular Bioscience, and The Centre for Advanced Imaging. Additionally, The Institute expanded its implementation to protect virtual machines, servers, and databases as well with Druva Phoenix.

Next Steps

Read The Queensland Brain Institute case study to learn more about how the Druva Cloud Platform enables the IT team to do a complete device restore in a few hours, as the Druva Cloud Platform is much faster than The Institute’s previous system. This enables its researchers to be even more productive.

“Druva’s cloud-based solution gives our researchers the data availability and reliability our teams demand 24x7x365 wherever they are in the world. Backing up our data to the Druva Cloud Platform enables us to keep the data offsite with high availability without the end user needing to think about it,” said IT Manager Perry Kollmorgen.