Initially, Druva was deployed to protect the laptops of the university’s high-end users. When the board got word of how much the executives liked the solution, they gave their approval to deploy Druva to protect laptops across the entire organization.
Gone are the days of spending hours trying to make sense of what Dieterich called a “really terrible dashboard." Now he logs in at the beginning of his day and makes sure all the jobs are green. He estimates he is saving about 75% of the time he spent on backup management with the previous solution.
Druva is also much easier to use than the previous solution. Dieterich is using Druva to help transition people from old machines to new machines. He says, "Druva is light years ahead of the tools and processes we used to have to endure with a legacy vendor."
Druva also fits well within the academic research cadence. Dieterich says, “If someone is on sabbatical, on a beach or other remote place and needs a file restored, it's super easy for a user to get access to that. And they're like ‘this, this is amazing.’”
Dieterich also loves that he can point a VM restore at any VMware cluster, pull it down, or even run it side-by-side with a currently running VM to compare file revisions.
Druva has been essential in recovering from a cyber-attack. Because they can trust their ability to restore files, Druva is part of the university’s overall security plan. When their print server was compromised through PaperCut (a comprehensive print management system), they were able to shut down the server and restore it using a good backup copy. This helped them get back up and running in a couple of hours instead of having to rebuild the entire print server over again from scratch.
Dieterich reports that “so far everything has been working just flawlessly." He continues, “I really can't say enough about Druva, and how much better we all sleep at night. We know that should the worst happen; we should be able to get everything back up and running pretty quickly."