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A survey by Equiinet, a leading provider of eLearning technology for schools, has revealed that whilst most schools regularly backup administrative information, 70 per cent do not have a robust policy to protect information held on teachers’ laptops.

Given the increasing popularity amongst even the least ICT-literate staff of using laptops to create lesson plans and materials, this oversight places many schools in a vulnerable position.

“Admittedly in the past it was difficult to back up teachers’ laptops,” says Equiinet Product Marketing Director, David Abbot. “ICT staff would have to rely on teachers remembering to copy their important data manually to central servers. But now there can be no excuses: fully automated backup systems are available that cater for PCs and laptops as well as servers.”

With Equiinet’s BackupPilot system, client software is installed on each laptop and this then automatically performs backups whenever the laptop is connected to the internet – whether at the teacher’s home or on the school network – removing the need for manual intervention.

Although the survey has shown that most schools – some 85 per cent – backup server information, a significant number of schools admit that student coursework is vulnerable, with only 60 per cent of schools saying this is definitely backed up.

“Conversations we have had with students confirm that coursework does get lost, and they know they are best advised to make their own copies,” says Abbot.

The survey also discloses that even when information is fully backed up, few schools have sufficiently robust systems in place to make it easy to restore lost information, with 30 per cent of schools admitting they were unable to recover data. Only 10 per cent of survey respondents said they use new remote backup technology, which Equiinet believes is a key reason why recovery rates are so poor.

Lack of automation and cost are cited as the biggest barriers to better backup systems – factors that indicate there is little awareness of the systems now available:

“Although modern solutions offer schools totally automated backup systems that can completely do away with the need for manual backups and tapes, the two methods aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive” Abbot comments. “For schools where cost is an issue, automated systems can be used very effectively alongside existing tape-based systems. This approach is ideal for any organisations that do not want to make too large an initial investment.”

Full results of Equiinet’s survey are available at
Equiinet’s survey

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About BackupPilot
BackupPilot combines local backup storage together with linking over broadband to a remote, highly reliable secure data centre where offsite copies of data are held. This solution provides the best of both worlds. No manual intervention is needed to ensure regular, automated backup of all the school’s data – and this can take place even if the internet connection is down. Data transfer is also kept to a minimum. Initially, BackupPilot carries out a full data backup. This is run to a removable drive and then couriered to the remote data centre, which provides capacity on demand. Thereafter, only the elements of files that have changed need to be backed up. The new backups can be automatically transmitted over broadband – for example through the night - removing any burden on staff time and ensuring that resources are used when not needed for day-to-day activities.

Unlike a tape-based system, BackupPilot does not need any new software to be put on each device that needs backup. Instead, the appliance sits on the local LAN and uses an ‘agentless’ method of communication with PCs and servers. As many devices and applications as desired can be easily backed up and when restoral is needed this is quick and easy.

About Equiinet
Equiinet was founded in 1998 by a team of entrepreneurs and has led the way in the manufacture and supply of extremely secure server appliances, giving organisations of all shapes and sizes the peace of mind to make full use of the Internet. Using the company’s ability to deliver cost-effective, integrated solutions Equiinet has developed a range of solutions that provides the education sector with a simple, reliable, secure way to make best use of their network and internet connections.

For information from Equiinet contact:

David Abbot, Product Marketing Director
T: 01793 603 756

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