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Following successful evaluations in pilot schools, Somerset County Council is now recommending Equiinet’s BackupPilot to all its 309 schools. BackupPilot automatically copies all schools’ data – including that held on servers and teachers’ laptops, PCs and other devices – and saves it both locally and remotely. Copies of system, application and user data are held encrypted in-school on the BackupPilot unit, which enables fast recovery from the local LAN based device in the event of data loss. School data is also automatically and additionally backed up to a remote storage facility providing a further level of protection. To keep the cost of transfer and storage to an absolute minimum the system automatically compresses and de-duplicates data, and transfer - which is carried out using the school’s internet link - can be set for times when the internet connection is not otherwise needed: outside of prime eLearning school hours.

After considering a range of solutions Somerset’s IT Service Centre (ITSC) deliberately selected BackupPilot as being “comprehensive, flexible and robust enough to satisfy our stringent demands for both reliability and security”. Somerset also cited BackupPilot’s lack of dependency on tapes as being “critically important in the event of catastrophic failures like fires or flooding”, especially given that few sites are able to store tapes securely.

“As technology becomes more and more important to schools, they do need to be safeguarded against data loss,” says Equiinet Managing Director, Keith Baker. “Our experience with schools has shown us that by far the best solution is one that is automated. With BackupPilot everything from central servers to teachers’ PCs can be regularly backed up without any manual intervention, and when data is lost it can be restored quickly and easily.”


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 a school’s data – and this can take place even if the internet connection is down. Data transfer is kept to a minimum utilising both compression and data de-duplication techniques, and crucially, only transmitting the elements of files that have changed need to be backed up. Backups are automatically transmitted over broadband – for example through the night - removing any burden on ICT staff time and ensuring that resources are used when not needed for day-to-day eLearning 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 school 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. Data is held in encrypted form at all stages.

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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