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Acronis SCS Beats Out Backup & Cloud Storage Competition for Luck School District

BACKGROUND

Luck School District

Luck School District is responsible for educating more than four hundred and fifty students across seven townships in rural Wisconsin. The district includes grades 4K-12, as well as some educational daycare options for younger children. It employs more than seventy teachers and staff members, including its one-man IT team.

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PROTECTED ENVIRONMENT

• All onsite servers

KEY CHALLENGES

• Tight IT budget
• One-man IT team
• High volume storage

KEY REQUIREMENTS

• User-friendly
• Cost-effective
• Easy retention & storage
• Reliable recovery

“It was so easy to set up, and it all just worked – and for a good price. From there it was a no-brainer. No other solution came close to beating Acronis SCS Cyber Backup. I would definitely recommend it to other schools.”

-IT Director, Luck School District, Wisconsin

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THE NEED: RELIABLE & AFFORDABLE SERVER BACKUP

With a strict budget and just one person responsible for managing its whole computing environment, Luck School District needed a user-friendly backup and disaster recovery tool for its servers. Knowing these servers house all the district’s onsite data and systems, the stakes were high to find a solution that was not only cost-effective, but also secure and dependable.

On its quest for the right backup solution, the district’s IT director tried out a dizzying number of options. First up were older school approaches, like manually backing up to tapes and external hard drives. These methods turned out to be too cumbersome, unreliable, and time intensive to be practical. Next, the district gave backup tools from Datto, SOS Online, Veeam, and Unitrends a go. Each had their upsides, but none met all the district’s needs – including easy-to-access product support, customizable backup retention policies, and flexible storage capacity – at an affordable price point.

After crossing these vendors off his list, Luck’s IT director finally found a solution that checked all the district’s backup boxes: Acronis SCS Cyber Backup.

“Being able to manage all my backups in one pane of glass saves me a ton of time and stress. With Acronis SCS Cyber Backup, I don’t have to stay up at night worrying whether our servers are backing up properly. I know they are.”

-IT Director, Luck School District, Wisconsin

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THE SOLUTION: ACRONIS SCS CYBER BACKUP

After easy installation of the agent and customization of the servers’ backup schedules, the software worked its magic, performing backups quickly and successfully. The district made the switch official after learning more about Acronis SCS Cyber Backup’s budget-friendly price point, secure encryption, and flexible storage options. In addition to taking advantage of Acronis SCS Cloud Storage, for example, the district also stores encrypted copies of its backups in local hard drives at no additional cost, providing added peace of mind for both data security and accessibility.

ABOUT ACRONIS SCS

Acronis SCS is a US-based, independently operated
and governed cyber protection and edge data security company exclusively dedicated to meeting the unique requirements of the US public sector. Acronis SCS’ innovative and comprehensive cyber protection, backup and disaster recovery, anti-ransomware, and enterprise file sync and share software solutions ensure operational assurance and data security across America’s federal, state and local government, education, healthcare, and nonprofit computing environments. All Acronis SCS employees are US citizens.

THE BENEFITS: STRESS- FREE BACKUP, RETENTION & RECOVERY

Since adopting Acronis SCS Cyber Backup, the district has had to recover individual files from its backups a handful of times – an intuitive, seamless process that takes mere minutes, according to the district’s IT director. One benefit of the software he hopes he will never need (but is glad the district has, just in case) is the ability to perform bare metal restores to dissimilar hardware, a feature designed to minimize downtime in the event one of the district’s servers or systems goes down.

Another advantage of Acronis SCS’ solution is its customizable retention capabilities. Before adopting the solution, Luck’s IT director spent hours manually deleting old backups to free up space and avoid additional storage costs. With Acronis SCS, he has easily configured retention policies to delete backups after six months, freeing up valuable storage space and saving money. In addition, Acronis SCS backups are automatically compressed, further maximizing storage efficiencies.

Yet another perk the Acronis SCS solution offers is the ability to easily update backup agents without requiring the district to restart its servers. In fact, the district has never run into an issue where its servers have failed after an update. That consistency has given days-worth of time back to the IT director, time which he can now spend on other priorities.

The bottom line for Luck School District? With Acronis SCS, it can rest easy knowing its servers are backing up just as they should be – and those backups will be easy to restore from when needed. In the words of the district’s IT director, that peace of mind meant “no other solution came close to beating Acronis SCS Cyber Backup.”