Rutgers University Case Study: How They Saved Tens of Thousands of Dollars

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Rutgers University Case Study: How Did They Save Tens of Thousands of Dollars Using Zmanda Backup Solution?

Established in 1766, Rutgers is one of the leading national research universities. It is an outstanding, comprehensive public institution of higher education. The university consists of 70,000 students and 23,400 full-time and part-time faculty & staff. People here along with learning, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world.

The Problem Statement

  • Saving money for server backups is a high priority; at least that was the case with Rutgers University when they started to explore server backup options.
  • Rutgers has a huge digital repository full of audio & video media files which are stored and shared globally on Isilon storage.
  • The size of these storage spans is greater than 50-60 Terabytes.
  • In order to store this data safely, they were using Storage and Archive Manager File System (SAMFS) backup that was provided to them by Sun Systems.
  • However, when the Sun Systems software began to crash often, they began to explore other options. They became more inclined towards using Linux & SUSE Operating Systems.
  • Isilon storage did not have its own proprietary backup software, thus they looked for independent backup software.

The Solution

  • Being a traditional backup system, Zmanda provides benefits to the customer similar to EMC Networker and Net backup.
  • However, the price of the other two was excessively high for the customer to afford. When compared, Zmanda turned out to be a more cost-effective solution.
  • The customer engineered Zmanda to perform the storage backup in a traditional style. They used Zmanda to execute a full backup every month.
  • They implemented Amanda Enterprise and also used the MYSQL plugin.

Zmanda's ability to deliver immediate cost savings, accurate backups, and increased storage efficiency impressed Rutgers University. Learn more about how Zmanda was the perfect fit for Rutgers University by downloading the PDF here.

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