An Open-Source Backup Solution for the Education Sector

An Open Source Backup Solution for the Education Sector

Educational institutions are responsible for managing an enormous amount of critical data, ranging from student records to research data. Losing any of this data can cause significant financial and reputational damage, making it essential to have a reliable backup and recovery solution in place. Zmanda is a powerful, open-source-based solution that meets the unique needs of the education sector.

Why Open Source is Important for Educational Institutions?

One of the significant benefits of using open-source software is the flexibility and freedom it provides. Educational institutions often have limited budgets, and proprietary software can be prohibitively expensive. Open-source solutions, on the other hand, are typically free or available at a much lower cost. Zmanda is an open-source solution, which means that educational institutions can deploy it at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions.

Open-source software also allows for customization, which is critical in the education sector. Institutions have unique requirements and use cases that may not be supported by off-the-shelf solutions. With Zmanda EBR solution, institutions can customize the solution to meet their specific needs, ensuring they have a backup solution that works best for them.

Affordable Backup Solution

The education sector has a tight IT budget, and Zmanda’s affordability makes it an ideal solution. In fact, Zmanda Backup is 80% more affordable than most competitors, making it an attractive option for institutions with limited budgets. The cost savings can be significant, allowing educational institutions to allocate their limited resources more effectively.

Suitable for Traditional and Legacy Servers

Educational institutions typically have a mix of traditional and legacy servers and databases to protect. Zmanda Backup is ideally suited for this environment, supporting a wide range of servers, including physical, virtual, and cloud-based environments. The solution also supports a wide range of databases, including MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL.

Ease of Use and Administration

Zmanda EBR solution is user-friendly, with an easy-to-use web-based interface. The solution is designed to be easy to install and manage, which is essential for educational institutions with limited IT staff. Zmanda’s intuitive interface simplifies the process of setting up backup jobs and managing backups, making it easy for even non-technical staff to use.

Use Case: Rutgers University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey found a cost-effective backup solution through the assistance of Zmanda. Over the past decade, Rutgers University has been able to save tens of thousands of dollars by using Zmanda backup software. With Zmanda as their backup solution, Rutgers University started using multiple storage solutions where the data could be stored on traditional on-premise storage or cloud storage.

Zmanda provided Rutgers University with immediate cost savings and an accurate backup solution with increased storage efficiency.


The education sector has unique backup and recovery needs, and Zmanda is an excellent solution that meets those needs. As an open-source solution, it is cost-effective, customizable, and easy to use. Additionally, it supports a wide range of servers and databases, making it an ideal solution for institutions with traditional and legacy systems. With Zmanda, educational institutions can protect their critical data while also ensuring they have the budget to invest in other important areas.

If you are looking for an affordable, yet reliable backup solution for your institution, take advantage of our 14-day free trial to try out Zmanda. You can see for yourself why so many institutions are making the switch.

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