Wednesday, 18th September 2019
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University of Reading chooses Rubrik

Rubrik enables 90%+ faster data restores and 75% management time savings at leading UK university.

Rubrik has been selected by the University of Reading to protect more than 90% of its environment including Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Exchange, as well as Nutanix and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines. Rubrik’s solution has already allowed the university to completely migrate off tape, archive to public cloud, and significantly speed up SQL data recovery.

The University of Reading is one of the United Kingdom’s leading research universities and has been in existence for more than 150 years. Its IT team, which supports over 18,000 students and 7,000 faculty members, underpins the entire teaching experience at the university. The department delivers a broad range of services such as providing email accounts, storing data and streaming lectures.  

Having been restricted by a tape-centric legacy backup and recovery solution which was unable to protect all applications, the university wanted to shift to a different solution for reliable backup and much faster restore times, particularly for its user critical Microsoft Exchange environment. The team selected Rubrik for its speed, management simplicity and ability to support its Nutanix and Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructure.

With Rubrik’s Data Cloud Management Solution, the university has benefitted from:

  • 90%+ faster restores: For example, Microsoft SQL restores that previously took one week are now completed in 30 seconds with Rubrik. Nutanix’s VM-centric snapshots also help to quickly restore data. 
  • 75% management time savings: Previously, the team spent four hours a day managing a backup solution which only protected 10% of its environment. They are now protecting 90% of their environment but spending less than an hour on daily management.
  • 60% data reduction: Rubrik has maximized storage efficiency, leading the university to achieve 60% data reduction.
  • Policy-based management: Rubrik’s automated SLA policy engine enables the team to ‘set it and forget it’, rather than having to schedule jobs.
  • Global search for file-level restores: Rubrik’s intuitive search allows the university to perform point-in-time restores for recovery in seconds.
  • Backup to the public cloud: Using Rubrik, the university has been able to completely migrate off tape and archive to Microsoft Azure. The team has already achieved significant cost savings with Azure and has automated long-term data retention with Rubrik’s cloud integration. This integration also makes it simple to retrieve any archived documents required to respond to Freedom of Information requests, which public universities are required to fulfill.
  • Seamless integration: When Nutanix AHV is combined with Rubrik’s modern data management and backup capabilities, customers like the University of Reading can achieve faster and more reliable recoveries, flexible archival and DR to the public cloud, security, and automation at scale.
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