The Pennington School
School Saves Thousands by Consolidating Data Protection and Recovery with Axcient
The Pennington School has been educating and mentoring students grades 6-12, encouraging them to become their best selves and to lead a life of service and integrity, since 1838. Pennington encourages students to immerse themselves in its excellent academic program while exploring the arts, athletics, and community service.
As the Director of Technology at The Pennington School, Ken Coakley is responsible for ensuring the protection of Pennington’s IT infrastructure. He is working with more than 3TB of data and 30 virtual servers running on three hosts. Each department has critical applications that are used day-to-day and Coakley needs to make sure to provide business continuity.
“The Pennington School is a forward-looking institution that is adopting iPads and other technologies to give students and teachers the tools they need for a world-class education so it’s imperative that our IT infrastructure is available at all times,” Coakley said.
The Challenge of Multiple Backup Products
When Coakley joined the team, Pennington was using multiple backup products that were stitched together and proved to be costly. Data was being backed up with Symantec Backup Exec to tape on a Quantum device, and the tape was then sent off to Iron Mountain for offsite storage and archival. For virtual machines, Veeam was used to provide server replication.
“It’s amazing how much time and resources were consumed to support this system,” Coakley said. “The cost was high and the man hours were tedious – not to mention the additional costs of having to retrieve a tape back from Iron Mountain in case of a disaster.”
In total, the cost for the multiple vendors was extravagant and included additional monthly consultation fees to maintain and extract data from Symantec Backup Exec. Coakley knew it was time for a change.
“A noticeable chunk of the IT team’s time went to day-to-day management of Symantec Backup Exec, which took away time from other important tasks,” Coakley said. “The first thing I did was get rid of Backup Exec; I wanted something more streamlined – an all-in-one solution.”