Syncrify Introduction

Backup solution for schools and universities

Educational organizations depend upon on-demand data systems as the lifeblood of business operations, from student and faculty records to professional research and content, to administrative applications and much more. Loss of data can prove costly for institutes of education, such as the loss of laptop or desktop data for staff and faculty or database servers containing records, exams, or research data. In general, while the term "disaster recovery" typically invokes the image of a network-wide loss of data, in reality it is localized data losses that are not only disastrous but are easily preventable.

Problem with tape backups

In a distributed computing environment such as a wide network across campuses and remote offices, tape backup is traditionally used to protect only data residing on application servers and mission-critical machines, leaving network desktop and laptop data either relying on varying interdepartmental IT practices or, worse yet, completely unprotected. The outdated tape backup format dictates this limited scope of data protection, and in addition carries inherent risk even for protected machines:
  • Tape backup is unreliable, with recovery failure rates as high as 20% to 50%
  • Backup tapes are physically vulnerable to damage or theft
  • Tape backup is costly to administer, with labor-intensive backup and recovery
When it comes to the data protection needs of education professionals, tape backup simply doesn?t meet the requirements of organizations that may have many offices in multiple departments and campuses with vital information.

Backup strategy

Often companies use either tape backups or online backup services offerred third-party companies on the Internet. These approaches often come with limitations and problems.

Problems with tape backups

Unreliable
Tape is unreliable, with failure rates as high as 20% to 50% for data recoveries. The biggest challenge with tape backups is that often administrators don't know if they have a good backup that can be restored until they actually have to restore one, which is often too late.
Vulnerable
Backup tapes remain vulnerable to physical damage or theft. Most of the time tapes are stored in the same room where the actual machine is phyisically located and has a potential of getting destroyed in case of a fire.
Labor-intensive
Tape backup is slow, labor-intensive and results in large backup windows, costing your firm productivity and profitability from the administrative overhead

Problems with online backup services

Privacy concerns
The biggest challenge with any online backup service is privacy. Since every online backup service store files to third party networks, there is always a possibility of unauthorized access to the confidential information you treasure. In fact, some backup service providers have no guarantee that stored data will be kept private - for example, from employees.

If you are concerned with privacy, the only way to be 100% sure is if your files never leave your network.
Cost
Most online backup service charge a monthly fee, which may depend upon the storage size and number of users accessing it. Although this cost is minimal in the begining, it can significantly grow when you add more data.

It is also possible that a remote backup service provider could go out of business or be purchased, which may affect the accessibility of one's data or the cost to continue using the service.
Network
Every backup service require Internet access. Although this is not an issue during normal operations, you may not able to backup or restore files if the Internet is down or slow. Imagine restoring gigabytes of data over a slow Internet connection. It could take days before you can have access to every client file.

A better solution

Privacy concerns
Your backed up files stay in your network. No third party company will ever get involved in handling your files. For added security, you can even use encryption to prevent unauthorized access within your company.
Cost
Syncrify is a product, not a service. This means you pay once and use if for ever. Since backups are done on your machine and network, there no usage cost - backup as much as you like without spending a single dime. It could be in terabytes and you still pay a small one-time fee. Check the pricing page for details.
Always available
Files stay within your network. You can certainly use the Internet to backup files between offices that are physically located in different areas. The bottom line is they stay available to your 24/7, whenever you need them.
Unattended backups
Once Syncrify is setup, backups occur automatically without any human interaction. You can run backups every night at a given time after they leave and network activity is at minimum. Users can optionally get emails confirming a successful job.

Using Syncrify

Follow the steps below to install Syncrify.
  • Designate a machine to hold backed up data, download and install Syncrify Server. We also recommend watching a video on this subject.
  • Using the server's web interface, create a new user.
  • Connect to the server's web interface from the client machine. This accomplishes two tasks: ensures the client can see the server and displays a download link to install client.
  • Download and install Syncrify client
  • User the server's URL in Syncrify client and the user you created earlier to make your first backup.
  • Optionally, watch a video to how the advanced features in Syncrify client.

Need help?

We understand installing client and servers is not your core business and you would rather spend time in solving your client's problems than tweaking around with a software product. When you use Syncrify, help is just a phone call away. Give us a call and we will help you install and configure Syncrify on your network.

If you or your institution wants to implement a more reliable backup and disaster recovery strategy while reducing costs, contact us today. Download Syncrify today and see how easy it is to implement and protect your most valued assets.

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