Northern Gateway Public Schools select SonicWALL continuous data protection

SonicWALL, a provider of intelligent network security and data protection
solutions, announced that Northern Gateway Public Schools’ Regional Division
No. 10 has standardized on SonicWALL’s Continuous Data Protection (CDP)
solution for backup and disaster recovery.

Northern Gateway selected SonicWALL to protect vital school records
and meet increasing regulatory mandates with a comprehensive and streamlined
backup and disaster recovery solution. The SonicWALL CDP 6.0 solution provides
disaster recovery protection for all of the division’s satellite school

“Our biggest vulnerability across all school sites was the lack of
disaster recovery protection to safeguard our school records from a site
disaster or severe hardware failure,” said Malcolm Heaven, IT director at
Northern Gateway Public Schools.

Northern Gateway’s IT department manages network data and applications for
approximately 5,200 students, 350 faculty members, 55 administrators and across
92 servers distributed over 18 school sites across Division No. 10. Schools
range from an 11-student one-room schoolhouse to a 700-student junior/senior
high school in the Alberta province.

Northern Gateway decided to replace its existing system with a backup and
recovery solution that could increase reliability, streamline administration,
easily track what has been backed up and comply with government policy

With the help of Office Solutions (OSI) of Calgary, Northern Gateway
implemented a multi-site backup and centralized disaster recovery environment
to ensure the Northern Gateway division would be fully protected.

The SonicWALL CDP allowed Northern Gateway to retire its incumbent tape-based
backup solution. Using the SonicWALL CDP 5040 and CDP 6080, the school’s
digital records are now continuously backed up locally as well as replicated
continually offsite as part of a multi-level data protection strategy.

SonicWALL CDP solutions centrally backup 9 terabytes of data from across the
division, including data for its Microsoft applications, mission-critical
student information system, a Linux-based financial system, a first-class
collaboration system and the Polycom conferencing system comprised of database,
Web and application servers.

“Now, we are no longer concerned about data loss. We recently had a flood
at the central office and endured cleanup fees in excess of $30,000. With
SonicWALL CDP, we were able to instantly recover all the data from all the
schools,” Heaven added.

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