School consortium data center benefits from Unitrends backup.
March 11, 2021

School consortium data center benefits from Unitrends backup.

Robert Frost | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • Unitrends Backup Software

Overall Satisfaction with Unitrends Data Center Backup and Recovery

We operate a data center that is shared by 26 school districts. We have a primary SAN site, a replica SAN site, and a backup site all connected via private fiber. The backup site consists of 2 hosts and central storage that is dedicated to backup processing/storage. We use Unitrends for this purpose. Each of our districts has [its] own UEB instance running with storage allocated to them and each can login and manage their own backup jobs and UEB as a whole.
  • Allows us to spin up as many UEBs as we need at no additional cost.
  • Relatively small processing and RAM footprint required.
  • Good daily reporting on backup job status.
  • Figuring out how to clear up space on the appliance, old servers, etc.
  • Easier to read logs in case issues arise.
  • When updating the appliance something that better indicates where you are in the update process, are you at 1% or 99% instead of just a spinning wheel that sometimes doesn't refresh properly?
  • Allowed our schools to share the cost of a centralized backup system at a low cost.
  • Hardware independent allowed us to use some old servers for minimal entry cost.

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I've used VEAM before in a few instances, I didn't find it to be terribly user friendly and at the time we made our decision it would have been very cost-prohibitive.
[Unitrends Data Center Backup and Recovery is] well suited for a shared data center like ours to allow for individual appliances without needing to figure out a single solution and managing permissions and storage within. Also works very well with a virtualized environment allowing for quick backups/restores by snapshot while still allowing for file-level recovery, folder-based backup, [SQL-based] backups, etc.

Unitrends Feature Ratings

Universal recovery
Instant recovery
Recovery verification
Business application protection
Not Rated
Multiple backup destinations
Incremental backup identification
Backup to the cloud
Not Rated
Deduplication and file compression