Crown Point Community School Corporation
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Crown Point Community School Corporation (CPSC) depends on its systems to manage its financial operations, keep student records, route school busses, and more. If it relied solely on tape-based backups to protect that data, recovery times would be lengthy. What’s more, because backup jobs are typically run nightly, up to 24-hours worth of data may be missing from the most recent backup tape.
Systems are essential to every enterprise whether it’s a for-profit business, a charity, a government agency or department, or an educational organization. And every enterprise has a critical need to protect data and keep it available. The Crown Point Community School Corporation (CPSC) is no exception.
A number of people depend on the data in CPSC’s systems. Through a variety of online systems, parents and students can access data via the Web and counselors at the school can
do scheduling online, among other applications. If there is a problem, people notice. In the past, within five minutes of the system going down, more than 40 parents called in to complain. As a result, CPSC set an objective of always being able to be back online within no more than 15 minutes.
In addition, CPSC is regularly audited by the State of Indiana. A recent state audit identified the need for a better backup plan for CPSC’s data.
CPSC evaluated a variety of options for improving data protection and availability. Included in the consideration set was everything from maintaining a single production system, but moving backup data offsite faster than it was then doing, through to implementing high availability software to maintain real-time replica data and applications on a hot-standby backup server at a remote location.