Education - Research

Schools, further education, higher education and university research departments are naturally rich in data.  There is administrative, research and curriculum data being produced and stored on computers on an increasing basis.

A school with one thousand students can have enormous amounts of data produced by the students themselves.  Even if restricted to say a few MB each, that make enormous size of data for a school to deal with.  This is to be added to the less voluminous yet important administrative data concerning staff and school management.

Both further education and higher education establishments have similar issues to schools, with higher volumes and often multiple locations to manage.  And the very nature of a university research department creates knowledge, which is founded in the data stored on computers. 

Confidentiality and security are key demands.  For a school to lose the project work of a pupil would be disruptive.  For a university to lose years of research work would be a tragedy.

In a similar way to a commercial organization, schools and colleges have little time to deal with tape based backup.  There is rarely a dedicated IT person in smaller schools or colleges and, in larger establishments, there are too many projects to be completed to waste time on backup.

A bonus for most education establishments however is the availability broad band access - often with capacities exceeding many commercial organizations.

How vulnerable is your data?
Viruses, Hackers and Spyware
Not long ago, computer viruses, hackers and spyware were of interest only to businesses with sensitive data and to IT professionals. Now these items routinely make front page news. Any computer connected to the Internet is exposed to these dangers and the data loss that accompanies them.

Hard Drive and Hardware Failures
Hard drives store more data, are smaller and are cheaper than ever.  But all hard drives will eventually fail.  Hard drives are simply not designed to last forever. Of course, unfortunately, you can never predict when they will fail.
Natural Disasters and Theft
Most of us have insurance to protect our homes from disasters such as fires and floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.  But what's protecting your data?  Anything that can damage your home, can destroy your computer and the information that it stores.   And on top of natural disaster, we live in a world today where terrorism and theft must be considered. 
Human Error
Even if such disasters don't strike and we all hope they don't, we humans aren't perfect either. Most of us have at one point or another accidentally deleted a file or had a file overwritten. 
Backing up is the only way to properly protect your valuable data!
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