Making the Grade - Data Storage for Education
Schools and Colleges face a data challenge
IT service professionals working with education are facing data storage challenges. Schools need more access to secure, reliable data storage options. The modern server room for schools needs to:
- Meet the necessary environmental standards for data protection, cooling and fire safety
- Meet the necessary privacy requirements when storing data
- Reduce energy costs and reduce carbon footprint
- Provide a safe and stable environment for on-site data
IT services college growing pains
The Hutchins School is the preeminent boy’s school in Hobart, Tasmania. The private school has approximately 1000 students and 250 staff on a single campus. The School also has two satellite locations catering to an outdoor education program. The students and staff needed a durable solution that could outlive the growing pains of evolving technology and school studies.
The server room rite of passage has passed
The problem was the Hutchins School began to outgrow the current server room environment. The aging server room was energy inefficient. The existing server room’s cooling systems consumed large amounts of power to compensate for fluctuations in humidity and temperature within the room.
The Hutchins School uses a typical hybrid cloud storage solution. All data is stored on-site and then is backed up intermittently to an off-site data centre. However, the older, on-site server rooms were not keeping up with the changing data protection requirements.