The Business Challenge
Clover School District works hard to prepare each student for a successful,
productive and responsible future. The district’s technology department does
its part by providing superior technical and instructional support to students,
teachers and staff.
“It goes without saying that our educational systems and data must be
available at all times,” said Matt Hoffman, director of technology at Clover
School District. “That’s why we deployed Veeam® Backup & Replication™.”
A few years later, the district embarked on an initiative called Connected
Classroom 1:1, which provides every student with a personal mobile device.
Hoffman said the district couldn’t have moved forward with the initiative
“We had to have complete confidence that our mobile device management
system — one of the most critical components of Connected Classroom —
could be backed up reliably and restored quickly in an emergency,” Hoffman
said. “Veeam gave us that confidence.”
The mobile device management system provisions software and applications
on each Apple iPad provided to elementary and middle school students and
on each MacBook provided to high school students. The system also controls
“It’s a good to know that Veeam has our back so we can ensure a safe
technology experience for our students,” Hoffman said.
Veeam had the district’s back again when South Carolina’s Department of
Education announced new requirements for standardized testing. All tests
would have to be administered online in a secure testing environment. That
meant Hoffman and his team had to turn the district’s computer labs into secure,
compliant testing environments, or the district would face financial penalties.
The Veeam and VMware Solution
The Clover School District rehabilitated its computer labs by deploying a virtual
desktop infrastructure based on the VMware Horizon® platform and VMware
vSAN™ hyper-converged storage.
VMware and Veeam have a long history of alignment and integration. Veeam
is certified as VMware Ready for vSAN, enabling the district to deploy an
integrated, highly efficient, easy-to-manage and cost-effective availability
solution for its environment.
“Because Veeam integrates fully with vSAN, we can provide a secure, compliant
and totally available online testing environment,” Hoffman said. “Once again,
Veeam and VMware have our back, giving us peace of mind that our data and
infrastructure are protected.”
Here’s how: The same mobile device management system that provisions
applications on students’ iPads and MacBooks also provisions state-mandated
testing applications to the desktops in the district’s computer labs. If the
system fails to work for whatever reason, Veeam will recover it from a backup in
minutes. Testing will not be impacted.
“If the mobile device management system can’t be restored, testing
might have to be rescheduled,” Hoffman said. “Students are anxious
enough about standardized tests, so prolonging the process would only
make them more anxious.”
Another benefit of using Veeam and vSAN is reduced hardware acquisition
costs. As a software-defined storage solution, vSAN gives Clover School District
more flexibility and control of its budget.
Veeam also provides full support for vSAN, making it easy for the district to
upgrade to the next version. Moreover, a Veeam feature called On-Demand
Sandbox™ lets the district test new vSAN versions in an isolated environment
before deploying them in production. This streamlines updates and helps Clover
School District maintain current environments.
Hoffman said the integration between Veeam and vSAN is remarkable, citing
the ease of management as a major benefit to his team. The hyper-converged
infrastructure of vSAN lets the team provision and manage storage while
leveraging the administration and storage policies of vSphere and maintaining
availability with Veeam.
“They’re great solutions independently, but they’re even better together,” he
said. “From setup to management, they’re intuitive, easy to use and reliable.
Any district concerned about the security and compliance of their online testing
environment should consider Veeam and vSAN.”
- Maintains nonstop availability of the district’s critical systems and data
“Veeam has protected the district for a very long time,” Hoffman said. “It’s
a tremendous relief to know our systems and data are being backed up
reliably and securely.”
- Delivers a highly scalable, more integrated and efficient
Veeam’s unique backup and recovery options for vSAN allowed Clover
School District to deploy a hyper-converged, flash-optimized storage
architecture that can scale to meet the district’s needs.
“vSAN gives us the ability to scale our storage environment to meet the
future needs of the district,” Hoffman said. “Knowing Veeam’s certified
availability is there to protect our current and future needs allows me and
my entire team to sleep soundly each night.”
- Facilitates a secure, compliant online environment for standardized testing
VMware and Veeam helped the district turn its computer labs into secure,
compliant testing environments.
“It was laughably easy to set up vSAN and Veeam because there’s very little to
configure,” Hoffman said. “That’s how well they integrate together.”