The business challenge
Parul University aims to provide enriching university experiences to its
students, drawing on the latest technology to set itself apart from other
educational institutions. In recent years, the organization has introduced
new digital resources to complement face-to-face teaching.
“At Parul University, learning is not limited to the classroom,” said
Snehalkumar Darji, Chief Technology Officer, Parul University. “We use
digital learning spaces, including Google classroom, Microsoft Teams, Jitsy
and Zoom, to extend education to students wherever they are, whenever
they want. We continue to invest in AI-based assessment to make the
examination process more convenient to students and faculty.”
This put Parul University in a strong position to respond when the global
pandemic prevented students, faculty and staff travelling to campus.
However, the sudden switch to collective online learning sent data volumes
soaring, placing unprecedented pressure on the institution’s data protection
solution, just when it was needed the most.
“We saw our data double from 100PB to 200PB in 12 months,” said Snehalkumar
Darji. “We cannot afford to lose or delay access to any data, as that would
threaten the quality of education that we provide and our reputation for
excellence. In particular, we wanted to ensure non-stop access to our
examination portal, where 28,000 students take evaluations weekly, quarterly
and annually. It was vital that we stepped up our data protection measures.”
The Veeam solution
Parul University selected Veeam® Backup & Replication™ Enterprise Plus
to transform its data protection strategy, helping to ensure continuity of
service for the organization’s new online offerings. The university worked
with Allot Systems Integration to evaluate and deploy the solution.
“We chose the Veeam solution because it combines simple management with
advanced functionality,” said Snehalkumar Darji. “Working with Allot Systems
Integration, we carried out a PoC with impressive results, before carrying out
a full deployment in just two days with no impact to staff or students.”
Using Veeam Backup & Replication, Parul University was able to replicate
data across its entire physical and virtual environment for the first
time. The solution backs up data from essential applications, including
the university’s learning management system, ERP and examination portal.
“We’ve introduced a new layer of protection for all the systems that enable
day-to-day running of the university,” said Snehalkumar Darji. “Rather than
prioritizing and classifying which data is truly essential, we can back up
everything from a single, intuitive point of control. Before, we checked that
backups had completed successfully manually. Now our backup success rate
has increased from 80 or 90% to almost 100% and we get an automated
daily report with that information.”
By restoring data faster with Veeam, Parul University is helping to ensure
that students can access a high quality of education remotely, 24/7.
The innovative institution is confident that the Veeam platform will evolve
alongside its digital offerings.
“To stand out in the crowded education sector, you have to embrace
innovation,” said Snehalkumar Darji. “With Veeam protecting our data, we
have the solid foundations to continue developing digitally empowered
learning for our students. Veeam Backup & Replication has so many great
built-in features, we’re convinced that it will cover all eventualities as Parul
University takes on the next challenge.”
- Enables superb availability for the online examination portal, where
28,000 students take tests weekly
Using Veeam technology, Parul University rose to the challenge posed
by the global pandemic to enable seamless remote learning for tens of
thousands of students.
- Cuts data restore times from up to two hours to as little as 15 minutes,
increasing business resilience
Parul University protects students, faculty and staff from interruptions to
their work by providing non-stop access to essential data.
- Contributes to the university’s competitive edge by saving the backup
administrator 20 hours per month, now diverted to IT innovation
The university is applying spare IT resources to set up an on-premises
hyperconverged infrastructure private cloud, enabling exciting new
features for examinations, assessments and online learning.