The business challenge
Kozminski University is known worldwide as a leading destination for business study and research. To maintain its first-rate reputation, the organization invests continually in optimizing the learning experience for students, faculty and researchers. Kozminski University recognized that rapid, reliable access to data plays a key role in users’ productivity.
“We store all the university’s data in a secure Microsoft Azure public cloud environment,” said Dariusz Wronikowski, IT Director at Kozminski University. “From student work to research findings, the importance of this data cannot be overstated. Tutors, students and research teams rely on our IT services to collaborate more than ever.”
As reliance on technology increased at Kozminski University, the organization’s IT team faced new challenges. Most users connected to the university with their own devices, introducing potential security vulnerabilities. When the global pandemic hit, a sudden rise in remote working put additional pressure on the organization’s IT services. The IT team decided that deploying a more powerful data protection solution could help mitigate some of these risks.
“Before, we used the Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager tool built into Microsoft Azure to run and manage backups, but it was failing to meet our needs,” said Wronikowski. “Often, we encountered errors when creating or verifying backups. We weren’t confident that we could use the previous solution to copy or restore data adequately in the event of a disaster, so we kicked off a search for an alternative.”
The Veeam solution
Kozminski University engaged long-term partner Senetic to perform a rigorous audit of data protection solutions in the market. After detailed tests, the university decided to deploy Veeam® Backup & Replication™.
“Our selection criteria included stability, performance and scalability,” said Wronikowski. “Security was also crucial. Veeam Backup & Replication emerged as the most competitive option.” Senetic deployed the Veeam solution in less than four weeks, before conducting training sessions for the organization’s IT team. Kozminski University now backs up its entire IT environment daily, storing backups in the Microsoft Azure cloud.
“Implementation of Veeam Backup & Replication was very smooth,” said Wronikowski. “During the entire process, there was just one small issue with one of our servers, which was resolved quickly and efficiently. Senetic demonstrated just how easy it is to manage backups and replicate data using Veeam. The Senetic team went above and beyond to make sure everything worked perfectly.” Kozminski University had the opportunity to see the Veeam solution in action when an incident brought down its IT services. With help from Senetic, the organization was able to recover quickly and easily.
“As soon as we discovered an outage, we alerted Senetic,” recalled Wronikowski. “They were able to restore all necessary data from a Veeam backup unbelievably fast — I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. Keeping the university’s data available at all times is a huge responsibility, but with Veeam and Senetic in place I have complete peace of mind that we can rise to the challenge.”
- Cut time for data recovery by 50%, contributing to the university’s edge over the competition “When another large university in Poland had a problem with their IT systems, it delayed their student recruitment process by two weeks,” said Wronikowski. “In contrast, we can use Veeam technology to restore backups and fix problems within hours, maintaining our reputation for excellence.”
- Reduced backup times by more than 60% and maintenance effort for backup systems by at least 70% Kozminski University cut the risk of backups overrunning and affecting operations, while saving time that the IT team can spend on optimizing user experiences.
- Increased backup success rate by at least 50%, guarding against data loss With data replicating successfully, the university’s students, faculty and researchers can continue their work without interruption