Many dangers threaten to corrupt school district data or impede access to it. To prevent loss of information, school districts back up data routinely, on location and off-site.
They use a tiered approach, moving data between high-cost backup services that offer more immediate access and lower-cost solutions for archival storage. But new devices and lower-priced cloud offerings mean districts no longer have to trade access for cost.
And, in addition to data, districts need to back up the operating systems and applications that reside on their servers in the event they are incapacitated. Backing up and then restoring it all is easier when the servers are virtualized, experts say.