Albeda College is an educational institute that serves 20,000 students across 35 sites around Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Renowned for quality vocational education, Albeda’s IT infrastructure must be as reliable and flawless as their teacher’s instruction.
According to Robert Roos, Albeda’s IT manager, “Albeda is committed to delivering business-driven IT services with superior stability and security. We needed a highly efficient, resilient and stable data center”
The IT team decided to bring its outsourced IT infrastructure in-house and move to Nutanix Enterprise Cloud, a hyperconverged platform that consolidates storage, server, virtualization and networking resources and is very easy to manage.
When it became clear that the backup product Albeda had been using was too complex to maintain and consumed too many server and storage resources, they began looking for a new solution.
Roos said, “Data protection is extremely important for Albeda College. It safeguards our core assets and plays a key role in ensuring business continuity.”
After evaluating several products, Albeda chose HYCU for Nutanix. HYCU is the only purpose-built backup and recovery software solution for Nutanix. Not only does it preserve Nutanix simplicity with native integration and a hypervisor-agnostic architecture that includes AHV, you can learn it in less than four minutes, deploy in less than three, recover in two and begin backing up in one. Albeda uses HYCU with its Nutanix environment, which includes 20 nodes and about 116 virtual machines and supports a variety of infrastructure and business applications.
Simple and Easy to Use
“HYCU integrates seamlessly with the Nutanix platform. It was simple and fast to implement and very easy to use. HYCU’s attractive licensing and excellent 24x7 support made a great value,” Roos said.
Albeda also began directing backups to Microsoft Azure, eliminating the need for onsite hardware for intermediate storage. By using 100 percent less hardware for staging backups, Albeda’s IT department significantly lowered its hardware infrastructure costs by 400.000 € to start.
Cut Administrative Overhead
“Because of HYCU’s intuitive user interface, there was no steep learning curve or complex training needed. Sharing knowledge across our IT organization was easy. We save a lot of time on an ongoing basis as well. By eliminating storage hardware, we were able to cut the hours spent maintaining our backup environment by 50 percent. This frees our team for other important projects,” Roos explained.
Albeda’s backup windows are much smaller now, as well, as a result of implementing HYCU. Now that HYCU backs up their VMs in real-time in the cloud, Albeda’s backup speed has more than doubled.
“Since introducing HYCU, our backup processes have run flawlessly,” Roos said.