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Top Five Use Cases for Wasabi in Higher Education

Data storage and security has never been more essential than it is right now. While it is important for enterprises across industries to protect and leverage their vital data, in no industry is it more important than in higher education. The data produced by educational institutions is vast and varied: research data, digitized library assets, student and faculty information, surveillance video, and more. It is crucial that all of it is not only protected but preserved and made accessible for those that need it.

This is where Wasabi can help. The cloud is a hub for data, from where it can be stored for safekeeping to where it can be found and analyzed. As an industry that is concerned with the collection and dissemination of information, education could not be better suited for cloud adoption. Let’s take a look at some of the ways colleges and universities can leverage the cloud.

#1 Disaster Recovery

The 3-2-1 rule of backup suggests keeping three copies of your data on at least two different formats with one copy offsite. This provides multiple layers of protection against a variety of threats. The cloud makes meeting these criteria simple since it is 1) offsite, and 2) on a different format than your local copy. Should something happen to the primary copies of your data, the copies in the cloud would remain unaffected.

This is especially important for protection against ransomware. Ransomware attacks are surging, costing afflicted systems thousands and putting their valuable data in jeopardy. Educational institutions make particularly good targets as they hold not only personal information but POS system data and research materials. A thorough disaster recovery plan, especially one with offsite storage, can be a shield against ransomware, protecting your data and saving your institution thousands in ransom payments.

#2 Backup

Any institution that values its data needs to back it up; it is simply too valuable to assume that no harm will ever come to your one and only copy. System failure, hardware degradation, and human error are all threats to your data and keeping one additional copy (or, ideally, multiple copies) is the least you can do to make sure it is always there when you need it.

This is absolutely critical for research data. New insights and discoveries must be protected at all costs, and a simple backup regimen will ensure that it stays safe. Imagine the tragedy of a team of scientists losing months of work due to poor data management practices— even worse if the lost data contained potentially life-saving medical breakthroughs.

Wasabi is compliant with FERPA, ensuring your educational data is secured to all requisite specifications. Additionally, Wasabi’s immutable buckets provide further protection. No one, not even Wasabi engineers, can alter or delete the contents of these buckets.

#3 Migration to the Cloud

As the volume of data expands, traditional storage mediums struggle to keep pace. With a finite amount of available storage space, Network Attached Storage (NAS) and tape-based storage devices will inevitably fill up and require upgrading. The cloud, however, offers bottomless capacity, meaning you’ll never run out of space or perform regular, costly maintenance.

The cloud also offers long-term cost and performance benefits over traditional storage. The total cost of ownership for a self-hosted tape or disk storage array is far above what you’d pay for an equivalent amount of cloud storage, and the cloud performs backup and recovery operations magnitudes faster than tape.

As more and more colleges adopt cloud-hosted applications like Blackboard and Office365, the move to cloud storage becomes clear. These born-in-the-cloud apps would only be hampered by an archaic storage model, so keeping this data in a place where it can scale to meet demand is imperative.

#4 Surveillance

Campus security is of the utmost importance to colleges and universities. A robust surveillance system can deter crime and vandalism and record incidents as they happen. A bottomless cloud storage service ensures that the footage is never lost.

With ever-increasing camera quality and quantity, surveillance operations are producing more data than ever. Wasabi’s low cost makes meeting and exceeding data retention requirements simple and easy and allows for more footage to be stored for longer.

#5 Access and Availability

Colleges and universities are renowned as houses of learning and protectors of information. In their archives is all manner of media and references that are important to both researchers and students. Making these documents more accessible to those in the community would be a public good.

The cloud can help. Movie studios and libraries are repurposing physical media for digital consumption and using the cloud as a platform for disseminating information. Universities and colleges can do the same for their vast stores of material, bringing them out of dusty rooms and onto the Internet for all to learn from. Books, films, and periodicals can all be digitized and put in the cloud for greater ease of access and increased longevity.

Wasabi’s high speeds and low costs make it an ideal environment for storing media of any type, and our partnerships with backup applications like Veeam and Arq make preserving your data simpler and faster. Schools like Cornell University and Catawba College are already using Wasabi in this way to bolster their data protection.

Colleges and universities are places where data thrives, and it is up to the institution to protect and preserve its data. Books and periodicals, breakthrough research, and student and surveillance footage are essential, but many schools settle for on-premise storage solutions that leave this data vulnerable. With cloud adoption, colleges and universities can not only protect their data, but do more with it than ever before.

Register for Wasabi’s upcoming webinar: How Colleges and Universities Can Slash Their IT Spending

Amid ever-rising data volumes, Wasabi and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are presenting a webinar on how colleges and universities can slash their IT spending. In the presentation, Kevin Swanson, system administrator of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, will explain how Wasabi has transformed their data strategy and how your school can do the same.

Register for the webinar here.

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