How to prepare your organisation for the era of cloud-enabled education

Martin Brown, UKI, Middle East and Africa director at Rubrik, discusses how universities can solve their data issue

We all have a data problem. And nowhere is it more prevalent than in the education sector.

As the amount of workloads, apps and data explodes, managing it has become more challenging than ever for UK schools, colleges and universities. Alongside that, the removal of the student number caps and launch of the Office for Students regulator has created increased competition for attracting students.

This has only helped increase the problem of an already daunting task faced by educators: preparing for the new era of cloud-enabled education to attract the digital native era of students.

As tech has quickly become teaching’s backbone, so too has an expectation that many education IT departments will provide always-on services for students and staff. While in the past, tech outages were a bit of a nuisance, now they can have far-reaching consequences, costing money, turning off potential students and sometimes leading to staff being dismissed.

With so much riding on IT in this climate, innovative systems are critical in order to stay competitive, reduce the likelihood of outages and provide IT teams with more control over their valuable data.

So what’s the answer?

With an organisation’s environment becoming ever more dispersed – either in using public and private cloud (hybrid), or multiple public cloud vendors such as Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Cloud (multi-cloud) – managing it can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle. You no longer have automatic visibility into all of your organisation’s apps, workloads and data.

Added to this, as ransomware continues to plague universities, the UK’s educational organisations know that backups are often the last line of defence.

To help manage this tough task, cloud data management platforms can help with the accessibility, visibility and backing up of data across multiple data centres and cloud environments. Here are a few UK universities who we’ve helped to solve their data issue:

Cranfield University

As the UK’s only postgraduate university, Cranfield is under pressure to offer a 24/7 agile digital service for its students. Since working with Rubrik, it is now able to protect its legacy, virtual and cloud networks across Microsoft SQL, Oracle and VMware. It’s also been able to integrate with Microsoft Azure, reducing – in total – the university’s backup management time by 83% and data centre footprint by 75%.

As tech has quickly become teaching’s backbone, so too has an expection of always-on services for students and staff.

Canterbury Christ Church University

CCCU needed an easily scalable backup solution to keep up with its growing user demand and seamlessly fit into its aggressive hybrid cloud strategy. Low operational costs, scalability, quick deployment and API and VMware integration were key drivers for the university in choosing Rubrik’s cloud data management solution to manage their data backup. The university anticipates it will be able to save valuable management time by significantly reducing its team’s time spent on backups.

The University of Reading

The university now works with Rubrik to protect over 90% of its environment, including Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Exchange, Nutanix and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines. Our technology has enabled the university to completely migrate from tape and archive to public cloud. With 90% faster data restores, 60% data reduction and 75% management time savings, the university’s IT team have considerably reduced their daily backup load, allowing them to spend more time delivering more innovative services.

Whether it’s taking the load off your IT team or strengthening your defence against ransomware attacks, cloud data management can provide your organisation with the peace of mind that your apps, workloads and data is safe, whilst making it easier to manage than ever before.

Interested in learning more about how Rubrik has worked with UK educational organisations? Read our detailed case study on the University of Reading at