Retrospect Backup is trusted by educational institutions all over the world, from Harvard and MIT to public schools to day cares.
Designed for Small Groups
Retrospect Backup is designed for small groups with limited IT staff, with set-and-forget strategies like ProactiveAI.
Protection for Every Machine
With one copy of Retrospect Backup, you can protect your entire environment, from servers to desktops and laptops to network shares.
Discounts for Education
We offer significant discounts for educational environments.
Low-Field Imaging Laboratory at Harvard Medical School Protects 80TB with Retrospect Backup
“I'm a physicist, not an IT person. Retrospect just works really well.”
Matthew Rosen, Director, Low-Field Imaging Laboratory in MGH Martinos Center
Harvard Medical School – Education
Cardiovascular Research Institute at University of California at San Francisco Protects 100 TBs with Retrospect Backup
“We protect over 100 TB for labs with budgets only for tape. Retrospect Backup makes it work.”
Dennis McGovern, Programmer Analyst Supervisor at Cardiovascular Research Institute
UC San Francisco – Education
Retrospect Backup Helps Cardinal Newman High School Recover from California Wildfire
“I got a knock on the door at 5:00 AM to evacuate my house. I picked up my computer, a personal hard drive, and the school's Retrospect backups on a different hard drive. Half the school burned down that day.”
Dirk Bietau, IT Director
Cardinal Newman High School – Education
Why Back Up Your Computers?
Developing a good backup strategy is a necessary part of every IT plan, and districts, departments, and labs are no exception. Servers, desktops, and laptops are too important to take for granted, until something happens. Those computers need data insurance because lost work and downtime are too expensive to downplay or ignore.
Let's walk through a couple of common rationales against a good backup strategy.
We use Dropbox.
Dropbox is a great tool for keeping your group in sync, and it can seem reasonable to treat it as your backup system as well. Until you lose an endpoint.
Users focus on getting their work done, not ensuring every file they need is in Dropbox. It might be on their Desktop or in Downloads. They might be waiting to move it into Dropbox until it’s ready for others to see, because Dropbox is excellent at alerting everyone when a file changes.
Losing a set of document represents an opportunity cost for your and your group. That user must spend days or weeks recreating work they already did, and that’s not including the downtime for reconstructing the user’s personalized environment. How much is two days of their time worth?
Dropbox is a file syncing tool, not a data protection strategy. Learn more about the four ways Dropbox can fail and how Retrospect Backup makes endpoint protection easy.
We image endpoints.
Imaging tools help you quickly deploy a complete environment to a set of endpoints. By maintaining a single image, you can ensure every environment has the necessary updates and applications without manually managing every instance.
If user only use their endpoints for web-based work or editing documents that reside on a server, you’re all set. But if users have a personalized environment or do local work, you’re susceptible to downtime and lost work. Reimaging might only take an hour, but recreating work or simply a personalized environment takes days or weeks.
Retrospect Backup works well in tandem with imaging tools. You can use the base image as the template and then protect only the user’s folder, where their work and application settings are stored. When something does happen, you can reimage then restore, with minimal downtime and no lost work.
We don't have time.
You don’t have the luxury of time. Every day counts when you’re building something new, and you have far fewer people than work to be done.
That’s why backup is so important. If you feel short on time now, imagine losing your main laptop. Life happens. It’s a matter of when, not if.
You have insurance for your car, your house, your health, and your business. Your data deserves insurance too. Retrospect Backup takes a couple minutes to set up. When life happens, you can click Restore and move on.
We can't afford it.
Every dollar counts for a small group, and you need to choose how to allocate your limited budget.
Think about how much your time or your staff’s time is worth. Salaries are a significant part of any budget. Downtime and lost work is expensive. They represent an opportunity cost to the group.
Retrospect Backup is a trusted solution for business backup, and we offer an educational discount.