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Novato Unified School District replaces legacy technology with Rubrik

Rubrik Earns High Marks for Delivering Ransomware Protection and Automation to Novato Unified School District

Located 30 miles north of San Francisco, the city of Novato is set among the rolling hills of Marin County. In addition to being a coveted place to live and work, it boasts acres of open space, making it a haven for outdoor activities of all kinds. The Novato Unified School District (NUSD), which started out as a one-room schoolhouse in 1859, today serves 7,500 students and employs 1,200 staff among its 16 schools.

Amir Kioumars, Data Systems Supervisor for NUSD, is part of the IT team of 13 that supports students and teachers.  “IT is the heart of the organization because of the processes we create and the services we provide,” Kioumars explained. “I’m part of the data team which focuses primarily on back-end data management and networking infrastructure.

When Kioumars first joined the NUSD IT team, he was surprised to learn that the district did not have a disaster recovery solution.  “Not having a DR plan in place caused me a number of sleepless nights because I knew that at any moment, we could get hit by a ransomware attack and we would be defenseless against it,” Kioumars said.   “At the district where I worked previously, we were hit twice by ransomware and were down for 10 days.  I was afraid the same thing could happen at Novato at any time.”   In addition to lacking ransomware protection that could ultimately result in business downtime, the legacy backup solution was cumbersome and risky. It required manual babysitting eating up the team’s valuable resources and also posed a concern with data inconsistency as backups weren’t routinely performed.  “It got to a point where we just had to change; the legacy solution was holding us back,” said Kioumars.  “My main goal was to have our mission-critical data backup application running 24/7 at a secure, offsite location.   And I wanted to automate it as much as possible, allowing the system to do the job faster and more reliably, freeing up my time to focus on higher value-add initiatives for the school district. That’s where Rubrik comes in.” 

“I chose Rubrik because it is an all-in-one data management solution with built-in immutability to help protect us from future ransomware threats. The product truly is a cut above others,” said Kioumars.  “From the plug-and-play implementation that had us up and running in hours to its intuitive UI, Rubrik continues to impress me with its simplicity.”

• 85% TCO over 5 years 
• Immutability from ransomware threats (saving thousands of $ of downtime)
• Instant restores (days vs. minutes)
• VMs reduced from 80 to 18 (allowing for a more maintainable VMware environment)

• Peace of mind knowing the district is protected from ransomware attacks
• An easy-to-use, automated data backup solution that is fully supported by Rubrik experts
• Time and money savings with faster restores and a less costly data backup solution

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