Gillett School District Relies on Unitrends for Fast, Reliable Data Backups

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Wisconsin Education System Protects Critical Information with Unitrends Data Protection D2D Appliance

Support is extremely helpful and timely.

Unitrends, the leader in affordable, heterogeneous, vertically integrated, disk-based all-in-one data protection appliances, today announced that Gillett School District, a kindergarten through grade 12 school district which includes parochial schools, military academies and secondary schools that provide academic and technical courses in Wisconsin, relies on a Unitrends for reliable, easy-to-use backup and archiving.

Before March of 2007, when Gillett began using Unitrends, the school district had problems recovering files quickly and easily or even recovering files at all. Tim Rysewyk, computer technician for Gillett School District, was worried that unreliable tape solution would not only be problematic with slow backups, but he was also concerned the tapes would not protect the important operating systems for Gillett’s student and financial software.

In 2007, Gillett’s decision to change to Unitrends solved the problems of their slow, unreliable tape solution.

“I needed to have a reliable fast recovery solution, and Unitrends offers all that you need,” said Rysewyk. “Its reliable, fast solution makes it easy to recover files from backups. There are no more tapes to worry about and Unitrends makes backing up servers a snap.”

Unitrends is successfully backing up Windows Server 2003 Standard and Windows 2003 Exchange, and vital student and financial software, all with the outstanding support service praised by Rysewyk.

“The Unitrends’ support team really knows the product inside and out and helped in every situation we needed,” said Rysewyk. “Support is extremely helpful and timely.”

After implementing Unitrends, Gillett School District now enjoys daily disk-to-disk (D2D) file backups that are much faster and more reliable than what the old tape backup solution provided. The company also performs archiving using the Unitrends solution with archive disks that are rotated offsite, keeping the original backups on the Unitrends appliance for speedy disaster recovery when needed.

“Unitrends is pleased to provide Gillett School District with the data protection solution that is critical to their business,” said Maria Ellison, senior vice president, support, Unitrends. “Education and municipal customers cannot commit to IT solutions with uncertain year-to-year support costs and an unstable infrastructure. Unitrends prides itself on the service and support that is needed to provide piece of mind for data protection services and we are proud to have Gillett use our products and services.”

For more information, please view the complete Gillett School District Success Story.

About Unitrends
Small and medium businesses have the same critical reliance on the integrity of their data as enterprises, but often can’t afford the operational expenditure of a dedicated staff or the capital expenditure of replacing their IT infrastructure. Unitrends provides enterprise-level data protection, at the lowest total cost of ownership in the industry, through a family of scalable disk-based data protection appliances that integrate and protect existing heterogeneous computer and storage systems through a single, intuitive, graphical user interface.

Unitrends uses a common backup and recovery engine for providing protection for over 100 different versions of operating systems and applications. This means you can support various versions of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware, Sun Solaris, Novell OES, Novell Netware, Novell GroupWise, Novell eDirectory, Linux, FreeBSD, Apple MacOS X, IBM pSeries/AIX, HP HP-UX, SCO UnixWare, SCO OpenServer, IBM iSeries/OS400, and SGI IRIX on notebooks, PCs, workstations, and servers and on DAS, NAS, or SAN storage – all using a single backup appliance.

Information about Unitrends can be found at

A virtual appliance free trial is also available for download.


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