Commvault Helps the University of Melbourne to Protect Critical Data

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The University of Melbourne Protects Critical Faculty Data with Commvault

Australia’s number one university ensures data availability, reduces costs, and supports growth with centralized backup and recovery platform

The challenge

  • Centralize critical data protection for a number of schools and faculties
  • Reduce the complexity of managing multiple backup services
  • Increase scalability to protect on-premise data as university grows

The solution

  • Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery consolidates four services into one centralized data protection solution
  • Protects critical enterprise, research, and faculty data across multiple applications and platforms
  • Commvault’s Professional Services team helped to scope the solution and provides ongoing support

The benefits

  • Minimizes hardware and software costs with 90% deduplication ratio
  • Supports 3x data growth by expanding with pre-determined building blocks of compute and storage
  • Enables 100% full backups within defined time periods
  • Enables IT team to focus on extracting greater business value from data instead of managing storage and backup

Case Study University of Melbourne

Industry: Higher education

Headquarters: Melbourne, Australia

Grow securely, quickly, and cost-effectively

50,000-plus students. 3 petabytes of protected data. 2,500 virtual machines. The University of Melbourne isn’t just Australia’s top university; it’s an information powerhouse. And the volume of data it needs to store and protect keeps growing. With Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery, the University can achieve 100% enterprise data backups while reducing operational costs.

The University of Melbourne makes distinctive contributions to society through its research and learning programs. Before implementing Commvault, the University used multiple backup solutions. When the existing platforms reached end of life, the university seized the opportunity to review its data protection landscape. The University selected Commvault to replace four legacy backup environments after assessing a number of solutions from other data protection vendors.

enterprise data backups achieved

Free up resources for strategic projects

Since implementing Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery in 2015, the Enterprise Platform team has seen the volume of data requiring protection triple to three petabytes. But with a validated design and expansion model in place, expanding the environment to meet the extra demand was straightforward.

The team put the solution’s scalability to the test from day one, backing up 1 petabyte of data in the first roll out. By using deduplication features, the University can compress this data, which comes from a variety of sources, including centralized file shares, databases, virtual machines, and physical servers. With the deduplication ratio hitting 90%, the solution is delivering significant cost savings.

A centralized approach means IT managers spend less time overseeing data protection and more time focusing on big-picture projects that will support the University’s growth.

Support from the Commvault’s Professional Services team and engineers has been critical to realizing these efficiency and cost savings. The team has helped with everything from scoping and sizing the solution to visiting the University to talk through upgrades and run health checks. With Commvault, the University of Melbourne can protect a significant volume and variety of data.


The University of Melbourne in numbers

  • 50,270 students
  • 8,500+ full-time employees
  • 10 petabyte data research systems
  • 1 petabyte data enterprise system

The backup environment

  • Commvault Complete™ Backup & Recovery
  • VMware virtual machines
  • SQL and Oracle databases
  • Linux and Windows servers
  • Multiple NAS environments

deduplication ratio delivers cost savings

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