Case studies

Stanchester Academy

Solutions Mitigate Risk
Services Resilience
Sector Education
Platforms Veeam

Stanchester Academy provides comprehensive education for students aged 11-16 from Stoke-sub-Hamdon in Somerset and its surrounding villages. The School offers an excellent environment in which all students can excel, and caters for 800 pupils and over 100 teaching and support staff. The Stanchester Academy site is surrounded by open countryside which provides excellent opportunities for environmental studies and fieldwork.


When the Stanchester Academy ICT team began reviewing their backup strategy following a VMware vSphere server virtualisation, they noticed their distinct need for a backup solution to efficiently restore newly-created VMs on demand.

They had adopted a phased approach to server virtualisation, which began with replacing the Academy’s SQL/SIMS server in early 2012. They were operating 3 VMware vSphere ESX hosts, managing 8 VMs. All their critical infrastructure and applications, including email and communications would require efficient and effective backup.


Stanchester Academy approached SysGroup for a consultation to review their backup and replication options, and find the most-effective solution. After a successful evaluation, their ICT team chose the Veeam Backup and Replication solution.