Case Study: Simplifying Backup Management for K-12 Clients

Kearney R-I School District is a public-school system located in Clay County, Missouri.  Kearney employ’s 440 staff members and serves over 3,500 students. The School District operates an early childhood center, four elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high, and one high school.   

Kearney’s IT Department wanted to lighten the workload of their staff members. They determined that outsourcing backups would be a strategic way to free up valuable engineering time, so they could focus on what mattered most—serving the students.   

After an extensive vetting process, Element Four was selected to implement a fully managed backup solution powered by Veeam and Cisco. The solution would be monitored by Element Four’s highly skilled team of engineers 24x7x365 to ensure the success of both onsite and offsite backup jobs.  Element Four’s project team was able to complete the implementation within 30 days of the signed proposal. Kearney’s IT staff no longer is burdened by managing and maintaining their backup environment.  They can now spend their valuable time servicing the students, staff, and administrators.

A few months after implementation, Kearney School District's servers were hit by a ransomware infection. "Element Four's technicians were able to restore KSD's systems back to working order in a matter of hours. Their calm demeanor helped alleviate our panic in the midst of the attack," said KSD's Technology Director Ryan Blankenship.