LONDON and PALO ALTO, Calif., March 06, 2019 – Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management company, today announced it has been selected by Cranfield University to protect its on-premises and cloud workloads, including Microsoft SQL, Oracle, and VMware. Through its integration with Microsoft Azure, Rubrik is delivering an all-in-one data archival and disaster recovery to the cloud solution that has reduced the university’s backup management time by 83% and data center footprint by 75%.

Cranfield University is a British postgraduate university and a global leader for education and transformational research in technology. Every year, it delivers academic courses in 50 countries outside of the UK, as well as executive development to over 15,000 people. In addition, Cranfield University is one of the UK’s top five commercial research-intensive universities – its work informs government policy and leads the way in producing cutting-edge new technologies and products.

To keep pace with its rapid expansion and groundbreaking data-intensive research, the university wanted to make the shift to cloud in order to replace costly hardware and provide greater resilience. However, migrating to the cloud with its previous backup vendor required building an entirely different infrastructure—a time-intensive process that would result in complex management and slower recovery.

With Rubrik’s integration with Microsoft Azure, the university now has cost-effective data archival and fast data recovery across its hybrid cloud environment. Cranfield is also excited about Rubrik CloudOn, which enables rapid, on-demand disaster recovery to the cloud. Since deploying Rubrik, Cranfield University has benefitted from:

  • 26% reduction in total cost of ownership: Achieved significant cost savings in licensing fees and eliminated renewal fees for software licenses.
  • Faster backup and recovery performance: All of the university’s service-level agreements (SLAs) are now met and instantly replicated to Microsoft Azure. Using Rubrik’s Google-like search, Cranfield can quickly find individual files, directories, or entire VMs and recover data in a matter of minutes, as opposed to hours via with its previous vendor.
  • Oracle RMAN integration: With SLA policy automation and incremental-forever backups with a faster point-in-time recovery for Oracle workloads, the university achieved 83% management time savings.
  • Accelerated compliance: Rubrik’s end-to-end encryption helps the university to meet GDPR compliance.
  • 75% reduction in data center footprint: The team is saving an additional 80% on power and cooling.

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Edward Poll, Head of IT Infrastructure at Cranfield University, said, “As a leading global research institution, we need forward-thinking and agile technology within our infrastructure and Rubrik is a key piece of that puzzle. Rubrik’s easy integration with cloud helps us achieve cloud savings today, all while building future cloud infrastructure for disaster recovery. It’s given us simpler, faster, and more reliable backup, recovery, and cloud archival.”

“We’re proud to play our part in helping Cranfield University to build a lasting cloud infrastructure for its future,” said Martin Brown, Director of Western Europe at Rubrik. “This is a university that’s at the top of its game, and it needs to be able to deliver the latest technology to its students and staff in an agile way. With our cloud-enabling technology, they can now benefit from the efficiencies and agility that cloud brings.”

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About Rubrik
Rubrik delivers a single software platform to manage and protect data in the cloud, at the edge, and on-premises. Enterprises choose Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management software to simplify backup and recovery, accelerate cloud adoption, and enable automation at scale. As organizations of all sizes adopt cloud-first policies, they rely on Rubrik’s Polaris SaaS platform to unify data for security, governance, and compliance. For more information, visit and follow @rubrikInc on Twitter.

About Cranfield University
Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.