PHD Virtual Protects The Hill Boarding School Data with Daily Backups

by Patrick Redknap on June 25, 2013

PHD Virtual announced today that The Hill School (, a coeducational independent boarding and day school for grades 9-12 and post-graduates in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, has chosen PHD Virtual backup and replication to protect data needed to run the school with more than 500 students.


The Hill School has three VMware hosts and five Citrix hosts, so finding a solution that would work with both types of platforms was critical. The Hill School utilizes PHD Virtual to backup up the whole environment nightly and the virtual backup appliance design means The Hill School didn’t have to purchase, install and manage additional hardware like some competitive alternatives.

“Before finding PHD Virtual, we were only doing VMware snapshotting and that can get you into trouble especially with database backups,” said Kyle Jones, Director of Information and Technology Services at The Hill School. “Data can become corrupt, but the database can work fine for years with corrupt data. When you finally do discover it, you have to sift through data to find the corruption . . . if you don’t have a full VM copy. With PHD, though, all we have to do is revert back to a copy of the virtual machine before the database got corrupted.” He concluded, “We used PHD’s unique Rollback Recovery feature the other day to restore a server, and the process took 13 minutes. It’s so easy!”

“Keeping the process uncomplicated, affordable and fast are the main reasons we hear customers consistently choose us,” said Joe Noonan, Senior Product Manager, PHD Virtual. “The Hill School is another such example that sees value in easy to manage, multi-platform hypervisors with outstanding dedupe ratios ranging from 31:1 to 65:1 on machines with frequent change data, and much higher numbers on more static VMs.”

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