Protect your mission critical data with encrypted offsite backups
Backup your data securely. Recover it quickly. Manage and control it intelligently. Help to comply with the GDPR by responding promptly to Subject Access Requests.
Please note that your Google and Microsoft cloud tenancies are NOT backed up by default.
Backups enable you to recover your data if you should have a ransomware attack.
GridStore gives you the storage and the support to take snapshots of your data and recover it to a point in time. All from a central console.
GridStore offers an encrypted offsite backup in resilient UK data centres, with a free allocation to all LGfL Schools.
Introduction to GridStore
A resilient, encrypted, off-site backup storage management platform using Redstor's Enterprise Server Edition (ESE) software. Backup your “mission critical” data automatically and on a daily basis to help comply with the GDPR requirements for your schools data.
GridStore has now been upgraded to Enterprise Server Edition (ESE) which is much better and smarter!
LGfL Customers Love GridStore
“GridStore is our lifeline and quite indispensable"
Nathan Bareham, Senior Technician, Guru Nanak Multi Academy Trust
“We have been using GridStore for a number of years now and found it to be the best offsite backup solution by far. We would definitely recommend this solution for secure offsite backups”
Kuljit Chana, Managing Director, Deku Solutions Ltd
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does LGfL provide a free GridStore storage allocation?
Yes! Your LGfL Let’s Get Digital subscription includes DR (Disaster Recovery) by Default. LGfL will provide 50GB free of charge to primary and special schools and 100GB to secondary schools. Should your school require more than the free allocation, platform management fees will apply. The fees will depend on how much additional storage your school requires.
How does GridStore help to protect my school’s data?
GridStore provides your school with peace of mind that in the event of a disaster at your school i.e. flooding, file corruption or accidental deletion, your data is fully recoverable. All data selected for back up is stored offsite in Redstor’s Data Centre’s.
Is my school’s data secure with GridStore?
Yes! Your data is secure. The data is sent encrypted across the Internet to Redstor’s secure, resilient Data Centres where it is then encrypted and only your school has the encryption key to decrypt the data.
Does my school’s data leave the UK?
No! Redstor’s resilient Data Centres are both based in the UK so at no point does your data leave these shores.
What are the main features of the Enterprise Server Edition (ESE) client used in GridStore?
The Redstor ESE client provides GridStore customers with features including:
Backing up the latest version of the Windows Operating Systems;
Improved data recovery times (9x faster than the current version);
Full system recovery for Virtual servers;
Full system recovery for Physical servers;
Share Point, One Drive and Exchange data recovery (O365);
Google Drive backup;
The ability to archive older, less frequently accessed files; and
File search to assist with Subject Access Requests (SAR).
What are the main differences between the current version of GridStore (Server Edition (SE)) and the new version of GridStore (Enterprise Server Edition (ESE))?
The main difference between SE and ESE is that the SE client was designed to back up the data stored on your local servers and also the system state of the server. The ESE client has been designed for a different era in computing and data management as it provides support for backing up and restoring Virtual Machines (VM’s), entire physical servers and data stored in cloud platforms, such as O365 and Google. Backup times are now also 9 times faster!
My school uses a cloud platform (O365 or Google), do we still need to back up our data offsite?
Yes! Cloud platforms such as O365 and Google ensure that your data is available for your school to use as and when you wish to use it, it does not provide a back up of the data. GridStore will provide your school with complete assurance that your school’s data selected to be backed up in these platforms is fully recoverable.
My school is in a Federation / Multi Academy Trust, can we pool our GridStore platform storage?
Yes! Federated schools and MAT’s can purchase a pool of storage on the platform and split this between the schools in the Federation / MAT.
My school is already using GridStore, will I receive a cost reduction in the service as a result of the free allocation?
Existing customers of GridStore will benefit from the richer feature set of the new product at no additional cost to them. This does mean however, that sadly, you will not be eligible for a further discount as LGfL have managed to upgrade the product and keep your costs the same. Primary and special schools currently only purchasing 50GB, will be automatically upgraded to 100GB at no additional cost!
What is the minimum contract length with GridStore?
There is a 3 year minimum contract length with GridStore. After the 3 year initial term, the service will automatically renew annually.
How do I purchase additional GridStore storage once my school is using the platform?
Easy! If your school requires additional storage, this is available in 100GB chunks. Email email@example.com with your storage requirement and we will pro rata the platform management fees to align with the date of your next bill. Then at your next renewal, we will invoice your school for the new platform management fees.
Do I need a SIMS connector licence with GridStore?
No! The SIMS connector licence is now included as part of the ESE client so there is no longer any additional charge for a SIMS connector licence. Schools currently using GridStore that purchase a SIMS connector will no longer be charged for it and it will not appear on your next scheduled bill.
My school is currently using Redstor ESE but purchase from another supplier. Can we transfer our data to the LGfL platform when our service expires with our current supplier?
Yes! However, due to the commercial arrangements between LGfL and Redstor, we may not be able to provide your school with our standard pricing. Your school will receive a price on application.
How does my school cancel our GridStore service?
Why would you want to? There will always be a requirement to protect your mission critical data and due to LGfL’s economies of scale, we have secured the best price for the best data backup product on the market. However, should your school wish to cancel after your initial 3 year term, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 30 days before the date of your next service renewal.