Success story

Pasadena City College – AWS DR Environment

Client Objectives:

Pasadena City College (PCC) provides over 30,000 students annually in the San Gabriel Valley with a high quality, innovative and dynamic learning environment that inspires student success. Founded in 1924, today Pasadena is the nation’s 3rd largest community college.  PCC is known for high achievement and is the #1 ranking California Community College in awarding Associate degrees and 1st year retention rates.

PCC Information Technology department wanted to enhance its disaster recovery plan, in the event of a disaster, so that it could provide uninterrupted service for its campuses and students. Prior to working with Infiniti and implementing a new strategy, PCC used a tape back-up system and trucked the tapes to an offsite back-up site on a monthly basis. Even though this strategy was secure, it would have been difficult for PCC to quickly and efficiently recover in the event of a serious outage or disaster.


Infiniti conducted a DR assessment for PCC and determined that the legacy offsite tape back-up strategy for all of PCC’s data could be dramatically improved by shifting the back-up and restore strategy to the AWS cloud. In order to facilitate this strategy, Infiniti designed and implemented an AWS architecture and recommended use of Commvault software to automatically allow PCC to back-up and restore its data to the cloud, and/or back to the PCC data center in the event of a disaster. The Infiniti team worked in partnership with the PCC team to design and implement the new AWS architecture, implement the Commvault software, test the new system and seamlessly migrate this new DR process to the AWS cloud. The cloud architecture design, and back-up and restore strategy includes the following elements:

  • Development of new AWS cloud architecture for PCC
  • Assist with the configuration of the Commvault software.
  • Test and deployment of the new back-up and restore service


Prior to implementing the new solution it would have taken PCC days and possibly weeks to back-up and restore its data center and applications and it would have cost them 100’s of person hours to complete the effort. With the new AWS/Commvault back-up and restore solution PCC can quickly and easily restore its entire data center in a relatively short amount of time and staff effort.

AWS Services utilized:

  • S3
  • Glacier
  • IAM
  • EC2
  • VPC
  • Route 53
  • RDS

Partner products & services utilized:

  • RISC Cloudscape – Network scan and assessment
  • Commvault – Back-up and restore
  • CloudCheckr – consolidated billing

Success Stories

Pasadena City College