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The Lowest Total Cost of Ownership Advantage

Lowest price and lowest total cost of ownership

When organizations evaluate the backup solution and company that can best meet their backup needs and solve their challenges, more and more IT organizations are finding that ExaGrid offers not only the fastest backup and restore performance and best scalability, but also a price that's 25-30% lower than competitive offerings.

For the IT infrastructure products that drive an organization's business, it is easy for an organization to look at these purchases as investments that can help both the top and bottom lines of the company. However, backup and disaster recovery is one area of IT spending which—though critically necessary—is typically viewed purely as cost. While it is an extremely important area to ensure is covered, organizations look to achieve appropriate protection so data is not lost, and at the same time, accomplish this at the lowest possible cost.

Ironically, despite this different view of backup and disaster recovery spending, no vendor except ExaGrid has responded by creating a product that truly meets the different economic model warranted for backup media spending. Backup media spending has followed the same spending pattern as other IT infrastructure spending, which includes:

  • Expensive fork-lift upgrades when a system is outgrown due to data growth
  • Repurchasing of entire systems when an existing system simply "wears out"
  • Complete rip-and-replaces when a backup system becomes obsolete due to vendor end of life

ExaGrid redefines the economics of backup by helping you contain costs both up-front and over time, so you don't have to repurchase any part of the system.

Because ExaGrid performs post-process deduplication, an ExaGrid configuration does not require the same level of processor and memory that the controller / disk shelf approach uses. This allows ExaGrid to be more cost-effective up front, usually about 25-30% less expensive than the competition.

ExaGrid's zone-level deduplication and GRID architecture requires smaller tracking tables and allows the system to scale via a grid-based configuration, so you can add servers into a grid and keep adding as you grow. There are no points where you must perform a forklift upgrade, so your investment is protected as a result.

It is also important to look at cost effectiveness when comparing ExaGrid to non-appliance based deduplication systems, such as deduplication via the backup application software. On the surface, it would appear that backup application software deduplication should be fairly low-cost. After all, you can just turn on deduplication from within the backup server and you're good to go, right? Not exactly. It is important to keep in mind that using backup application software deduplication typically requires greater resources on the backup server – that is, more processing power, more memory, and more disk. In addition, how do you determine exactly how much of these components are needed to optimally work in your particular backup environment? And what do you do as the amount of data you're backing up grows? To address these needs likely means additional costs in the form of professional services. When you get to the bottom line, then, the additional costs of all these items will typically exceed what you will be paying for an ExaGrid appliance.

So whether you're comparing ExaGrid to other appliance solutions, or to non-appliance solutions such as backup application software deduplication, ExaGrid is the most cost-effective disk-based backup solution, up-front and over time by usually 25-30%.

For more information, check out our blog post: The Economics of Disk Backup Architecture



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