ExaGrid Builds Business Momentum With 1,000th Customer

With the Addition of Aeroflex, ExaGrid Achieves Second Largest Installed Base of Disk Backup with Data Deduplication Systems

Westborough, MA — July 12, 2011 — ExaGrid® Systems, Inc. (http://www.exagrid.com), the leader in cost-effective and scalable disk-based backup solutions with data deduplication, today announced it reached the 1,000th customer mark, giving ExaGrid the second largest base of scalable disk backup with deduplication systems in the mid-market and small enterprise space. Aeroflex Incorporated, a publicly-traded leading global provider of microelectronic components and test and measurement equipment for the space, avionics, defense, commercial wireless communications, medical and other markets, chose ExaGrid for its superior price, performance and scalability to efficiently manage the company’s business critical backup environment, becoming ExaGrid’s 1,000th customer.

ExaGrid’s achievement of 1,000 customers and the second largest customer base of scalable disk backup deduplication systems in the midmarket and small enterprise marks an additional milestone, validating the industry’s increased movement from tape to disk backup with deduplication in the midmarket and small enterprise space.

“With 1,000 customers and growing, ExaGrid now has over 3,500 systems installed, with more than half of these customers eliminating tape and using replication to a second ExaGrid at an offsite location for disaster recovery,” said Bill Andrews, ExaGrid’s CEO. “ExaGrid leads the disk-based backup market with the fastest performance, best scalability without forklift upgrades and best RTO for disaster recovery – all at a market leader price point. We are pleased to have hit this very important milestone while leading the charge in the conversion of tape backup to disk backup.”

ExaGrid is also the only product that offers IT organizations this combination of advantages:

  • Shortest backup window via post-process data deduplication
  • Fastest restore with a full recent backup copy kept on disk
  • Seamless scalability from 1TB to 130TB with no backup performance degradation and no forklift upgrades as data grows
  • Fast, reliable offsite disk-based disaster recovery with rapid restoreLowest price and lowest total cost of ownership

In a May 2011 report, Framingham-based IDC estimated purpose-built disk-based backup appliances to be a $1.7 billion market in 2010. “Today customers demand scalable, cost-effective disk-based backup solutions to solve their unabated storage requirements and aggressive recovery objectives” said Robert Amatruda, research director, data-protection and recovery, at IDC. “ExaGrid’s 1,000th customer milestone is a significant milestone and positions them very competitively for future growth.”

Founded in 1937, Aeroflex is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and has 2,950 employees worldwide. “Before switching to ExaGrid, our data growth was putting pressure on backup times and physical space, so we needed a solution that could offer us the smallest footprint to back up the greatest amount of data as quickly as possible. We also needed to manage the system with limited IT resources,” said, Tony DeLuca, Corporate CIO. “We selected ExaGrid based on excellent price/performance, the GRID architecture that lets us scale easily in modular increments as our data grows, and the excellent job-level reporting. The plug-and-play appliance made the installation fast and simple, and we’ve also saved time managing backups that lets us focus on more important IT projects.”

Among ExaGrid’s 1,000 customers are other leading organizations including 7 Eleven Stores, Boise Cascade, Cleveland Browns, Coors Distributing, Hitachi Consulting, Konica Minolta, Kingston Technologies, Morningstar, U.S. House of Representatives, Volkswagen Credit, and WR Grace.

From that base of customers, ExaGrid is also the only company that has more than 250 published customer success stories on its web site. “No other product has one in every four customers doing a published success story, further showing how customers feel about disk backup over tape backup,” Andrews said. The 250 customer success stories and video testimonials represent more than all of the other disk-based backup vendors combined. Recently, ExaGrid customer, Strategic Hotels & Resorts, won InfoSecurity’s 2011 Best Deployment awards in the “Best Deployment Scenario – Data Recovery” category for its strategic use of ExaGrid’s disk-based backup with deduplication system.

ExaGrid’s product has been named Storage Magazine-SearchStorage “Product of the Year” for Backup and Disaster Recovery Hardware. In addition, ExaGrid has been named a “Cool Company” by Gartner, and was the only New England company named to the Wall Street Journal’s “Top Venture-backed companies” in 2011.

ExaGrid’s disk backup system with data deduplication supports the industry’s leading backup applications and utilities, including CA ARCserve, CommVault Simpana, HP Data Protector, Linux/Unix File System Data Dumps, Microsoft SQL dump, Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN), EMC NetWorker, Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec NetBackup, Veeam Backup & Replication, Quest vRanger and VMware Backup.

About ExaGrid Systems, Inc.:
ExaGrid offers the only disk-based backup appliance with data deduplication purpose-built for backup that leverages a unique architecture optimized for performance, scalability and price. The combination of post-process deduplication, most recent backup cache, and GRID scalability enables IT departments to achieve the shortest backup window and the fastest, most reliable restores, tape copy, and disaster recovery without performance degradation or forklift upgrades as data grows. With offices and distribution worldwide, ExaGrid has more than 3,500 systems installed, more than 1,000 customers, and 250 published customer success stories and video testimonials.

For more information, contact ExaGrid at 800-868-6985 or visit www.exagrid.com. Visit “ExaGrid’s Eye on Deduplication” blog: http://blog.exagrid.com/.