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Industry Analyst Perspectives

ExaGrid has been profiled and referenced extensively by leading industry analysts in various industry publications and briefs. Selected comments and reports are highlighted below.

Addressing the Broken State of Backup with a New Category of Disk-Based Backup Solutions

Addressing the Broken State of Backup with a New Category of Disk-Based Backup Solutions

ExaGrid Report Featuring Gartner Research
February 2014

Abstract: IT organizations are faced with a number of challenges when managing backup processes such as slow backups, growing backup window, and slow and unreliable restores. Yet the challenges don’t end there. Exponential data growth, proliferation of new applications, and the adoption of virtualization in production environments - combined with the end user’s need for continual data access - impact the storage solution requirements to meet these demands. Effectively addressing these challenges requires a break from traditional backup storage architecture design. New technology advancements are addressing the challenges needed for an improved data protection infrastructure.

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Future-Proofed Backup for a Virtualized World

Future-Proofed Backup for a Virtualized World

George Crump
Storage Switzerland, February 2014

Abstract: Selecting a disk-based backup solution should be more than going with the “default” vendor.  Both the architecture of the disk backup system and how it integrates data deduplication can directly impact backup and recovery windows. Understanding and selecting the right disk backup architecture, therefore, is critical to designing a solution that meets business needs both today and into the future.

Important considerations include how to:

  • avoid introducing latency,
  • get the most out of deduplication,
  • improve recovery time with a recovery zone,
  • compare scale-up vs. scale-out architecture, and
  • evaluate virtual environment image booting.

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Optimizing Approaches to Enterprise Backup and Recovery

Optimizing Approaches to Enterprise Backup and Recovery

IDC Technology Spotlight, February 2014

Abstract: The use of disk in the data protection process has accelerated in recent years to relieve many of the bottlenecks associated with using traditional storage methodologies including tape. Companies are demanding faster backup, restore and recovery to meet shorter backup windows and recovery time objectives. As a result, many organizations are forgoing tape investments for general-purpose disk storage systems.

This article highlights:

  • the biggest challenges with disk backup,
  • what percentage of the market is using tape for backup,
  • how tape will be used for offsite long-term retention in the future,
  • whether traditional backup will be replaced by cloud technology, and
  • the future of backup and recovery technology.

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How Data Deduplication Impacts Recovery

How Data Deduplication Impacts Recovery

George Crump
Storage Switzerland, January 2014

Abstract: Storage Switzerland compares data deduplication approaches and identifies three considerations to ensure deduplication does not adversely impact recovery windows and application RTO -- dedupe induced latency, hybrid-powered recoveries, and backup image. Learn the benefits a disk staging landing area can provide as well as when to use a separate disk zone for storing deduplicated backup images. Find out why many organizations interested in simplifying operational management and control choose a unified backup solution that provides a hybrid approach to backup.

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How Backup Disk Architecture Impacts the Backup Window

How Backup Disk Architecture Impacts the Backup Window

George Crump
Storage Switzerland, January 2014

Abstract: Storage Switzerland reports the challenge of managing unrelenting data growth and backup windows requires a break from traditional backup storage architecture. The architecture you choose for disk backup can dramatically impact your backup window today and in the future. Scale-out disk backup systems introduce an architectural paradigm that is different from traditional scale-up disk platforms.

Learn how a scale-out GRID backup architecture provides a reduced backup window, deduplication for storage efficiency, instant recovery from a landing zone, and flexibility to scale as needs arise.  A growing backup window doesn’t have to be inevitable. Learn the 5 insights to get you out of this rut!

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ExaGrid with Veeam: Virtual Machine Backup without Compromise

ExaGrid with Veeam: Virtual Machine Backup without Compromise

Kerry Dolan and Vinny Choinski
Enterprise Strategy Group, May 2013

Abstract: "Together, ExaGrid and Veeam offer a solution that enables customers to enjoy the benefits of both deduplication and instant recovery when protecting virtual machines in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments."

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How to Judge Purpose Built Backup Appliance Performance

How to Judge Purpose Built Backup Appliance Performance

George Crump
Storage Switzerland, December 2011

Abstract:  "An infrastructure like that available from ExaGrid has been proven, through hundreds of customer testimonials, to incrementally scale performance without having to endure a fork-lift upgrade."

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Market Trends: Midsize Businesses Are Embracing New Backup Techniques and Vendors

Market Trends: Midsize Businesses Are Embracing New Backup Techniques and Vendors

August 22, 2011
Dave Russell and James A. Browning

Abstract: "Appliances: The market has favored appliance delivery models for a variety of IT capabilities over the years. This backup segment is increasingly looking for preconfigured, purpose-built recovery solutions. These appliances combine disk capacity, along with advanced features, such as deduplication and replication. The top emerging vendor in this area in customer interest has been ExaGrid."

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ExaGrid Scores Again

ExaGrid Scores Again

David Chapa
Enterprise Strategy Group, July 2011
"Navigating the BaR Scene"

Abstract: "ExaGrid has been consistently adding customers to their rolls–just take a look at their website and read through the hundreds of published success stories and case studies...I think they have found the right formula and target for their solutions and are competing very well against even the biggest players in the competitive landscape.  ExaGrid’s scale and performance are quite impressive."

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ExaGrid Builds Business Momentum with 1,000th Customer

ExaGrid Builds Business Momentum with 1,000th Customer

Robert Armatruda
International Data Corp., July 2011

Abstract: "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.'"

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ExaGrid Pushes Backup and Disaster Recovery Appliances to 13TB

ExaGrid Pushes Backup and Disaster Recovery Appliances to 13TB

Robert Armatruda
International Data Corp., May 2011
Network Computing

Abstract: "'The platform gives ExaGrid systems more capacity, performance, and scale, as well as improved environmental features such as power and cooling, putting the company in a firmer competitive position,' says Robert Armatruda, research director for data protection and recovery at International Data Corp., a Framingham, Mass., consultancy. 'The new nodes offer greater capacity choices, and have a dense footprint, as well as offering 33 percent faster performance, which extends the value of the grid architecture by allowing for more choice in terms of expansion sizes and upper-end capacity,' agrees Dave Russell, research vice president of storage technologies and strategies for Gartner Inc., a Stamford, Conn., consultancy."

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ExaGrid Moves Less Data Resulting in Increased Dedupe Ratio, Lower Costs

ExaGrid Moves Less Data Resulting in Increased Dedupe Ratio, Lower Costs

Dave Russell
Gartner, May 2011
SearchDataBackup.com

Abstract: "Part of what makes this interesting is ExaGrid is able to offer a 50-to-1 ratio in just a small network connection because it moves less data, which equates to costs," said Dave Russell, Gartner's vice president of storage and strategies. "It (ExaGrid) will give you post-processing deduplication, replication, and backup from one appliance without the need for tape. You don't have to physically transport tape."

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ExaGrid Expands Support for Veeam Backup and Replication

ExaGrid Expands Support for Veeam Backup and Replication

Lauren Whitehouse
Enterprise Strategy Group, March 2011
Network Computing

Abstract: “The announcement makes a lot of sense and takes advantage of the synergy the companies share by having complementary technologies and targeting a similar audience,” says Lauren Whitehouse, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. “Deduplication is an asset in server virtualization environments, because there is a lot of redundancy between virtual machines, and Veeam does an efficient job of capturing and transferring VM images for backup and recovery purposes. Combined with Exagrid, Veeam upped the ante on optimization, making the deal a win-win for users.”

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Gartner Statement about Magic Quadrant and ExaGrid

Gartner Statement about Magic Quadrant and ExaGrid

Dave Russell
Gartner, February 2011

Abstract: The "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Disk-Based Backup/Recovery" report published on January 28, 2011, replaces the "MarketScope for Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software" retired in July 2010. To be included in this Magic Quadrant, a vendor has to offer a software application that captures data itself (i.e., backup software). Therefore, the Magic Quadrant does not include vendors that offer VTL or disk-based backup appliances with deduplication unless they also offer a backup software application.

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Recent Enhancements Bring ExaGrid into the Enterprise

Recent Enhancements Bring ExaGrid into the Enterprise

Dave Russell
Gartner, December 2010
SearchDataBackup.com

Abstract: Although ExaGrid has sold its dedupe appliances in the midrange and small- to medium-sized business (SMB) space, Gartner research vice president Dave Russell said the performance and other recent enhancements could bring them into the enterprise. Russell said power and cooling issues are more pressing concerns to larger organizations. "The real takeaway is they are bringing more choice and that is a positive."

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ExaGrid Offers Flexible Generic Deduplication Approach that Delivers Scalability

ExaGrid Offers Flexible Generic Deduplication Approach that Delivers Scalability

Lauren Whitehouse
Enterprise Strategy Group, October 2010
Computer Technology Review

“Scalability and flexibility are factors when considering the long-term viability of a deduplication approach. The hash index for a generic block-level deduplication approach could outgrow memory and introduce scalability limitations, but the generic approach is able to support any backup application. Byte-level delta deduplication approaches don’t require a hash table, but need content awareness of the backup application’s data stream,” said Lauren Whitehouse, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group Inc. “ExaGrid’s DeltaZone Deduplication cracks the code on these tradeoffs by offering a flexible generic deduplication approach that delivers scalability.”

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ExaGrid Sets New Standard in Backup Price, Performance and Capacity with Launch of EX10000E

ExaGrid Sets New Standard in Backup Price, Performance and Capacity with Launch of EX10000E

Arun Taneja
Taneja Group, October 2009
Data Storage Connection

"Organizations struggling with their backups, or with the cost, complexity and risk associated with tape would be wise to consider the backup and restore performance improvements and bottom line savings that can be achieved with ExaGrid," said Arun Taneja, founder and president, Taneja Group. "The new higher performance and larger capacity ExaGrid EX10000E system leverages the economic benefits of industry-standard hardware on an advanced 'scale-out' grid-based architecture. I do believe the grid approach will prevail as it allows customers the advantage of starting small and be assured that future growth can be handled by the same system without regard to growth rates and technology changes."

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ExaGrid De-Dupe D2D Backup with Instant DR Capability

ExaGrid De-Dupe D2D Backup with Instant DR Capability

Lauren Whitehouse
Enterprise Strategy Group, December 2008
Storage Newsletter

"We speak with IT professionals every day who struggle with tape backup and are eager to move to disk backup with deduplication," said Lauren Whitehouse, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "ExaGrid's Disk-based Backup System has the ingredients many organizations need to address their backup issues. Customers stand to benefit from ExaGrid's focus on increasing performance, expanding DR capabilities, a growing list of supported data types, and automated email-based reporting that reduces the system management burden."

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ExaGrid: Disk-to-Disk Backup

ExaGrid: Disk-to-Disk Backup

Tony Asaro and Heidi Biggar
Enterprise Strategy Group
Data Protection Brief

Abstract: "ESG has been an advocate of disk-based backup for several years. Why? The potential benefits speak for themselves: improved backup and recovery performance, easier management, better reliability, etc. Backing up to and recovering from disk-based platforms is not only faster than tape, but it is also more efficient (from a management standpoint) and more reliable, largely because there is a lot less human handling required. And with the advent of capacity optimization technologies such as compression, delta differencing and data de-duplication, the appeal of disk-based backup is that much greater. Reduced capacity requirements, longer retention periods and new and/or expanded remote backup options are all byproducts of data de-duplication. The value that ExaGrid solutions provide transcends that of traditional tape-based backup solutions."

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Denver Public Library Cuts Backup Window by 84% with ExaGrid System

EMC Data Domain came back with a quote that was just crazy – well into six figures – and way more than we could afford.  ExaGrid worked with us and got us to a point where we could get something in at a reasonable price.

Heath Young, UNIX Systems Administrator

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