Cost-Effective ExaGrid System Works with Existing Backup Application to Deliver Faster Backups and Restores
After looking at solutions from ExaGrid and Dell EMC Data Domain, Horn said that ABC Companies decided on ExaGrid’s disk-based backup solution with data deduplication based on cost, manageability and feature set. “The ExaGrid system did all the things the competitive products did for a fraction of the cost,” said Horn. “The ExaGrid system also seemed to be the easiest solution to manage. It really is ‘set it and forget it.’”
ABC Companies installed an ExaGrid appliance in its Florida data center along with an appliance in California. The ExaGrid systems work along with the company’s existing backup applications, Veritas Backup Exec, Quest vRanger and Oracle RMAN. Data is automatically replicated between the sites for disaster recovery.
“One of the nice things about the ExaGrid system is that it works with all the popular backup applications. We were able to quickly and easily integrate the ExaGrid into our existing infrastructure,” said Horn. Horn said that ABC Companies has saved a considerable amount of time and money by installing the ExaGrid system.
“Before, I was spending a lot of time swapping out and rotating tapes and then packing them up and shipping them offsite. We were also spending a lot of money on transportation costs. Now, all that hassle is gone because our data is automatically replicated offsite,” said Horn. “It’s not only a time saver, but we have a higher level of confidence in our disaster recovery plan.”
Restoring data is also a much faster process, according to Horn. “We’ve performed several restores from the ExaGrid system, and they’ve all run perfectly. It’s so nice because I don’t have to go through a whole process like I did with tape. I can restore files with the touch of a button, and the restore speeds are so much faster with disk. I can restore an entire server to its exact working condition within an hour,” he said.