ExaGrid Selected over Dell EMC Data Domain and Quantum to Meet KPIs
The Bureau of Reclamation completed a comparison with ExaGrid, Quantum, and Dell EMC Data Domain. Reclamation was on its way to becoming 100% virtualized and had already chosen Veeam as its backup software. “I liked the fact that ExaGrid worked so well with Veeam and had many features that I found important – scalability, cache, replication, data deduplication, and the landing zone for instant restores. I also liked the fact that ExaGrid had self-encrypting drives. A lot of the solutions have that, but it’s not supported by the right process. Because the other vendors only store deduplicated data, that data requires rehydration before you can do a restore.
Now, in fair terms, we’re running Veeam, and there are certain things that you can do only with the combination of ExaGrid and Veeam. However, the complete package made the decision easy for us, and we went with ExaGrid. The flexibility, speed, and reliability reinforce our decision weekly. “We’ve gotten to the point where we’re running synthetic fulls on some of the bigger 15TB volumes like Splunk and our imaging applications that we’ve never been able to back up, and we’re able to back those up fairly quickly. I was only able to retain 25 to 30 days with Quantum, and we’re setting up a two-site system with ExaGrid to increase that. While building out the GRID, I’ll have more compute power for dedupe and compression. When I did the math, I’ll be able to retain at least a year on the ExaGrid system with a goal of two years by 2018,” said Fahrenbrook.
Because Reclamation has a government mandate to keep data indefinitely, they push data to tape as needed as they continue to build out their long-term storage plan.