Scale-out Architecture Ensures Smooth, Easy Scalability
Because Eby-Brown’s data was growing quickly, Morales and his staff needed to ensure that expanding the backup capabilities would be as simple as possible. Since installing the ExaGrid system, Eby- Brown has expanded the system twice to meet increased backup needs.
“Upgrading the ExaGrid system was a pretty simple process,” said Morales. “We experienced some slight issues with the way our Oracle system handled it, but our ExaGrid support engineer worked closely with us on it and resolved the problem quickly. Working with our support engineer has been phenomenal, and it’s probably been one of the best experiences I’ve had with customer support from any vendor.”
The ExaGrid system can easily scale to accommodate data growth. ExaGrid’s software makes the system highly scalable – appliances of any size or age can be mixed and matched in a single system. A single scale-out system can take in up to a 2.7PB full backup plus retention at an ingest rate of up to 488TB per hour. ExaGrid appliances contain not just disk but also processing power, memory, and bandwidth. When the system needs to expand, additional appliances are simply added to the existing system. The system scales linearly, maintaining a fixed-length backup window as data grows so customers only pay for what they need, when they need it.
Data is deduplicated into a non-network-facing repository tier with automatic load balancing and global deduplication across all repositories. Since installing the ExaGrid system, Eby-Brown has significantly increased the amount of data it backs up. Prior to installing the ExaGrid system, the IT staff at Eby-Brown began backing up the company’s data at 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon and ran backup jobs until Monday morning. Since installing the ExaGrid system, Eby-Brown has increased the amount of data it backs up, and weekly full backups now take just hours instead of days. The company has nearly eliminated tape.