No Backup Issues on Mondays
Bozek backs up a large amount of data for the school system, including domain controllers, print servers, student records, SSCM databases, a time clock system, a school lunch system, and the transportation busing system, to name a few.
The data is backed up in daily incrementals and a weekly full. One of the major issues that the ExaGrid-Veeam solution resolved was that the weekly full used to exceed the weekend backup window when the tape solution had been in place. “When we used tape, our weekly full backup jobs used to run all weekend, and there were times that I would come in on Monday, and the backups would still be running until Monday afternoon. With ExaGrid and Veeam, I start the weekly full on Friday evening and it is finished by Saturday night. The daily incrementals are very quick too and usually only take two to three hours.”
ExaGrid writes backups directly to a disk-cache Landing Zone, avoiding inline processing and ensuring the highest possible backup performance, which results in the shortest backup window. Adaptive Deduplication performs deduplication and replication in parallel with backups for a strong recovery point (RPO). As data is being deduplicated to the repository, it can also be replicated to a second ExaGrid site or the public cloud for disaster recovery (DR).
ExaGrid and Veeam can instantly recover a file or VMware virtual machine by running it directly from the ExaGrid appliance in the event that the file is lost, corrupted or encrypted or the primary storage VM becomes unavailable. This instant recovery is possible because of ExaGrid’s Landing Zone – a high-speed disk cache on the ExaGrid appliance that retains the most recent backups in their complete form. Once the primary storage environment has been brought back to a working state, the VM backed up on the ExaGrid appliance can then be migrated to primary storage for continued operation.