ExaGrid Delivers Ease of Use, Scalability and Strong Data Deduplication
After looking at solutions from a variety of different vendors, Fuss & O’Neill chose ExaGrid’s disk-based backup system with data deduplication to back up and protect the firm’s data. The ExaGrid system works alongside Fuss & O’Neill’s existing backup application, Veritas Backup Exec.
“We chose the ExaGrid over other solutions because we liked its ease of use, scalability and its data deduplication technology.” said Cram. “We also were impressed with the tight integration of ExaGrid and Backup Exec as we’re pretty embedded. The ExaGrid system and Backup Exec work together seamlessly.”
Cram explained that since Fuss & O’Neill backs up a significant amount of information, including AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and GIS data, effective data deduplication technology was a critical feature they looked for when evaluating systems. The firm has experienced data deduplication rates of 12:1 and higher since installing the system.
“ExaGrid’s data deduplication technology does a phenomenal job at reducing our data. We currently have all of our data in the system, and we still have 40 percent capacity left,” said Cram. “Since the ExaGrid deduplicates the data after it has landed on the system, the backup times are the fastest possible.”
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).