ExaGrid Purchased for Scale-out Architecture, Adaptive Deduplication
“We decided to purchase the ExaGrid system because its scalability and backup approach were superior to the Data Domain unit,” Lively said. “ExaGrid’s scale-out architecture enables us to expand the system as needed by plugging additional units into a single system and its postprocess data deduplication method delivers faster restores because we can access data immediately from the landing zone.”
Grow Financial initially installed a single ExaGrid system in its Tampa headquarters and then expanded the system to include a unit in its disaster recovery site in Jacksonville. The systems have been scaled up to handle more backup data, and the credit union now has a total of three units in Tampa and three in Jacksonville. The ExaGrid system work along with Veeam and Dell Networker to back up the credit union’s servers and nearly 1,000 workstations.
“Scalability was a big concern when we began looking for a new backup solution. The Data Domain unit would have required a forklift upgrade to expand, but ExaGrid’s scale-out architecture enables us to simply add additional units to improve capacity and performance,” Lively said.
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.