Backups are 10X Faster
Aresu backs up HELUKABEL’s data in daily incrementals and weekly fulls, with monthly and yearly fulls for critical systems. Most of the data backed up consists of VMs as well as Microsoft SQL and SAP HANA databases. Since installation of the ExaGrid Tiered Backup Storage system, Aresu has found that backups are now ten times faster, due to the greater bandwidth connection and since data is backed up directly to ExaGrid’s Landing Zone Tier. He has also found that ExaGrid integrates easily with Veeam, especially the Veeam Data Mover feature, which results in faster synthetic full backups.
ExaGrid has integrated the Veeam Data Mover so that backups are written Veeam-to-Veeam versus Veeam-to-CIFS, which provides a 30% increase in backup performance. Since the Veeam Data Mover is not an open standard, it is far more secure than using CIFS and other open market protocols. In addition, because ExaGrid has integrated the Veeam Data Mover, Veeam synthetic fulls can be created six times faster than any other solution. ExaGrid stores the most recent Veeam backups in an undeduplicated form in its Landing Zone and has the Veeam Data Mover running on each ExaGrid appliance and has a processor in each appliance in a scale-out architecture. This combination of Landing Zone, Veeam Data Mover, and scale-out compute provides the fastest Veeam synthetic fulls versus any other solution on the market.
Aresu has also been pleased at quickly data can be restored using the combined solution of ExaGrid and Veeam. “I had to restore one of our systems, a 2TB VM, and it was very fast. Even with some post-restore work, the system was back online 45 minutes,” he said.
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).