Data Deduplication Provides 61:1 Compression for VMware Images
Ipswich backs up a wide variety of data to the ExaGrid system, including SQL, file data, and VMware images. The Council backs up its VMware images directly to the ExaGrid system and has been receiving data deduplication rates as high as 61:1.
“We are expanding our use of VMware and it would have been a real challenge to put the images onto tape. ExaGrid’s data deduplication technology does a fantastic job at compressing our VMware images, and our recovery times have really improved. We can recover a VMware server in about ten minutes. With tape, recovering the same VMware server would have taken half a day,” said Gaskin.
Gaskin noted that restoring data from the ExaGrid is significantly faster than with tape. “With tape, we had to retrieve the right tape from our offsite storage site, catalog it and read the file in. The whole process could take hours and hours. However, restoring data from the ExaGrid takes no time at all. It’s far more efficient and it frees up our time to focus on more important things,” said Gaskin.
ExaGrid’s turnkey disk-based backup system combines enterprise drives with zone-level data deduplication, delivering a disk-based solution that is far more cost effective than simply backing up to disk with deduplication or using backup software deduplication to disk. ExaGrid’s patented zone-level deduplication reduces the disk space needed by a range of 10:1 to 50:1, depending on the data types and retention periods, by storing only the unique objects across backups instead of redundant data. Adaptive Deduplication performs deduplication and replication in parallel with backups. As data is being deduplicated to the repository, it is also replicated to a second ExaGrid site or the public cloud for disaster recovery (DR).