Retention and Replication Covered
Replication was an issue for ‘MART’ in the past, and Gallant reports having to go down to three days’ retention because they were running out of disk space. Now, he says they’re back to two weeks and it’s very fast.
“We back up from two sites, and we also run crossreplicated backup copies from site to site. Every night, data from site A gets replicated to site B, and data from site B gets replicated to site A, and we continue to maintain a good percentage of data availability. Post Veeam, we are seeing an average of 4:1, which is phenomenal. We get 50TB of data down to under 12TB – that’s very manageable for us.
“I like the ability to rebuild a virtual machine from another site. I can go right from site B and make the VM from site A and do a full restore from site B, which could really help us – this is very good. With Dell EMC Data Domain, I was spending more time doing the daily monitoring and trying to figure out where I could save on disk space here and there. With ExaGrid, I like our dedupe ratio – it gives us space when we need it. Now I just do a quick review to make sure everything is ‘in the green,’ and that’s it – I’m done for the day. I save half my day NOT managing our backup storage. “For me, ExaGrid defines reliability. It’s a game to get backup storage where you want it. I just want to make my life easier and ExaGrid does just that,” said Gallant.