Backup Window Cut in Half
Fernandez backs up the company’s critical applications, file servers, and VMs on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. On average, the data is backed up in 60 different backup jobs each day. Fernandez is impressed with the speed of the backups now that the ExaGrid-Veeam solution is in place. “When we were using Veritas, we had backup jobs running 24 hours a day, but now that we use Veeam and ExaGrid, all of our backup jobs are completed within a 12-hour duration.”
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). Fernandez has also found that restoring data is a much speedier process. “I’m very happy with how quickly we’re able to restore data from the ExaGrid solution, and I know that we’ll meet our RTO and RPO.”
ExaGrid and Veeam can instantly recover a file or VMware virtual machine by running it directly from the ExaGrid appliance in the event that the file is lost, corrupted or encrypted or the primary storage VM becomes unavailable. This instant recovery is possible because of ExaGrid’s Landing Zone – a high-speed disk cache on the ExaGrid appliance that retains the most recent backups in their complete form. Once the primary storage environment has been brought back to a working state, the VM backed up on the ExaGrid appliance can then be migrated to primary storage for continued operation.