Easy Installation and Management, Responsive Support
Installing the ExaGrid system was an easy process, according to Anderson. All that’s required is to unpack the unit, rack it, hook up the cables and work with ExaGrid’s support team to configure it. A system can typically be up and running in just an hour or so. “The best thing about upgrading to the ExaGrid is that the process just works,” comments Anderson. “We set the backups and they run; there is very little work for me or my staff to do.”
The ExaGrid system was designed to be easy to set up and operate. ExaGrid’s industry-leading level 2 senior support engineers are assigned to individual customers, ensuring they always work with the same engineer. Customers never have to repeat themselves to various support staff, and issues get resolved quickly. According to Anderson, her team has had a good experience with ExaGrid’s customer support. Northeast Metro 916 likes the self-monitoring and remote support services ExaGrid provides. She says, “Most of the time, my ExaGrid engineer knows about a potential problem before I do!”
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.