Backup Windows are 5X Shorter and Restores are 6X Faster
Williams found that installing the new ExaGrid system was a simple process. “The ExaGrid appliance was delivered to our data center, and thanks to the straightforward instructions, our IT team installed and connected it to our network very quickly. Our ExaGrid support engineer explained everything clearly and helped us integrate the system with Veeam.”
The ExaGrid system is easy to install and use, and works seamlessly with all of the most frequently used backup applications, so an organization can seamlessly retain its investment in existing applications and processes. RizePoint’s data is backed up in daily incrementals and weekly synthetic fulls, and database transaction logs are backed up every 15 minutes. Most of its data consists of standard Microsoft servers and large databases. RizePoint’s environment is completely virtualized, making ExaGrid and Veeam an ideal solution to manage and store its backups.
Since switching to ExaGrid, Williams has found that he no longer worries about backup windows being too long. “It sometimes took up to 20 hours to create the synthetic full backup on our previous hardware. That’s been cut down to four hours with our ExaGrid system. The biggest difference we’ve noticed is its speed – both backups and restores are much faster. We were able to restore 100GB of data back to a server, and get it up and running again in less than ten minutes from ExaGrid. Restoring that amount of data would have taken over an hour with our previous solution! The major impact of switching to ExaGrid is that we don’t worry about our backup storage anymore. We know that backups will be fast and that the system is reliable.”
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).
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.