ExaGrid-Veeam Combo Offers ‘Phenomenal’ Deduplication and Easy Restores
Rogers Towers backs up its data in daily incrementals and weekly fulls. Most of its data is
document-based and also includes databases stored on SQL servers. Slater has been impressed with the performance of ExaGrid and Veeam in backing up its virtual servers. He said, “Because our deduplication rate is excellent, we’re able to back up double the amount of data that we have on our servers to the ExaGrid system. ExaGrid’s deduplication is phenomenal.”
The law firm backs up its VMs regularly to allow for quick restores, when needed. Slater noted that the restore process only takes a few minutes. “Restores are quite simple using both ExaGrid and Veeam. They work great together, so all that is needed is to search for the VM that a file is on, click ‘Restore,’ and it goes,” said Slater.
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.