ExaGrid Eliminates the End-of-Life Process
STAR Financial Bank had backed its data up to a Dell EMC Data Domain system, using Dell EMC Avamar. As its data was reaching max capacity in the Data Domain system, the company was faced with the prospect of renewing hardware and software support for that solution while purchasing an additional disk array to add the needed storage. The IT staff decided to look into other backup solutions and compare costs.
“We typically work with our hardware vendor and explore options of renewing versus engaging with their 3-5 top recommendations of products,” said Cory Weaver, lead systems engineer at STAR. “After reviewing all potential possibilities, we chose ExaGrid. Some of the determining factors were its ease of use, integrations with our backup system, and that we would work directly with an assigned support engineer. A key benefit of ExaGrid’s architecture for us revolves around storage expansion. With other systems, you’re simply adding a disk enclosure and sharing the compute resources collectively. With ExaGrid, each enclosure contains its own processing power, so performance remains constant.
“We also had multiple conversations with the ExaGrid team about its Landing Zone technology. We liked that we could reallocate storage space between the Landing Zone and retention space as needed. We felt very comfortable with the ExaGrid system that they sized for us. ExaGrid also provided more competitive pricing, so it was also a better option for our budget,” he added.
STAR purchased an ExaGrid system and Veeam to replace Dell EMC Data Domain and Avamar. “The implementation was a piece of cake. The only thing we had to do is set up a network connectivity, and then we got in touch with our ExaGrid support engineer. He ran through the product with us and helped us with the data migration process,” said Weaver.
ExaGrid’s award-winning scale-out architecture provides customers with a fixed-length backup window regardless of data growth. Its unique disk cache Landing Zone allows for the fastest backups and retains the most recent backup in its full undeduplicated form, enabling the fastest restores.
ExaGrid’s appliance models can be mixed and matched into a single scale-out system allowing a full backup of up to 2.7PB with a combined
ingest rate of 488TB/hr, in a single system. The appliances automatically join the scale-out system. Each appliance includes the appropriate amount of processor, memory, disk, and bandwidth for the data size. By adding compute with capacity, the backup window remains fixed in length as the data grows. Automatic load balancing across all repositories allows for full utilization of all appliances. Data is deduplicated into an offline repository, and additionally, data is globally deduplicated across all repositories. This combination of capabilities in a turnkey appliance makes the ExaGrid system easy to install, manage, and scale. ExaGrid’s architecture provides lifetime value and investment protection that no other architecture can match.