John West, systems administrator at The State Bar of California, has been backing up data to ExaGrid over a decade. He was there during the original installation of Veeam and ExaGrid, which replaced the tape solution used in the past.
“It’s certainly nice for me not to have to change tapes anymore. We primarily use Veeam for all our data, as our environment is 95% virtual. At the time of installation, we used Backup Exec, which still functions today at a small scale with some database backups for our DBA. What I enjoy most about ExaGrid is its stability. I never have to worry about it.” said West.
ExaGrid has integrated the Veeam Data Mover so that backups are written Veeam-to-Veeam versus Veeam-to-CIFS, which provides a 30% increase in backup performance. Since the Veeam Data Mover is not an open standard, it is far more secure than using CIFS and other open market protocols. In addition, because ExaGrid has integrated the Veeam Data Mover, Veeam synthetic fulls can be created six times faster than any other solution. ExaGrid stores the most recent Veeam backups in an undeduplicated form in its Landing Zone and has the Veeam Data Mover running on each ExaGrid appliance and has a processor in each appliance in a scale-out architecture. This combination of Landing Zone, Veeam Data Mover, and scale-out compute provides the fastest Veeam synthetic fulls versus any other solution on the market.