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Westborough, Mass., May 30, 2013 – ExaGrid Systems, Inc. (www.exagrid.com), the leader in scalable and cost-effective disk-based backup solutions with data deduplication, announced today that leading IT analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) has validated the effective instant VM recovery capabilities of ExaGrid’s disk-based backup with deduplication system with Veeam Software’s virtual server data protection solution. The joint ExaGrid-Veeam configuration allows organizations to recover VMs in just minutes – speeds comparable to recovering from straight disk – thanks to ExaGrid’s unique landing zone architecture, according to the ESG Lab Review.
While instant virtual machine recovery works well with straight disk storage, it isn’t as effective with deduplicated backup targets, according to ESG. Competing disk backup appliances that only maintain a deduplicated copy of data can take hours to reassemble or “rehydrate” the backup data. This makes the “instant” part of recovery “virtually impossible.” ESG noted, “In the case of a disaster, IT can restore data from a deduplicated backup, but the time required often exceeds today’s recovery time objectives (RTOs).” The ESG report explained that many IT organizations face a dilemma when protecting virtual machines: They must choose between keeping users productive with instant restore capability after a failure or disaster involving a VM, and minimizing the use of storage capacity with deduplication.
However, the ESG review found that with ExaGrid and Veeam, “you can have the benefits of both instant restore and deduplication,” and that no tradeoff was necessary. ExaGrid’s high speed landing zone maintains a full copy of the latest Veeam backups in their original, non-deduplicated formats. This means that users can instantly recover and run a VM from the ExaGrid system in case the primary VM is unavailable, meeting their RTOs. Since the costs of IT downtime are substantial—a 2012 Aberdeen Group report that found the average cost of downtime to be $181,770/hour—the ExaGrid-Veeam solution that recovers VMs in just minutes can save organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars by avoiding lost productivity in the event of a system failure.
“The key takeaway from the ESG Lab Review is that with the joint ExaGrid and Veeam configuration, you can achieve instant VM Recovery and meet your RTO without sacrificing the benefits of deduplication,” said Marc Crespi, vice president of Product Management for ExaGrid. “With the ExaGrid-Veeam configuration, customers can rest assured that they will be able to recover a VM in just minutes in the event of an outage.”
ESG is a leading IT research, analysis, and strategy firm. The May 2013 ESG Lab Review, authored by Lab Analyst Kerry Dolan and Senior Lab Analyst Vinny Choinski, reports the results of a hands-on test which executed Veeam Instant VM Recovery configured with ExaGrid’s disk-based backup with deduplication solution.
Following are key findings from the ESG Lab Review:
To download a copy of the ESG Lab Review, visit the ExaGrid website. For more information about the joint ExaGrid-Veeam solution, visit: staging.exagrid.com/Products/Supported-Data-Backup-Applications/Veeam/.
About Veeam Software
Veeam® Software develops innovative solutions for VMware backup, Hyper-V backup, and virtualization management. Veeam Backup & Replication™ is Modern Data Protection – Built for Virtualization™. Veeam ONE™ is a single solution for real-time monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for VMware, Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication. The Veeam Management Pack™ (MP) and Smart Plug-in™ (SPI) extend enterprise monitoring to VMware through Microsoft System Center and HP Operations Manager. Veeam also provides free virtualization tools. Learn more by visiting http://www.veeam.com/.
About ExaGrid Systems, Inc.
ExaGrid offers the only disk-based backup appliance with data deduplication purpose-built for backup that leverages a unique architecture optimized for performance, scalability and price. ExaGrid is the only solution that combines compute with capacity and a unique landing zone to permanently shorten backup windows, eliminate expensive forklift upgrades, achieve the fastest full system restores and tape copies, and rapidly restore files, VMs and objects in minutes. With offices and distribution worldwide, ExaGrid has more than 5,600 systems installed at more than 1,655 customers, and more than 320 published customer success stories.
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