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ExaGrid Named Sole “Visionary” in Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances

ExaGrid Named Sole “Visionary” in Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

Westborough, Mass., October 6, 2015 – ExaGrid®, a leading provider of disk-based backup storage with data deduplication solutions, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as the sole Visionary in the Visionaries quadrant of the 2015 “Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances.” 1

Companies named as “Visionaries” deliver innovative products with capabilities that are often ahead of the mainstream in the market. Criteria used by Gartner to measure completeness of vision include innovation, offering (product) strategy, and market understanding as well as geographic strategy, vertical/industry strategy, marketing strategy, sales strategy, and business model.

“Deduplication backup target appliances are playing a more active role in the enterprise backup architecture, beyond tape replacement […] By 2018, 50% of applications with high change rates will be backed up directly to deduplication target appliances, bypassing traditional backup software, up from 25% today,” wrote Gartner analysts Pushan Rinnen, Dave Russell, and Robert Rhame.

ExaGrid’s unique landing zone and scale-out architecture provide for faster backups that result in shorter backup windows, faster restores, and VM boot speeds that are up to ten times faster than competitive inline deduplication appliances, as well as a fixed-length backup window even as data volumes multiply. The result is a new era of disk-based backup storage appliances that deliver the best performance, scalability, and price that is lower—both up front and over time—compared to the large brand vendors.

“The large brand players can only offer first-generation inline deduplication with scale-up architectures, which inherently come with significant limitations,” said Bill Andrews, CEO, ExaGrid. “These approaches can’t keep up with today’s IT requirements for short backup windows, fast restores, and VM boots, nor can they provide a system that scales easily in the face of explosive data growth. We believe that ExaGrid’s unique landing zone with scale-out architecture is the only solution on the market that can meet – and even exceed – all of the IT data center’s backup needs. We also believe that Gartner’s recognition and our industry-high customer retention rate are true testaments to our innovation and sustained success.”

1 Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances” by Pushan Rinnen, Dave Russell and Robert Rhame, September 25, 2015.

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About ExaGrid
Organizations come to ExaGrid because it is the only company that has implemented data deduplication in a way that fixes all the challenges of backup storage. ExaGrid’s unique landing zone and scale-out architecture provides the fastest backup — resulting in the shortest fixed backup window, the fastest local restores, fastest offsite tape copies and instant VM recoveries while permanently fixing the backup window length, all with reduced cost up front and over time. Learn how to take the stress out of backup at or connect with us on LinkedIn. Read how ExaGrid customers fixed their backup forever.

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