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Westborough, MA— Sept. 25, 2012 — ExaGrid® Systems, Inc., the leader in cost-effective and scalable disk-based backup solutions with data deduplication, today announced the results of a 2012 survey of 1,200 IT managers which shows widespread dissatisfaction with the capabilities of many existing backup systems to keep up with requirements for faster backups with permanently short backup windows as data grows, disaster recovery, virtual server backup and recovery, and backup system costs.
The dissatisfaction stems largely from delayed investments by many organizations in modernizing backup systems in recent years, which leaves existing backup systems often unable to protect growing amounts of mission-critical data. The survey was conducted on ExaGrid’s behalf by IDG Research Services.
Nearly 40 percent of IT managers report that their routine nightly backups exceed the backup window, with 30 percent saying their companies exceed the backup window by more than four hours. Many IT managers report that legacy backup systems are inadequate to meet business imperatives for low total cost of ownership (TCO), seamless scalability, ease of administration and management and WAN-efficient replication. The use of tape-based systems is expected to decline as IT departments move to modernize their backup infrastructures, with increased investments in disk-based systems, according to the survey.
According to a September 2011 research note entitled “The Future of Backup May Not Be Backup” published by Gartner Inc. analyst Dave Russell, “There are many challenges with backup solutions today. The top concerns are related to the cost, capability and complexity of currently deployed backup systems. Gartner hears daily from organizations that are seeking significant improvements in their backup practices, and we continue to hear that organizations feel that the backup process needs to be dramatically, not incrementally, improved.”
Conducted in May 2012, the objective of the ExaGrid survey was to examine backup and recovery challenges among IT managers. To learn more about the survey insights, download the free whitepaper, titled “Wanted: Better Backup,” from the ExaGrid website.
The survey revealed several important trends and perceptions about existing backup systems:
About ExaGrid’s Disk-based Backup Appliance:
ExaGrid customers achieve the fastest backup times because ExaGrid’s unique approach scales performance with data growth, prevents backup windows from re-exploding and avoids costly forklift upgrades and product obsolescence. The ExaGrid system is a plug-and-play disk backup appliance that works with existing backup applications and enables faster and more reliable backups and restores. Data is written directly to disk with deduplication performed post-process after the data is protected, and as data grows, ExaGrid adds full servers in a grid–including processor, memory, disk and bandwidth—compared to competitive systems that just add disk. Customers report that backup time is reduced by 30 to 90 percent over traditional tape backup. ExaGrid’s patented zone-level data deduplication technology and most recent backup compression reduces the amount of disk space needed by a range of 10:1 to as high as 50:1 or more, resulting in a cost comparable to traditional tape-based backup.
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. The combination of post-process deduplication, most recent backup cache, and GRID scalability enables IT departments to achieve the shortest backup window and the fastest, most reliable restores and disaster recovery without backup window expansion or forklift upgrades as data grows. With offices and distribution worldwide, ExaGrid has more than 4,500 systems installed at more than 1,400 customers, and over 300 published customer success stories.
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