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ExaGrid’s EX13000E Disk Backup System Named Storage Magazine 2011 Product of the Year Finalist

ExaGrid’s EX13000E Disk Backup System Named Storage Magazine 2011 Product of the Year Finalist

Westborough, MA — February 7, 2012 — ExaGrid® Systems, Inc., the leader in cost-effective and scalable disk-based backup solutions with data deduplication, today announced that its EX13000E disk backup appliance has been selected as a finalist in the Backup Hardware category of Storage Magazine/’s 2011 Product of the Year Awards.

ExaGrid’s EX13000E disk backup system utilizes a scalable GRID-based architecture that combines 10 appliances in a GRID to store a 130TB full backup, plus weeks or months of retention.  As the most recent addition to ExaGrid’s disk backup product line, the EX13000E offers customers the highest performance midrange backup appliance in the industry and the highest performance/TB for a fully-loaded disk backup with deduplication system. It is also the only disk backup system that enables instant recovery and running of a virtual machine (VM) from the disk backup system when the primary VM is unavailable.

With other disk backup solutions that use front-end server architecture and add disk shelves as data grows, customers experience longer backups over time and eventually must replace the front end server, which is a costly forklift upgrade. In contrast, ExaGrid’s scalable GRID-based approach adds full servers—including memory, processor, disk and bandwidth—to maintain consistently fast backup performance and a fixed length backup window as data increases. This approach allows customers to confidently purchase a system that will expand to handle future data growth, keep the backup window static and avoid forklift upgrades associated with the front-end server/disk shelf architecture. Like all ExaGrid appliances, the EX13000E can be seamlessly added to any existing ExaGrid deployment and be mixed and matched with older appliances of any size, thereby eliminating obsolescence.

ExaGrid’s EX13000E’s backup performance of 24TB/hour for a 130TB GRID is more than double the backup performance per TB of any other disk backup with deduplication system. Each EX13000E has 16 2TB disks, 16GB of memory and two CPUs in a 19-inch rackmount chassis.

ExaGrid’s EX13000E was one of the select few data storage products in six categories chosen from nearly 200 entries by Storage Magazine and as a finalist for the 2011 Product of the Year Awards. The finalists in each category were selected by a panel of judges, with the Backup Hardware category covering tape libraries, tape drives for backup, media, disk backup targets, virtual tape libraries (VTL), deduplication devices and gateways appliances for cloud backup.

Supporting Quote

  • Mark Crespi, Vice President of Product Management, ExaGrid Systems: “We are very pleased that the EX13000E has been named as a Storage Magazine/ 2011 Product of the Year finalist in Backup Hardware. The EX13000E directly addresses our customers’ needs by providing fast, scalable and cost-effective backup with deduplication. Many ExaGrid customers are currently using EX13000E systems in a GRID alongside ExaGrid systems that they deployed years ago because of the scalable GRID architecture that lets customers add full servers and avoid the obsolescence inherent to other architectures. In addition, ExaGrid is the only vendor that adds full servers into the GRID, maintaining a fixed length backup window and eliminating expensive forklift upgrades. ExaGrid customers can confidently purchase a system today knowing it will easily expand to accommodate future data growth.”

Important Features and Benefits of the ExaGrid EX Series Appliance

ExaGrid’s unique approach to disk-based backup delivers unparalleled performance and scalability without requiring costly forklift upgrades as data grows. ExaGrid customers achieve the fastest backup times because data is written directly to disk, data deduplication is performed post-process after the data is stored but most importantly ExaGrid adds full servers which include processor, memory, disk and bandwidth versus just adding disk.

ExaGrid’s disk backup system with data deduplication supports the industry’s leading backup applications and utilities, including CA ARCserve, CommVault Simpana, EMC NetWorker, HP Data Protector, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Idera SQLsafe, Linux/Unix File System Data Dumps, LiteSpeed for SQL Server, Microsoft SQL dump, Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN), Quest vRanger, Red Gate SQL Backup, Symantec Backup Exec and NetBackup, Veeam Backup & Replication, and VMware 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, tape copy, and disaster recovery without performance degradation or forklift upgrades as data grows. With offices and distribution worldwide, ExaGrid has more than 4,000 systems installed at more than 1,200 customers, and 270 published customer success stories.

For more information, contact ExaGrid at 800-868-6985 or visit  Visit “ExaGrid’s Eye on Deduplication” blog:


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