When ExaGrid entered the disk backup with de-duplication market in 2006, they knew that backup and restore was becoming a big problem. After all, backup storage is big – 50 to 100 times bigger than primary storage. But before fixing it, they asked hundreds of backup professionals to describe the problems they faced on a daily basis – and the solution they wanted so they could have total trust in their data protection process. They said:
Exagrid realised that disk-based backup with de-duplication only solved part of the problem and decided not to copy the #1 vendor in the sector – unlike so many others – because it was obvious that their scale-up architecture provided just a temporary fix and had fundamental and costly flaws.
Since then, ExaGrid has revolutionised how organisations back up and protect their data. These cost-effective disk-based backup systems help IT organisations solve two of the most pressing issues they face today: how to protect and manage an ever-increasing amount of data, and how to do so at less cost.
Exagrid's patented zone-level deduplication reduces the disk space needed by a range of 10:1 to 50:1 by storing only the unique bytes across backups instead of redundant data. Post-process deduplication delivers the fastest backups, and as data grows, only ExaGrid avoids expanding backup windows by adding full servers in a GRID. ExaGrid's unique landing zone keeps a full copy of the most recent backup on disk, delivering the fastest restores, instant VM recovery, "Instant DR," and fast tape copy. And, as data grows, ExaGrid saves 50% in total system costs compared to competitive solutions by avoiding costly "forklift" upgrades.
Multiple appliances allow full backups of 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 5TB, 7TB, 10TB, 13TB, or 21TB with corresponding raw capacity of 5TB, 7TB, 9TB, 11TB, 13TB, 16TB, 26TB, 32TB, and 48TB, respectively. Any size appliance can be mixed and matched in multiple different configurations with up to ten servers combined into a single GRID of up to 480TB raw capacity, allowing full backups of up to 210TB.
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Right from the outset, ExaGrid decided that if it was going to solve the backup challenge forever, it would need to make a number of vital commitments to its customers: