|[May 08, 2013]
Colleges and Universities Increasingly Choosing ExaGrid to Achieve Better Backups
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
ExaGrid Systems, Inc. (www.exagrid.com)
the leader in scalable and cost-effective disk-based
backup solutions with data
deduplication, today announced that higher education
institutions are increasingly choosing ExaGrid's disk-based backup
appliances with deduplication to gain faster backups and restores and
seamless scalability as data grows.
As a result of implementing ExaGrid, IT departments at a growing number
of prestigious colleges and universities have reduced backup times by up
to 90%, improved offsite disaster recovery capabilities, reduced or
eliminated tape backup, and dramatically sped up their restores of
files, objects, and virtual machines - while also avoiding costly
"forklift upgrades" associated with other approaches that do not scale
Higher education institutions�are choosing ExaGrid's disk backup with
deduplication to meet their backup and recovery needs in large part
because of ExaGrid's unique
approach to disk backup, which combines compute with capacity as
data grows in a "scale-out" architecture along with a landing zone for
rapid restores. Other disk backup solutions that expand in a "scale-up"
architecture by adding just disk capacity without adding compute
resources result in downstream problems including ever-expanding backup
windows and expensive forklift upgrades. These other solutions also only
store deduplicated data, resulting in slow system restores and tape
copies, and slow recoveries of files, VMs and objects that take hours
versus minutes. ExaGrid is th only solution that permanently shortens
backup windows without expensive forklift upgrades, and also enables the
fastest full system restores and rapid restore of files, VMs and objects
in as fast as minutes.
education institutions that have turned to ExaGrid to solve their
backup challenges include:
Keene State College: The Keene State College IT department
selected ExaGrid to meet its need for shorter backup windows and
greater backup reliability. After implementing the ExaGrid system, the
team was able to reduce the backup time for the college's main file
server by 95%, from 20 hours to just 45 minutes.
Furman University: Furman University turned to ExaGrid's
appliances to replace its aging tape library. ExaGrid offered the
university a faster, more reliable backup solution that reduced the
amount of time spent managing tape backups. Since implementing the
ExaGrid disk backup with deduplication solution, Furman's IT team
reported a dramatic reduction in backup data by 22:1 and a 75%
reduction in nightly backup times - from as much as six hours to about
Plymouth State University: The Plymouth State University IT
department needed to move away from tape, and chose disk-based backup
to make their data protection processes faster and more reliable.
ExaGrid was an ideal choice as the appliance worked with the
university's existing backup application and made switching from tape
easy. Since installation, the university has cut its backup windows in
half and achieved data deduplication ratios as high as 20:1 with 30
days of retention.
Sarah Lawrence College: Sarah Lawrence College's IT team knew
that it wanted to move away from tape, and even considered backing up
to primary disk in a co-location facility. The team chose ExaGrid's
disk backup with deduplication as a way to reduce backup data volumes
and the high projected cost of disk space, power draw, and rack space
in the co-location facility. Since backing up to ExaGrid, the IT
department has seen the college's backup window reduced from between
24-36 hours per week to 10-12 hours.
Marc Crespi, vice president of product management for ExaGrid
Systems: "These education institutions experienced many of the
same pain points that made ExaGrid's unique approach to disk backup
with deduplication an attractive solution. Most of these customers
were experiencing rapid data growth, backups running outside the
available window, long restore times, and the management headaches of
tape backup. Each of these campuses solved their backup challenges
with ExaGrid's proven architecture built for backup and optimized for
backup and restore performance and cost-effective scalability.
Kevin Forrest, system administrator for Keene State College: "Decreasing
our backup windows and the time the IT team spent on backups each
night was a huge factor in why we chose to implement an ExaGrid
appliance. Since installation, backup times have decreased
significantly and we're all able to sleep better at night knowing our
data will be completely backed up by the time we arrive to work each
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 5,500 systems installed at more than 1,655
customers, and more than 320 published customer success stories.
For more information, contact ExaGrid at 800-868-6985 or visit www.exagrid.com.
Visit "ExaGrid's Eye on Deduplication" blog: http://blog.exagrid.com/.
ExaGrid is a registered trademark of ExaGrid Systems, Inc. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
[ InfoTech Spotlight's Homepage ]