ExaGrid Systems, Inc., the leader in cost-effective and scalable disk-based
backup solutions with data deduplication, today announced that an increasing
number of companies are leveraging ExaGrid's disk-based backup with
deduplication systems and Veeam Software's virtual server data protection
solutions to enable faster backups, instant virtual machine (VM) restores, more
efficient data storage and offsite replication.
IT departments are challenged with data growth, longer retention periods, and
the need to recover quickly when systems fail. This coupled with a proliferation
in virtualized servers means there is a greater need for IT departments to have
better backup and disaster recovery for VMs.
Veeam Backup & Replication provides fast, flexible and reliable recovery
of virtualized applications and data for both VMware vSphere and Microsoft
Hyper-V. The ExaGrid and Veeam partnership offers a cost-effective disk-based
backup solution maximizing data reduction, accelerating recovery times and
offering scalability to handle data growth without costly forklift upgrades.
Joint customers of ExaGrid and Veeam's industry-leading VMware data
protection solutions can target their Veeam-based virtual machine backups to the
ExaGrid appliance. Unlike competing disk backup appliances which only maintain a
deduplicated copy of data and can take hours to reassemble or "rehydrate" the
backup data, ExaGrid's high speed landing zone maintains a full copy of the
latest Veeam backups in their original formats. This means that users can
instantly recover and run a VM from the ExaGrid system in case the primary VM is
Portland, OR-based Hoffman Construction Co., one of the largest general
contractors in the U.S. with an annual volume of more than $1 billion, has
leveraged the ExaGrid/Veeam integration to maximize its data reduction and
achieve fast, reliable backups and restores.
- The IT team at Hoffman Construction supports about 600 users who require
continuous access to data and servers over WAN connections. The team had been
running VM snapshots to backup to tape, but the backup windows were growing. A
backup of a single database would take as long as six hours to complete. The
company was at risk that its data wouldn't be protected in the event of a
- Hoffman Construction began turning to disk-based backup for the
virtualized servers in 2010, including five VMware ESX hosts and 60 VMs. Hoffman
was restoring its VMs and the Veeam backups on the same storage area network
(SAN). Storage volume took up so much of the SAN's capacity that Hoffman's IT
team had limited ability to add more VMs as needed.
- Needing to restore 100 percent of its VMs almost instantly, Hoffman
Construction implemented the solution that integrates Veeam Backup &
Replication with ExaGrid's unique landing zone architecture, providing fast and
reliable backups. The Hoffman IT team can run an entire VM directly from the
ExaGrid system, which minimizes downtime and disruption.
- The combined ExaGrid and Veeam solution can scale as Hoffman's data grows
by simply plugging in more ExaGrid appliances, creating a larger virtual pool of
storage. Because of ExaGrid's GRID architecture, the amount of backup capacity
can expand seamlessly, with no costly forklift upgrades.
- Hoffman Construction recently suffered a major SAN crash, losing all of
the data stored on its VMs. However, thanks to the Veeam/ExaGrid solution, the
IT team was able to restore 100 percent of the VMs right away.
The combination of ExaGrid and Veeam is also enabling faster backups and more
efficient data storage for a number of other large companies, including:
- American Standard, a leading North American manufacturer of bath and
- Luby's Fuddruckers Restaurants LLC, which operates restaurants under the
brands Luby's Cafeteria and Fuddruckers and provides foodservice management
through its Luby's Culinary Services division.
- Poulin Grain, Inc., a Vermont-based company specializing in high quality
dairy, equine, pet and livestock feeds.
Kelly Bott, field technician and technical specialist for Hoffman
Construction: "With the ExaGrid and Veeam configuration, we have gained a huge
amount of confidence and a real peace of mind. Before we had the combination of
ExaGrid and Veeam, we were facing a big risk that if the SAN went down, we
didn't have terabytes of recoverability available to us. Our VM restores are
much faster. This integrated solution is absolutely a winning scenario in
flexibility and scalability."
Marc Crespi, VP of product management for ExaGrid: "Companies like Hoffman
Construction are reaping significant benefits from the integration of Veeam and
ExaGrid, including greater availability of their virtualized environments and a
significantly shorter recovery time. Combined, Veeam and ExaGrid enable on and
offsite backups to grow with your organization's needs cost-effectively, and
without the hassle of ongoing management and configuration."
Rick Hoffman, VP of Channels and Alliances at Veeam: "With the ExaGrid and
Veeam integration and ExaGrid's architecture, backups are always ready in
complete form to instantly restore, which saves Veeam customers from the
frustrations of having to rehydrate backup data. Companies like Hoffman
Construction are saving valuable time and headaches leveraging the ExaGrid
architecture in tandem with Veeam Backup and Replication."