City of Aurora, CO Replaces Tape Backups with Disk-based ExaGrid System

Data Restores Reduced from Days to Minutes

a leading provider of hyper-converged secondary storage for backup,
today announced that the City
of Aurora
, Colorado’s third largest city, has replaced its
tape-based backups with ExaGrid’s disk-based
backup storage system

The City chose ExaGrid due to a variety of features and benefits,

  • unique scale-out architecture eliminates the need for forklift upgrades
  • adaptive data deduplication minimizes data footprint to maximize
    storage capacity
  • trade-in program allows the City to consolidate/upgrade appliances in
    the future; models of any size or age can be mixed and matched in a
    single system
  • offsite replication provides disaster recovery protection

While still using tape-based backups, the City’s backup windows were
running longer than 24 hours, so backup jobs had to be staggered and
sometimes even cut. Since installing ExaGrid, backup windows have
shortened and making tape copies no longer affects the production system
as it did in the past.

In addition to the City’s constant challenge with its backup window, its
IT staff particularly struggled with restoring user files and databases.
”Identifying and locating the correct tape(s) took time, and if it had
already been sent to offsite storage, retrieving it was time consuming,”
said Danny Santee, the City’s enterprise systems supervisor. “The whole
process was cumbersome and tedious. Restoring a user file could take up
to three days with tape, whereas with ExaGrid, the time it takes from
receiving the request to restoring the data is about half an hour. The
management of restores has been where we’ve seen our biggest gain,
especially when it comes to restoring SQL data.”

Read the complete City
of Aurora customer success story
to learn more about the company’s
experience using ExaGrid.

ExaGrid’s published customer
success stories
and enterprise
number over 360, more than all other vendors in the space
combined. These stories demonstrate how satisfied customers are with
ExaGrid’s unique architectural approach, differentiated product, and
unrivalled customer support. Customers consistently state that not only
is the product best-in-class, but ‘it just works.’

About ExaGrid
ExaGrid provides hyper-converged secondary
storage for backup with data deduplication, a unique landing zone, and
scale-out architecture. ExaGrid’s landing zone provides for the fastest
backups, restores, and instant VM recoveries. Its scale-out architecture
includes full appliances in a scale-out system and ensures a
fixed-length backup window as data grows, eliminating expensive forklift
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Christine Murphy, 508-898-2872 x248

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