ExaGrid Shrinks Size of D2D Appliances, Boosts Performance
December 14, 2010 Alex Woodie
ExaGrid System‘s updated line of disk-to-disk (D2D) and de-duplication appliances will fit into smaller spaces, consume less energy, and consume data faster than the previous generation of appliances, the vendor announced last week.
ExaGrid’s line of EX appliances is designed to provide mid-sized companies with a scalable disk-based backup and recovery infrastructure. The Linux-based devices feature quad-core Intel Xeon processors and RAID6-protected SATA drives that attach over standard Gigabit Ethernet links. The devices are typically fed with backups from the major Windows and Linux players like Symantec and CA; IBM i customers can move the data using the QShell TAR command, a feature that was added just two months ago in response to customer requests.
The new EX devices unveiled last week are smaller but pack a bigger punch. The 1 TB through 4 TB devices (EX1000 through EX4000) now occupy 2U of rack space, instead of 3U. The smaller form factors contribute up to a 50 percent reduction in power and cooling requirements, the company says.
Customers won’t sacrifice performance with the smaller products. According to ExaGrid, the new EX1000 through EX5000 devices received a 25 percent to 160 percent boost in throughput. The entry-level EX1000, which starts at about $15,000, can suck in data at rates up to 380 GB per hour, according to ExaGrid’s website.
In addition to quicker backups, customers who adopt the new devices can hook them up to older EX devices for data replication purposes, says Marc Crespi, vice president of product management for ExaGrid. “This gives our customers a mix and match capability to use newer appliances and avoid technology obsolescence and forklift upgrades experienced with competitive disk backup appliances,” he states in a press release.