Canadian Company Switches to ExaGrid to Increase Data Protection
and Optimize Environment
MARLBOROUGH, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/BackupStorage?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#BackupStoragelt;/agt;–ExaGrid®,
a leading provider of intelligent hyperconverged storage for backup,
today announced that Ahearn
& Soper has optimized and further protected its backup
environment by establishing offsite replication using ExaGrid
hyperconverged backup with data deduplication, and has been able to
match its data growth due to ExaGrid’s scalable architecture.
Ahearn & Soper Inc. provides barcode software and hardware solutions
that improve accuracy, tracking, and efficiency within distribution,
manufacturing, and healthcare operations. The company is headquartered
in Toronto, Ontario, and operates across North America from branch sales
and service offices.
Ahearn & Soper decided to add disaster recovery (DR) to its backup
environment and wanted a solution that provided offsite replication.
“ExaGrid came to our site and explained how the system worked and the
benefits of its architecture. We were quite impressed with the product
because of the self-contained nature of the system and how it handles
deduplication and replication offsite,” said William Rosenblath, IT
manager and systems engineer at Ahearn & Soper. “ExaGrid’s data
deduplication has enabled us to retain more data and keep older recovery
points—some that go back up to two years—where we could only store a few
months’ worth with our previous system.”
As Ahearn & Soper’s data has grown, Rosenblath worked with his ExaGrid
support engineer to scale the existing ExaGrid systems. “Our data has
doubled in size since we first installed our ExaGrid systems, so we
purchased additional appliances. Our support engineer guided us through
the installation of the new appliances from the upgrade process to
transferring data to the new system. Last year, we had issues with
upgrading our older appliance to the latest version of the firmware. We
had two appliances at our DR site, but only one at our primary site and
this was complicating the issue. ExaGrid swapped out the two appliances
at the DR site for one appliance that matched our primary site
appliance, at no cost to us. ExaGrid stands behind their product very
well and provides excellent technical support when issues do arise,”
In addition to increasing data protection through expanded retention and
offsite replication, ExaGrid’s disk-based backup has fit into Ahearn &
Soper’s plan to virtualize its environment for greater efficiency.
“Since moving to ExaGrid, we’ve transitioned to a VMware system and
virtualized our data center. We upgraded Arcserve to back up VMware, and
now we’re backing up system images instead of files. Our ExaGrid system
deduplicates those images and replicates them offsite, so we have full
system images that we can restore from. After improving our networking
and our data center systems, the efficiency has gone up tenfold. We used
to have a goal of just getting our daily incrementals done overnight,
and now they’re usually completed within an hour or two,” said
Rosenblath. “Switching to ExaGrid has saved us so much time on backup
management. It’s almost a ‘set it and forget it’ type of model, so all
we need to do is monitor it and make sure that everything is working,”
Read the complete Ahearn
& Soper customer success story to learn more about the company’s
experience using ExaGrid.
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