ExaGrid EX Review

We don't need to migrate data each time when we upgrade our controller, because the system will scale-out.

What is most valuable?

  • Post process dedup
  • Landing zone/retention zone architecture
  • Veeam Data Mover service may run on ExaGrid appliance
  • Instant VM restore from an image in landing zone
  • Scale-out

How has it helped my organization?

Shorter backup/restore windows let us use our backup servers more efficiently. Our tech guys spend half the effort (time) compared to before. We don't need to migrate data each time when we upgrade our controller, because the system will scale-out.

What needs improvement?

Basically nothing at all. ExaGrid works flawlessly.

For how long have I used the solution?

One and a half years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Very easy deployment, plug and play. When you add another node to the grid, you don't have to do anything.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability problems encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is one of the strengths of ExaGrid. You can go up to 25 nodes without any problem.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Eight out of 10.

Technical Support:

Nine out of 10. We had a direct technical contact.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

EMC Data Domain. It's so slow and can't scale-out.

How was the initial setup?

Not at all, just plug and play.

What about the implementation team?

We use our own resources.

What was our ROI?

Backup and restore processes are much shorter now, and we don't need forklift upgrades every three to four years. Easy to scale-out by adding another node. Also 100% Veeam compatibility.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price may be a concern for SME customers. Enterprise customers would pay to achieve high performance and scalability that EMC Data Domain can't provide.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, EMC Data Domain, HPE StoreOnce.

What other advice do I have?

ExaGrid is a definite purchase.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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