Georgia Crown Distributing Company* had been backing up its physical servers to disk and then to tape, but when the firm decided to virtualize, its data increased rapidly and backup times grew to nearly 19 hours a day.
“Once we started going down the virtual path, our data grew quickly and we had a hard time keeping up with it. We started with five virtual servers and before we knew it, we had 25 with our data spiraling out of control,” said David Brown, systems analyst for Georgia Crown. Initially, the firm’s IT staff decided to purchase additional disk along with software designed to reduce redundant data; however, the solution didn’t meet expectations. After doing some research, Georgia Crown decided to install the ExaGrid system along with Dell vRanger. “We’ve been very happy with the ExaGrid vRanger combination. The two products work hand-in-hand and are tightly integrated,” said Brown. “We were also impressed with its approach to data deduplication. With the ExaGrid, the data is first backed up to a landing zone and then deduplicated, so backup jobs fly.”
Brown said that Georgia Crown’s backup times have been reduced from 19 hours to 6.5 hours, despite the fact that the firm’s data has doubled since the system was installed. “Our backup speeds are extremely impressive, especially in light of the fact that our data continues to increase,” he said. “We’re saving time in other ways, too. For example, we can restore data with the touch of a button instead of having to deal with tape. Our data is right on the system and available to us at any time. We’ve gotten to the point where we don’t even think about backups or restores.”
“Our backup data is constantly growing. ExaGrid’s GRID architecture gives us an extra level of comfort because we’re confident that we’ll be able to scale the system up to meet increased backup demands,” said Brown. “We’ve already added onto the system and found the process incredibly easy and straightforward. I simply plugged in the additional unit, called into ExaGrid support, gave our engineer the IP addresses to complete the configuration, and it was up and running.”
* Georgia Crown Distributing Company is a full service beverage distributor that sells imported and domestic spirits, wines, beers, and bottled water with wholesale operations in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.