ExaGrid Claims Fastest Backup Appliance

By Stuart J. Johnston

Grid-based backup solutions vendor ExaGrid this week announced it is shipping what it claims is the fastest disk-based backup appliance available.

The new EX13000E lets customers store a 130 TB full backup, as well as weeks or months of retention, on a backup system with data deduplication and optional encryption, according to Westborough, Mass.-based ExaGrid.

"Unlike other disk backup solutions that scale by adding only disk shelves to a fixed controller and result in longer backup times as data grows, ExaGrid's scalable Grid-based approach maintains fast backup performance even as data increases," a company statement said.

The largest, and newest, appliance in ExaGrid's EX Series product line, the EX13000E features13 TB of usable storage and provides performance of 2.4 TB per hour.

ExaGrid's EX Series is built on Intel Quad Core Xeon processors, and provides enterprise SATA drives, RAID 6 hot spare, and ExaGrid software.

By combining multiple appliances, customers can create virtualized GRID systems with as much as 130 TB of usable space and performance of 24 TB per hour. In addition, the EX13000E can be combined with other members of the series, helping to protect customers against obsolescence.

The new appliance is also more energy-efficient and uses as much as half the power of previous models.

"Our groundbreaking EX13000E and 130 TB GRID addresses the requirement we constantly hear from customers who need to efficiently backup data today and also scale in a cost-effective manner to meet future needs," Marc Crespi, vice president of product management, said in a statement.

"As each server is plugged into the switch and virtualized into the GRID, performance is maintained and backup times do not increase as data is added," the company said.

ExaGrid's new EX13000E starts at $69,900.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on May 26, 2011