International SOS Improves Backups with ExaGrid Systems

ExaGrid Systems announces that International SOS UK has chosen the ExaGrid system to achieve faster backups and restores, and remove the hassles associated with tape backup.

International SOS UK is the local arm of the world's leading provider of medical assistance, international healthcare, security services and outsourced customer care. It had been experiencing issues with its nightly tape backups. With long backup and restore times and tape management issues causing problems on a daily basis, the staff decided to look for an alternative solution.

After considering systems from both ExaGrid and a competing solution, International SOS UK chose a two site ExaGrid system to back up data in the their London office.

ExaGrid combines last backup compression along with data deduplication, which only stores changes from backup to backup instead of storing full file copies. This unique approach reduces the disk space required by a range of 10:1 to 50:1 or more, delivering unparalleled cost savings and performance. ExaGrid delivers extremely fast backup performance because data is written directly to disk, and data deduplication is performed post-process after the data is stored to reduce data.

ExaGrid's GRID computing software makes the system highly scalable, and when plugged into a switch, different sized configurations can be mixed and matched into a single GRID system with capacities of up to a 60TB full backup plus retention. When virtualized, they appear as a single system to the backup server, and load balancing of all data across servers is automatic.

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