US Legal Support Taps ExaGrid and Veeam for Improved Backups

US Legal Support Taps ExaGrid and Veeam for Improved Backups

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer  |  August 11, 2015

Those who aren't familiar with just how valuable system backups really are have never suffered through a damaged computer or a bout of ransomware. Those who have know firsthand the value of having all that formerly lost data stored and ready to be placed on a new computer. U.S. Legal Support, is putting new power in its backups with the combined might of two new solutions.

U.S. Legal Support has, according to reports, brought in the combined force of ExaGrid Systems' server data protection systems and the Veeam Backup & Replication system, known collectively as the ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover. The combined system is said to work with both VMware's vSphere and the Microsoft (News - Alert) Hyper-V virtual environment system.

This combined force will likely prove particularly important as U.S. Legal Support has a lot of data it needs to back up on a routine basis. A privately held company founded in 1996, U.S. Legal Support has over 60 offices to its credit throughout the United States, and offers a host of litigation services ranging from court reporting to eDiscovery options and trial services for a variety of different firms. This in turn means that the company has everything from audio and video depositions to exhibits and a host of other data to keep track of. While the company has some substantial database operations, and recently consolidated its data center management operations, there was still one problem: the company had over 100 terabytes of data that needed to be backed up.

As explained by U.S. Legal Services' Ryan McClain, who serves as the company's systems architect, the two biggest problems for a 100-plus terabyte system are cost and speed. At the time, the company was spending over $3,000 a month on a 30 terabyte backup solution, but after that 30 terabyte point was reached, operations slowed to a crawl. The company had a 200MB connection, but that was still grindingly slow, and any errors brought the system to a standstill.

The ExaGrid/Veeam solution offers up two sets of de-duplication tools, allowing for a reduction ratio of 3.97:1, which allows the company the ability to store what amounts to 116 terabytes of data in a space meant to store 30 terabytes of data. Backup times were reduced 84 percent, reports noted, and network resource drain also fell accordingly. The combined effort was considered sufficiently scalable that it could be added upon later for increased storage.

That's where this system really shines. It’s done a great job by all reports with the current loadout, but that really only means so much. What good is it to have a solution that fills all the current need, but when tomorrow starts up, suddenly it's insufficient? A solution that can respond to tomorrow's needs as readily as today's is a much more valuable solution, and one that will likely get a lot more attention.

U.S. Legal Support's use of the ExaGrid/Veeam system should prove to be a useful solution now and in the future. Backups are highly important to have on hand—sometimes even legally necessary—and being able to back up systems quickly and efficiently will likely prove a prized development.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino
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