Backup Storage Innovation of the Year
ExaGrid won “Backup Storage Innovation of the Year” in the Storage, Digitalisation + Cloud (SDC) Awards 2019. The SDC Awards – the new name for Angel Business Communications’ IT awards – is firmly focused on recognizing and rewarding success in the products and services that are the foundation for digital transformation. ExaGrid’s EX Series backup storage appliances with data deduplication won the award based on both customer and reseller vote.
Enterprise Backup Hardware Product of the Year
ExaGrid has been voted Storage Magazine’s “Enterprise Backup Hardware Product of the Year” at its annual awards ceremony Storries XVI. The Storries XVI awards ceremony took place in London, where ExaGrid was pleased to host reseller and strategic alliance partners Arrow, Fortem-IT, Nutanix, S3 – Trustmarque Solutions, and Veeam Software.
Hardware Product of the Year
ExaGrid’s model EX63000E appliance has been voted “Hardware Product of the Year” at the annual Network Computing award ceremony held in London on May 2, 2019. Winners are determined by public vote, so receipt of this award is especially important; it heralds the collective voices of ExaGrid’s customers and partners, and further validates the excellence of ExaGrid’s differentiated product architecture and superior customer service model.
Hyper-convergence Company of the Year
ExaGrid has been honoured by SVC with its 2018 Hyper-convergence Company of the Year award, a category newly introduced this year. Winners were announced at the SVC Awards Gala Ceremony at The Millennium Gloucester Hotel London on November 22, 2018.
Vendor of the Year – Enterprise Backup Storage
ExaGrid has been named Storage Magazine’s “Enterprise Backup Storage Vendor of the Year” at its annual awards ceremony – the Storries XV – in London, UK. Winners are determined by public vote, so receipt of this award is especially important; it heralds the collective voices of ExaGrid’s customers and partners, and further validates the excellence of ExaGrid’s differentiated product architecture and superior customer service model.
2018 Network Computing Finalist ‘Return on Investment’
ExaGrid has once again been selected as a finalist by Network Computing for its 2018 ‘Return on Investment’ award, first introduced – and won by ExaGrid – in 2015. This award recognizes the solution that helps organizations reduce operating costs and/or improve productivity. ExaGrid is the only vendor in its market to provide a purpose-built, scale-out approach to disk-based backup with deduplication, protecting its customers from the requisite forklift upgrades that they face with competitive approaches as their data grows. [..] ExaGrid’s nomination follows its strong momentum with the recent introduction of the company’s most innovative technology to date with the release of its EX63000E appliance, doubling the full backup capacity of a single system comprised of 32 EX63000E appliances to a 2PB full backup (with offsite long-term data retention of up to 4PB) at an ingest rate of 432TB/hr.
Finalist – 2017 Product of the Year Award
ExaGrid has been named a finalist for TechTarget’s Storage Magazine/SearchStorage.com’s 2017 “Product of the Year” award. ExaGrid’s EX series of backup storage appliances were selected for the “Backup and DR Hardware” category.
“These premier awards are of particular import as the panel of judges are genuine experts in an increasingly complex segment of data center technology,” said Bill Andrews, CEO and President of ExaGrid. “To have been selected given their stringent criteria is an honour of which we’re quite proud.”
Placed in Top Category for Fourth Consecutive Year
ExaGrid has once again been ranked in the top category of “Recommended” in the DCIG Deduplication Backup Target Appliance Buyer’s Guide.
According to Jerome Wendt, President & Lead Analyst at DCIG, “Enterprises need faster, more scalable, easier to manage deduplication backup target appliances that also accelerate recoveries than ever before. The ExaGrid EX40000E and EX32000, ranked as Recommended in the DCIG 2018 Deduplication Backup Target Appliance Buyer’s Guide, exemplify these requirements.”
“This is the fourth consecutive year that ExaGrid has earned top-most positions in the DCIG Buyer’s Guides, which continues to validate the power of our differentiated product architecture and the speed and reliability it delivers,” said Bill Andrews, CEO of ExaGrid. “We’re very proud of this continued distinction.”
Hyper-Converged Backup and Recovery Product of the Year
ExaGrid’s EX series of backup appliances has been honoured by SVC with its 2017 Hyper-Converged Backup and Recovery Product of the Year award.
According to Jason Holloway, Director of IT Publishing at Angel Business Communications, publishers of the Digitalisation World stable of titles, “The SVC Awards recognise the users, manufacturers and suppliers operating in the storage, virtualisation and cloud sectors and are voted for by the readers of our wide range of print and online publications. All finalists did well in reaching the high standard shortlist, but ExaGrid was the clear winner in its category.”
“Product of the Year, Backup and Recovery/Archive”
SVC awarded ExaGrid’s EX40000E appliance its 2016 “Product of the Year, Backup and Recovery/Archive.” Winners were determined by popular vote and were announced at the SVC Awards Gala Ceremony on December 1 in London. The SVC Awards recognize the products, projects and services – as well as honor companies and teams – operating with excellence in the cloud, virtualization, and storage sectors. The SVC Awards also recognize the achievements of end users, channel partners, and vendors […] “We’re pleased to be in such good company. ExaGrid exemplifies strategic partnership – the company, its people, and most certainly its technology and product,” said Andy Vandeveld, Vice President of Global Strategic Alliances at Veeam. “It comes as no surprise that ExaGrid was voted Product of the Year in its category. ExaGrid has done extensive integration between its appliance and Veeam Availability solutions. ExaGrid brings data deduplication to save on disk storage and preserves the Veeam value proposition of VM boots and restores in seconds to minutes, keeping the ‘Always On’ datacenter available and responsive quickly and consistently. We congratulate ExaGrid on this impressive win!”
High Ranking in Buyer’s Guide
DCIG listed ExaGrid disk-based backup appliances as “Recommended,” the highest ranking, in its 2016-17 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. According to the report, ExaGrid’s scale-out architecture, unique landing zone, and ongoing virtualization enhancements helped the EX40000E and EX32000E appliances place in the “Recommended” grouping.
According to DCIG’s analysts, the report found that ExaGrid offers a unique architecture that combines a landing zone and full appliances in a scale-out GRID, differentiating the company from its competition. “This is the third consecutive year that ExaGrid has earned top-most positions in the DCIG Buyer’s Guides, which underscores the value of our differentiated product architecture and the speed and reliability it delivers,” said Bill Andrews, CEO of ExaGrid. “We’re very proud of this continued distinction.”
“Product of the Year, Value for the Money”
ExaGrid’s EX40000E appliance was honored with the “Product of the Year, Value for the Money” award at the 2016 Storage Awards ceremony in London. Winners were determined by a public vote, once again validating the excellence of the technology and service delivered by ExaGrid to its customers and partners. “Being honored with the ‘Value for the Money’ award is fantastic recognition of the industry-leading price/performance of the EX40000E,” said Andy Walsky, ExaGrid’s Vice President of EMEA Sales. “Organizations continue to tighten their IT budgets and mandate that staff do more with less. From our base of over 10,000 customer installations and hundreds of partners, we’re consistently hearing that customers choose ExaGrid appliances over other systems for faster backup and restore performance, VM boots in seconds to minutes, cost-effective scalability, and all-around superior value in terms of price/performance.”
ExaGrid VP of Sales – 2016 Channel Chief
ExaGrid’s vice president of sales, Nick Ganio, was named one of CRN’s 2016 Channel Chiefs. Channel Chiefs are selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for the importance of IT Channel Sales.
“Product of the Year, Backup Hardware”
Storage Magazine/TechTarget named ExaGrid’s EX32000E as its 2015 “Gold” Product of the Year, Backup Hardware – its top distinction in the category! These annual awards showcase the year’s latest and greatest products. According to Storage Magazine, “Winners in the backup hardware group for the 2015 Products of the Year awards faced a crowded competition this year […] The hardware among backup vendors continues to evolve, with sellers emphasizing the use of deduplication to shorten backup windows and systems that are more efficient.”
ExaGrid Named Sole ‘Visionary’ in Magic Quadrant
In Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances, ExaGrid was the only company listed as a ‘visionary.’ Companies named as “Visionaries” deliver innovative products with capabilities that are often ahead of the mainstream in the market. Criteria used by Gartner to measure completeness of vision include innovation, offering (product) strategy, and market understanding as well as geographic strategy, vertical/industry strategy, marketing strategy, sales strategy, and business model.
“We believe that ExaGrid’s unique landing zone with scale-out architecture is the only solution on the market that can meet – and even exceed – all of the IT data center’s backup needs. We also believe that Gartner’s recognition and our industry-high customer retention rate are true testaments to our innovation and sustained success,” said Bill Andrews, CEO of ExaGrid.
“Finalist – Backup and Recovery/Archive Product of the Year”
The Storage, Virtualisation, Cloud (SVC) Awards reward the products, projects and services as well as honour companies and teams operating in the cloud, virtualisation and storage sectors. ExaGrid has been named a Finalist in the Storage category for “Backup and Recovery/Archive Product of the Year.”
“Most Valuable Product Award”
Computer Technology Review honored ExaGrid’s disk-based backup appliance with its “Most Valuable Product (MVP) 2015” award. CTR named ExaGrid’s solution as among those that “should be at the top of every IT professional’s evaluation shortlist.” Comprehensively reviewed by the CTR editorial team across judging criteria that included product innovation, functionality, and affordability, the ExaGrid appliance stood out as a scalable, cost-effective disk-based backup with data deduplication solution that revolutionizes how organizations back up and protect their data.
“Service to Industry Award”
Graham Woods, ExaGrid’s Vice President of International Systems Engineers, was presented with the “Service to Industry Award” at the Storage Awards 2015, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on June 18. This award recognizes Woods’ contributions to the data protection and storage-related industry sectors.
“Return on Investment Award”
ExaGrid is the first recipient of Network Computing’s ‘Return on Investment’ award that was presented at the annual awards ceremony in London. This award further validates ExaGrid’s leadership position in the disk-based backup storage with deduplication market. The ‘Return on Investment’ award is a new award category introduced in 2015 and represents the solution which helps organisations reduce operating costs and/or improve productivity.
“Best in Class 2014”
Independent analyst firm DCIG gives ExaGrid’s EX13000E top ranking of “Recommended.” Dominating two of DCIG’s most recent buyer’s guides, ExaGrid earned the top 6 of the top 10 positions in the DCIG 2014-15 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Under $50K Buyer’s Guide and 7 of the top 10 positions in the DCIG 2014-15 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Under $100K Buyer’s Guide reports.
ExaGrid Named a Visionary in Magic Quadrant
ExaGrid was positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Visionaries quadrant of its first Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances research publication. Companies named as “Visionaries” deliver innovative products with capabilities that are often ahead of the mainstream in the market.
“Deduplication is considered to be a transformational technology by Gartner, because this technology is instrumental in modernizing traditional tape backup,” explained Gartner analysts, Pushan Rinnen, Dave Russell and Jimmie Chang. “Due to the high duplicated nature of traditional backup jobs, which are often implemented as daily incremental backups with a weekly full backup, deduplication backup target appliances can often achieve 10-times to 30-times the storage capacity reduction ratio.”
“Disk-Based Product of the Year Award”
Storage Magazine presented its “Disk-Based Product of the Year Award – Small/Midrange” to ExaGrid at the Annual Storage Awards 2014 ceremony in London. Winners were determined by a public vote, further validating the industry’s recognition of the superior performance and scalability of ExaGrid’s solution.
“Best in Class 2013”
Independent analyst firm DCIG named ExaGrid’s EX series ‘Best in Class’ for its unique combination of scalability, management, and hardware capabilities that differentiates the company from its competition. The ExaGrid appliance earned seven of the top ten positions in the DCIG 2013 Midrange Deduplication Backup Appliance Under $50k Buyer’s Guide and DCIG 2013 Midrange Deduplication Backup Appliance Under $100k Buyer’s Guide reports.”Our findings show that deduplication and scalability are two of the most impactful features organizations should look to for improved backup — ExaGrid’s solutions stand well above the competition on both fronts,” said Jerome Wendt, President and Lead Analyst of DCIG.
“Backup Champion 2013”
Based on a superior architecture and value, ExaGrid tops the market in InfoTech Research Group’s comprehensive assessment, “Vendor Landscape: Disk Backup,” an independent and unbiased review of solutions and vendors.
According to the report, “ExaGrid has an innovative architecture that solves many of the scalability and recoverability issues that many organizations are facing right now. Any organization that can consider backup to disk over Ethernet should have a look at ExaGrid.”
“Disk-Based Product of the Year Award”
ExaGrid was named “Disk-Based Product of the Year: Small/Midrange” at Storage Magazine’s Annual Storage Awards 2013 ceremony in London. This award follows the issuance of a U.S. patent for ExaGrid’s unique zone-level deduplication technology as well as publication of a review by industry analyst Enterprise Strategy Group, showing how the ExaGrid-Veeam integration has transformed the recovery of VMs.
2012 Product of the Year – Data Backup Hardware
ExaGrid’s EX130-GRID-SEC system was selected as a bronze winner in the Data Backup Hardware category of Storage Magazine/Search Storage.com’s 2012 Product of the Year. ExaGrid’s EX130-GRID-SEC with data at rest encryption and Secure Erase was one of the select few data storage products chosen first as one of 52 finalists from more than 160 entries, and eventually one of 14 selected as 2012’s best data storage products.
“Securing backup data has become an absolute requirement for many organizations, in part due to government regulations such as HIPAA, GLBA, and Sarbanes-Oxley that place stringent requirements to secure and backup a wide range of data. This award is further recognition of the world-class enterprise security features found in ExaGrid’s product line, including encryption at rest, vulnerability hardening, SMB signing and Secure Erase. ExaGrid’s EX130-GRID-SEC with encryption at rest and Secure Erase directly addresses our customers’ needs for capabilities that allow them to comply with the strictest security and confidentiality rules,” said Marc Crespi, ExaGrid’s vice president of product management.
“Technology of the Year 2013”
ExaGrid’s EX Series was selected as an “InfoWorld 2013 Technology of the Year Award” winner. Winners were announced by InfoWorld on January 9, 2013. InfoWorld‘s Test Center editors and reviewers select technologies with the goal of identifying the best and most innovative products on the IT landscape.
In a review published on the InfoWorld website, reviewer Matt Prigge wrote the following: “Although data deduplication has become fairly common, not all backup appliances are created equal; the real trick is providing seamless scalability and offsite replication capabilities. ExaGrid’s scale-out architecture guarantees that even as your data grows, your backup windows won’t. Each of the seven available models offers a balanced blend of performance and capacity, and they can combine into a single grid that spreads deduplicated data evenly across all grid members. This unique scale-out grid architecture — and a truly refreshing dedicated support model — sets ExaGrid apart from the pack and into a class of its own.”
“Product of the Year Finalist”
ExaGrid’s EX13000E Encrypted Disk Backup with Deduplication System with Secure ERASE was one of just eight finalists selected in the category of disk backup hardware for 2012. This is ExaGrid’s third year receiving this recognition by Storage Magazine.
Storage Magazine and SearchStorage.com editors and other storage industry experts along with storage users judged the entries and selected finalists based on: innovation, performance, ease of integration into environment, ease of use and manageability, functionality and value.
“Value for the Money”
ExaGrid was named Storage Magazine‘s “Value for Money” product of the year at the annual awards ceremony. Reinforcing its world-class technology and performance, it was also shortlisted for the ‘Lab Tested’ product of the year. Winners were determined by a public vote, proving that the industry truly believes in the technology and service delivered by ExaGrid to its customers.
“CRN Channel Chief”
For the second consecutive year, ExaGrid’s Vice President of Sales, Nick Ganio, has been named one of CRN’s 2012 Channel Chiefs. This prestigious list of the most influential and powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization, while evangelizing and defending the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT Industry.
“Product of the Year Finalist”
ExaGrid’s EX13000E disk backup appliance was been selected as a finalist in the Backup Hardware category of Storage Magazine/SearchStorage.com’s 2011 Product of the Year Awards. The EX13000E was one of the select few data storage products in six categories chosen from nearly 200 entries. The finalists in each category were selected by a panel of judges, with the Backup Hardware category covering tape libraries, tape drives for backup, media, disk backup targets, virtual tape libraries (VTL), deduplication devices and gateway appliances for cloud backup.
“Best Channel Vendor”
ExaGrid was named by Business Solutions magazine’s (BSM) VAR subscribers as one of the Best Channel Vendors in 2012. This designation came as a result of a web-based survey distributed by Business Solutions for its VAR subscribers, which was conducted in partnership with Penn State University to ensure statistical accuracy. ExaGrid received a total 4.52 score out of 5 in the seven categories posed to vendor partners: service and support, channel loyalty, channel program, product features, product reliability, product innovation and VAR margins.
“CRN Data Center 100”
ExaGrid was named in the CRN Data Center 100. ExaGrid offers a disk backup appliance with deduplication purpose-built for backup that includes an architecture optimized for performance, scalability and price. ExaGrid works with backup applications and utilities from several major companies.
“Disk Backup Champion”
As a Disk Backup Champion, ExaGrid received the highest rating from Info-Tech Research Group for its exceptional product architecture and overall vendor score highlighting the company’s ‘exemplary’ strategy and strong viability, reach and channel.
“#1 Best in Class”
The 2011 Midrange Deduplication Appliance Buyer’s Guide rated the ExaGrid EX13000E “Best-in-Class” out of 37 different deduplication solutions for its functionality and capability. All ExaGrid appliances rated as “Recommended” scoring a 9.8 in technical support. ExaGrid rated as “Excellent” for hardware across all products.
“Best Deployment Scenario”
Strategic Hotels & Resorts was awarded Info Security Products Guide’s Best Deployment Scenario, reporting a three-month ROI with a savings of over $150,000 per year for its deployment of ExaGrid’s disk-based backup with deduplication.
“One to Watch”
ExaGrid was named Storage Magazine’s ‘One to Watch’ at the annual awards ceremony, reinforcing its world-class technology and performance. Winners were determined by a public vote, proving that the industry truly believes in the technology and service delivered by ExaGrid to its customers.
“Top 50 Venture-Backed Company”
Start-ups with potential for technological breakthroughs in health care, mobile communications and business software topped The Wall Street Journal’s second annual Next Big Thing list. The ranking — compiled by research firm VentureSource, a unit of Journal owner News Corp. — seeks to pinpoint the 50 U.S. venture-backed companies with the greatest promise to succeed.
“CRN Channel Chief”
Everything Channel’s CRN named ExaGrid’s Nick Ganio as a 2011 Channel Chief. Channel Chiefs are leaders in creating effective channel programs for solution providers. They consistently defend, promote and execute effective channel partner programs and strategies. For the eighth consecutive year the Channel Chiefs were chosen based by Everything Channel editorial on criteria including policy and program innovations made during the past year, the amount of revenue their company generates through partners, their willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel, and the number of years they have dedicated to channel activities.
GreenBank Wins InfoWorld 100 Award for Use of ExaGrid System
ExaGrid Customer GreenBank has won the InfoWorld 100 Award for Dramatically Improved Backup and Disaster Recovery Deployment for its innovative use of the ExaGrid system. After struggling with tape-based backups that would often fail, GreenBank switched to an ExaGrid system and now full backups are completed in just a third of the time and data is easily restored, all while keeping up with GreenBank’s rapid data growth. “Being recognized for one of the most innovative IT projects of the year by InfoWorld is a great honor for GreenBank, we are very proud to have received this for our use of ExaGrid’s disk-based backup technology,” said Jason O’Dell, GreenBank’s IT manager.
To be considered for the InfoWorld 100 award, nominated projects must use multiple technologies in innovative ways to serve well-defined business goals. “Breathing new life into outdated operations, advancing business goals with inventive use of technology — this year’s winners demonstrate, once again, that innovative, business-minded IT is the lifeblood of successful organizations,” said Jason Snyder, senior editor for InfoWorld.
Gartner Names ExaGrid ‘Cool Vendor’ in Data Protection
Gartner has named ExaGrid in its Cool Vendors in Data Protection, 2008 report. The report points to a focus on new and less-expensive disk-based backup options that make the use of disk for faster backup and recovery a more viable option than traditional backup-to-tape methods. The report also notes that Gartner has seen a significant uptake in the adoption of disk-based recovery solutions in 2007 and early 2008.
“Gartner is among the most trusted industry analyst and research firms the world over, so we’re especially proud to be named to Gartner’s ‘Cool Vendors’ list for Data Protection,” said Bill Andrews, ExaGrid’s president and CEO. Gartner defines a ‘cool vendor’ as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: innovative, enable users to do things they couldn’t do before; impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); intriguing, have caught Gartner’s interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.