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Bridgestone’s Modernized Backup Environment Results in 79% Reduction in Backup Window

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a leading provider of intelligent hyperconverged storage for backup,
today announced that Bridgestone
has streamlined its backup environment by implementing ExaGrid hyperconverged
with data deduplication.

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Since switching to ExaGrid, Bridgestone reports notable results such as:

  • 79% reduction of weekly backup window
  • Incremental backups every 3 hours that now take 24 minutes each

Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO)
is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company,
Bridgestone Corporation, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company.
BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone, and
associate brand tires.

Corey Johnson, a technology analyst at Bridgestone’s Aiken PSR plant in
South Carolina, realized that his company needed a modern approach to
backing up its data. “We were working with old hardware and older,
outdated software, and it was time to look into a more efficient backup
system for our file server backups.”

After evaluating several big brand solutions, such as Dell EMC Data
Domain, Johnson chose to install ExaGrid and Veeam as its new backup
solution. “We felt that ExaGrid was the best system for us as far as its
performance and scalability, and its data deduplication was also a major
factor. We updated our hardware and moved toward virtualizing the
environment, and took some advice from some of the other Bridgestone
plants by updating our backup application to Veeam— and it just all fell
together,” said Johnson.

Johnson backs up data at Bridgestone’s Aiken PSR plant in daily
incrementals and weekly fulls. The daily incrementals occur every three
hours, taking 24 minutes each—an “impressive” ingest rate according to
Johnson. “The backup window for our weekly full has been reduced from
19.5 hours to 4 hours.”

ExaGrid writes backups directly to a disk Landing Zone, avoiding inline
processing and ensuring the highest possible backup performance, which
results in the shortest backup window. Adaptive Deduplication performs
data deduplication and replication in parallel with backups while
providing full system resources to the backups for the shortest backup
window. Available system cycles are utilized to perform deduplication
and offsite replication for an optimal recovery point at the disaster
recovery site. Once complete, the onsite data is protected and
immediately available in its full undeduplicated form for fast restores,
VM Instant Recoveries, and tape copies while the offsite data is ready
for disaster recovery.

Johnson reports proactive customer support not experienced when dealing
with other vendors. ExaGrid’s industry-leading customer support team is
staffed by trained, in-house level 2 engineers who are assigned to
individual accounts. “A lot of support engineers from other vendors are
hit or miss – they are hard to get hold of, don’t understand my problem
or environment, or they may be located offshore – but there hasn’t been
a time that I have reached out to my ExaGrid support engineer without
receiving a quick response. He has been an extreme help in getting our
backups to where they need to be.”

Read the complete Bridgestone
customer success story
to learn more about the company’s experience
using ExaGrid.

ExaGrid’s published customer
success stories
and enterprise
number over 360, more than all other vendors in the space
combined. These stories demonstrate how satisfied customers are with
ExaGrid’s unique architectural approach, differentiated product, and
unrivalled customer support. Customers consistently state that not only
is the product best-in-class, but ‘it just works.’

About ExaGrid
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storage for backup with data deduplication, a unique landing zone, and
scale-out architecture. ExaGrid’s landing zone provides for the fastest
backups, restores, and instant VM recoveries. Its scale-out architecture
includes full appliances in a scale-out system and ensures a
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