Hooper Lundy & Bookman Chooses Exablox’s Scale-out Storage over Data Domain for Primary Storage, Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution
Largest Health-Care Law Firm in the United States Achieves Storage Nirvana with the Flexibility, Reliability, Ease of Management and Cost Savings of Exablox
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Feb. 5, 2014 – Exablox®, the company reimagining storage, today announced that Hooper Lundy & Bookman, P.C. (HLB), the largest full-service law firm in the country dedicated solely to the representation of health-care providers and suppliers, chose OneBlox® over Data Domain, ExaGrid Systems and Quantum as its storage solution. HLB needed a scalable architecture to support its litigation imaging, Veeam Backup and disaster recovery requirements. The law firm selected Exablox for its scale-out architecture, inline deduplication and reliability, as well as for Exablox’s Bring Your Own Drive (BYOD) strategy. BYOD offers users the flexibility to purchase exactly the capacity they need when they need it and the ability to mix and match commodity hard drives. These features, combined with the ease of management via OneSystem®, a secure, multi-tenant cloud-based management service, made Exablox the best solution for the firm’s storage needs.
With multiple offices and data centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington, D.C., HLB needed an affordable solution that could consolidate storage, scale with the firm’s growth and eliminate storage islands. As the firm’s recovery requirements changed, its backup methodology required a migration from tape to disk. With approximately 50 virtual machines and 15 TBs of data, HLB needed an efficient deduplication solution for long-term retention of critical information. OneBlox’s BYOD strategy and its next-generation object-based file system enabled the scalability, deduplication and reliability HLB required.
As part of its strategy, HLB also wanted to combine its primary litigation imaging and backup storage within its Los Angeles office. Unlike purpose-built backup appliances (PBBA) that cannot support general-purpose applications or expensive legacy SAN arrays that create storage islands, OneBlox has a scale-out architecture that provides the firm with a flexible solution it can use for litigation imaging, Veeam Backup and disaster recovery. Exablox’s recent verification with Veeam Backup & Replication™ allows HLB to use OneBlox as a converged solution, offloading information from its expensive SAN-based storage in Los Angeles and replicating it to San Francisco.
OneBlox is not constrained by RAID volumes, can quickly recover from hardware failures and eliminates storage islands, resulting in flexible capacity that any application with access to the OneBlox ring can easily consume. The ability of OneBlox to minimize the impact of a disk-drive failure on business applications also influenced HLB’s decision. Because OneBlox employs a next-generation object-based file system, it does not undergo lengthy RAID rebuilds that degrade application performance and put an organization’s information at risk if another disk drive should fail while the RAID volume is being rebuilt. As HLB’s business requirements change in the future, OneBlox is able to support growing capacity requirements in less than five minutes with zero configuration.
“As a mid-sized law firm, our archive storage needs are quite large and growing. I knew right away that legacy solutions were going to be either too expensive, too complex or not flexible enough for us,” said Greg Williams, chief technology officer of HLB. “After looking at next-generation solutions, I realized that Exablox’s object-based file system, with deduplication natively integrated, lent itself perfectly to our requirements. The combination of Veeam Software and Exablox provides an easily managed solution that offers tremendous reliability, effective deduplication and offsite replication – all essential ingredients for a much longer online retention of archived data. This enables IT to offer better recovery services for the firm. OneBlox combines operational simplicity and flexibility for growth in an extremely cost-effective platform.”
“Hooper Lundy & Bookman is a perfect example of how law firms can achieve enterprise-grade storage without the hassle and high costs of legacy solutions,” said Douglas Brockett, CEO of Exablox. “OneBlox’s flexibility to mix-and-match drives eliminates guesswork. Firms can purchase exactly the storage capacity they need from the onset and then add any combination of drives at any time to meet growing demands. With OneBlox’s cloud-based management system – OneSystem – law firms can also easily manage storage across their various data centers, giving them all the essential benefits of primary storage, backup and disaster recovery in a single, easy-to-deploy appliance.”
Since the flexible, plug-and-play OneBlox requires almost no configuration, law firms can scale performance, capacity and availability non-disruptively. Exablox’s BYOD strategy enables customers to purchase any industry-standard SAS or SATA disk drive to use within a OneBlox ring, bringing pricing down by a factor of 10. OneSystem, a multi-tenant cloud-based management service, offers a simple four-step configuration for remote storage replication and real-time monitoring and reporting of all drives in a OneBlox ring. Enterprise features such as inline deduplication, continuous data protection and encryption enabled by default minimize waste and maximize utilization, at a fraction of the cost of traditional storage solutions.
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Exablox is the company reimagining storage. Exablox solves businesses’ runaway storage costs and information management nightmares by providing a cloud-managed scale-out object-based solution that is affordable and easy to use. OneBlox is an inclusive storage offering that combines an elegant hardware architecture and integrated, enterprise-grade software, including inline deduplication, continuous data protection, and disaster recovery. Founded in 2010, Exablox is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. and backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. Visit Exablox online at www.exablox.com and join the conversation at www.twitter.com/exablox.