Comtrade, ExaGrid Partner Up

February 9, 2018

Comtrade Software and ExaGrid have partnered to offer a backup-application-to-backup-storage solution for Nutanix.

The combination of Comtrade Software HYCU and the ExaGrid scalable disk-based backup appliance together provide an elegant yet simple end-to-end data protection solution for data centers running Nutanix.

“As we continue to see the market aggressively adopting Nutanix AHV, we’re excited about the integration of Comtrade Software and ExaGrid as a next generation, low cost approach for backing up AHV environments.” said Laura Padilla, Sr. Director of Business Development at Nutanix.

HYCU auto-detects applications running in virtual machines (VMs) and makes them transparent to the infrastructure teams. With this new level of visibility, HYCU ensures that no critical applications are left unprotected – a key challenge for enterprises embracing cloud and HCI architectures in their modern data centers. Since HYCU creates application-specific recovery workflows, IT administrators can easily back up applications and recover data in minutes.

“We’re in a period of profound change in IT,” said Simon Taylor, President at Comtrade Software. “With the emergence of the cloud, need for scale-out technologies and the drive for simplicity, customers are looking for the best solutions for each to help manage and protect their IT investments. Nowhere is this more evident than with customers looking to take advantage of hyper-converged infrastructures joined by purpose-built data protection and the ideal efficient secondary storage targets. It is this union of best-of-breed technologies that is really helping drive the change and what is highlighted by our new work with ExaGrid. We’re thrilled to be the purpose-built backup and recovery solution as customers look to take advantage of their ExaGrid and Nutanix investments.”​

ExaGrid complements HYCU with its approach to backup storage that includes a unique landing zone to deliver the fastest backups and avoids data rehydration to deliver the fastest restores and VM boots. ExaGrid’s scale-out architecture ensures a fixed-length backup window as data grows, and various size appliance models allow customers to buy what they need as they need it, avoiding disruptive and costly forklift upgrades. Customers are able to mix older and newer appliances in the same scale-out system, eliminating product obsolescence and protecting their IT investment up front and over time.

“I believe that Nutanix is the most revolutionary software platform that we’ve seen in the last decade and that most IT organizations are embracing Nutanix,” said Bill Andrews, President and CEO at ExaGrid. “Comtrade Software and ExaGrid are excited to be a part of the Nutanix momentum by offering a next generation backup solution for Nutanix environments with the combination of Comtrade Software’s HYCU to ExaGrid’s hyper-converged secondary storage.”

The combined solution delivers key benefits to customers, including:

•One click Application-aware backup with dynamic application discovery

•Scale-out backup storage expands up to a 1PB full backup while delivering consistent performance

•Deployment as straightforward as the Nutanix infrastructure

•Simple setup and incremental forever backup efficiency

Rollout of the combined solution by Comtrade Software and ExaGrid includes a multi-pronged co-marketing strategy that encompasses customer and reseller events, webinars, and a variety of direct educational media.

Comtrade Software and ExaGrid are part of the Nutanix alliance partner program and are both validated as ‘Nutanix Ready.’

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