Poulin Grain Recognized by SNW for Excellence in IT Management Technology and Installation of ExaGrid Disk Backup with Deduplication Solution

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. October 04, 2010 –(BUSINESS WIRE)–ExaGrid Systems, Inc. (, the leader in cost-effective and scalable disk-based backup solutions with data deduplication, today announced that its customer, Poulin Grain, a leading supplier of animal feeds in the Northeastern US, has been selected by SNW as a finalist for its Fall 2010 “Best Practices” Awards Program.

SNW’s “Best Practices” Awards Program identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of IT management solutions and approaches. Five finalists and one winner in each category will be recognized during an Awards Ceremony taking place at SNW, October 11-14, 2010, at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas.

SNW’s “Best Practices” Awards Program identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of IT management and storage technology in the following categories:

  • Best Practices in Green Computing, Energy Efficiency and the Data Center
  • Best Practices in Planning, Designing and Building a Next Generation Storage and Server Infrastructure
  • Best Practices in Storage Resiliency, Data Protection and Recovery
  • Best Practices in Technology Innovation and Promise
  • Best Practices in Virtualization and Cloud Computing

“Innovative systems and strategies focused on data protection, energy efficiency, virtualization and cloud computing are redefining IT infrastructure management,” said Ellen Daly, senior vice president, events, IDG Enterprise. “The organizations and professionals judged to be winners in SNW’s Fall 2010 ‘Best Practices’ Awards Program are the best of the best when it comes to identifying and deploying the most strategic applications for their businesses.”

Poulin Grain is a fourth generation, Vermont family owned and operated company, specializing in high quality dairy, equine, pet and livestock feeds with facilities in Vermont and New York. Newport, Vermont is home to the company’s central datacenter, where routine backups are made and stored. For many years, the IT staff was backing up all critical data to a legacy tape system. Wanting to move to a disk-based solution, the company replaced tape with a disk backup solution, but found that product fell fall short of expectations – in fact, backup windows actually grew to an unmanageable 18 hours.

IT manager, Paul Martin, was spending hours each week troubleshooting and administrating the company’s disk backup system and determined the system was making it difficult to meet backup, retention and restore goals. In one instance, Poulin Grain lost a year’s worth of backup data using the disk-based system.

After extensive research, Poulin Grain decided to replace its incumbent disk solution with ExaGrid’s disk backup with deduplication to better manage its backups and restores. The ExaGrid system works with the company’s existing backup applications, Symantec Backup Exec and Vizioncore vRanger Pro. Since installation of the ExaGrid solution, the company reduced its backup window to just three hours and is seeing data deduplication rates at over 23:1, meeting all of Poulin’s critical data needs. In addition, retention issues have been completely solved since installation of the ExaGrid, and restores have been exceptionally fast, meeting the data demands of the company and its employees.

“ExaGrid’s technology helps companies like Poulin Grain better manage data backups and restores and effectively handle future needs through our scalable, cost-effective disk-based backup solution,” said Bill Hobbib, vice president of marketing, ExaGrid.”We’re pleased to see Poulin Grain recognized for their innovative approach to data backup, as they exemplify how ExaGrid is enabling midmarket and small enterprise customers to cost-effectively achieve faster, more reliable data backups and high scalability without forklift upgrades as data volumes grow.”

About ExaGrid Systems, Inc.

ExaGrid offers the only disk-based backup appliance with data deduplication purpose-built for backup that leverages a unique architecture optimized for performance, scalability and price. The combination of post-process deduplication, most recent backup cache, and GRID scalability enables IT departments to achieve the shortest backup window and the fastest, most reliable restores, tape copy, and disaster recovery without performance degradation or forklift upgrades as data grows. With offices and distribution worldwide, ExaGrid has more than 2,600 systems installed at 700+ customers, and more than 190 published customer success stories.

For more information, contact ExaGrid at 800-868-6985 or visit

ExaGrid is a registered trademark of ExaGrid Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

About Computerworld

For more than 40 years, Computerworld has been the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (, twice-monthly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world’s largest global IT media network.

Computerworld’s Web site and print publication have won more than 100 awards in the past five years alone. Recognitions include Jesse H. Neal Awards (from American Business Media) in 2008 for Best Web Site, Best Online Articles or Series, and Best Blog; the Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2004 and 2006, and the ASBPE’s 2008 Web Site of the Year award and 2006 award for Best Overall Web Publication; and Folio magazine’s 2006 Gold Eddie Award for the best technology/computing magazine. was also named one of the “10 Great Media Web Sites” by BtoB magazine in July 2007. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3 million unique monthly visitors and a print audience of more than 1,059,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS, Spring 2009).

About IDG Enterprise

IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together unique editorial brands (CIO, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, IT World, Network World and The Industry Standard) to serve the information needs of our technology and security-focused audiences. As a digital-centric media company we serve our reader and advertiser audiences with award-winning content and community, driving conversation and conversion, across our entire portfolio of awarding-winning, websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory service, brings together the nation’s top CIOs, as well as provides community and leadership development tools for their staffs.

Company information is available at

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA’s mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market.

For additional information, visit the SNIA Web site at

ExaGrid Systems, Inc.
Bill Hobbib, 508-898-2872 x527
Matter Communications
Anne Sweeney, 978-499-9250 x228

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