Nov 152011
 

PHD Virtual Backup Replications new version of the product seems to have some cool features.

I have picked out a few highlights:

Backup:

8 Concurrent Data Streams per VBA – Twice the number of data streams allows each VBA™ to process up to 8 backup and restore processes concurrently for maximum performance and throughput. (Enterprise Version)

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Optimized I/O Processing Engine – Enhanced I/O engine optimizes job processing providing more linear performance improvements when using multiple data streams and multiple vCPU resources.

Replication:

Replicate Without Impacting Production – VM’s are replicated from your existing backups and backup storage without the need to perform additional snapshots. Other products require separate snapshots for both replication and backup, consuming additional resources and impacting your production environment.

Intelligent Data Replication – Intelligent Data Replication leverages deduplication and compression to minimize the amount of data transmitted to the secondary site. During on-going replication, only the data that has changed on production VM’s is replicated,
optimizing performance and bandwidth utilization of data transfer.

Replication Seeding – Initial replication of VM’s may be “seeded” to the DR site using portable drives to minimize data transmitted over the WAN. After initial “seeding” only changed data is replicated over the WAN.

Verify Replicated VM’s – A built in Test Mode enables you to validate replicated VM’s in the standby environment so you can be confident in your ability to successfully fail over in the case of a DR event.

DR:

OpenExport – Export VM’s from your existing backups for long term or offsite storage. VM’s are exported in standard compressed OVF format for portability.

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OpenRestore – Restore your virtual machines directly to your VMware hosts without the need to install PHD Virtual software.

Mass Restore – Create and configure a single job to restore multiple virtual machines at the same time to reduce restoration time and complexity.

Optimized Tape Friendly Backup – You can export standard, compressed virtual machine OVF files to provide efficient and optimized long term storage to tape. Virtual machines can be directly recovered to a host from your tape backups.

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Jul 092011
 

I have been looking at a few different backup products recently and found AppAssure Replay 4.

Some key benefits that stood out to me were:

  • 8GB / Minute backup and recovery speeds
  • Block Level snapshots.
  • Integrated duplication reduces backup storage foot print by 80% or even more.
  • Integrated replication to reduce storage costs and enable off-site and cloud-based backups

What I found quite cool is that if you choose to you can restore back to bare metal or a single email from a single recovery point. This quite a flexible recovery strategy.

Being able to mount a Windows drive back to a backup recovery point (say a c: drive) so you can access the data without having to restore the entire backup. This saves on additional storage.

Virtual standby environments create a VM (straight to a vSphere env) from a recovery point, but what makes this cool is that it automatically updates with the latest recovery point. As you can imagine this means being able to keep a running backup of target server.

Replication across HTTP of the recovery points so at the remote site you will have access to the entire backup of your server at your remote site.

Battling with software vendors like Veeam will be difficult but Replay 4 is a viable alternative and has some cool features and worth considering if you are looking for a backup and replication solution.

AppAssure CEO Naj Husain discusses Replay,

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