StorageCraft Upgrades Server, Desktop Backup

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-08-22 Print this article Print

StorageCraft's updated ShadowProtect Server and Desktop Editions offer flexible migration.

StorageCraft Technology, a provider of disk-based backup and disaster recovery for Windows-based servers, desktops and laptops, announced on Aug. 22 upgrades to its two frontline backup and disaster recovery software products. ShadowProtect Server Edition 3.0 and ShadowProtect Desktop Edition 3.0 both include the companys "secret sauce," HIR (hardware-independent restoration). HIR allows IT administrators to back up, restore or migrate server, desktop and laptop systems to any physical or virtual environment, according to Brandon Nordquist, vice president of product management for StorageCraft Technology, based in Draper, Utah. "Weve been working very closely with VMware on this," Nordquist told eWEEK. "They provided support in the VMware Workstation 6 product and their converter tool [for] our image file format. They can now open those directly."
Both new editions of ShadowProtect also support Microsoft Virtual Server and Virtual PC, Nordquist said.
ShadowProtect enables flexible migration to new systems, whether P2P (from a physical machine to another physical machine), P2V (from a physical to a virtual machine), V2V (from a virtual machine to another virtual machine) or even V2P (from a virtual machine to a physical machine), Nordquist said. Click here to read about Symantecs Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0. "Weve engineered ShadowProtect 3.0 to help IT professionals protect every Windows system in their computing environment," said Scott Barnes, chief technology officer at StorageCraft. "This means there arent any limitations on the types of Windows systems you are backing up or migrating to—whether virtual or physical." ShadowProtect Server Edition 3.0 and ShadowProtect Desktop Edition 3.0 have an improved recovery environment that includes additional drivers to make it easier to recover systems and data, Nordquist said. In addition, ShadowProtect allows IT professionals to dynamically load drivers to provide flexibility in adding new storage controllers or NIC (network interface card) drivers, for example. The new versions also feature a bootable recovery CD based on Windows Vista that includes automatic hardware detection and network support; a new Verify Backup Image tool to ensure that backup files are recoverable; visual partitioning support; and remote management of the recovery environment, Nordquist said. "Before implementing ShadowProtect, we backed up our clients data to tape once a day," said Dave Watts, president of Los Angeles-based NetFusion, a systems consulting firm specializing in outsourced support for SMBs (small and midsize businesses). "With ShadowProtect, we back up our clients servers to disk—even their Exchange servers—every 15 minutes, instead of once a day. ShadowProtect gives us the flexibility to restore from any one of those points in time." StorageCraft, founded in 1999, is privately held and employs about 35 people. Its sales are completely channel-driven, Nordquist said. "We have about 500 VARs and MSPs [managed services providers], and we OEM about two-thirds of our products to companies such as EMC—including VMware and Dantz—Symantec, LiveVault and others," Nordquist said. "But that OEM percentage is starting to come down now as we come out with new products like these." StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server Edition 3.0 and ShadowProtect Desktop Edition 3.0 are available now through the StorageCraft Web site and through authorized StorageCraft distributors, MSPs and VARs. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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