Unitrends Delivers Scalable Data Backup for Businesses of All Sizes

By Frank J. Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2013-04-17 Print this article Print

What's more, Unitrends leverages logical definitions of the hardware to abstract the physical components from the data. That brings incredible flexibility to the backup and restore process, where physical server backups can be moved over to virtual servers or cloud-based entities and back with little fuss or muss.

Unitrends can use both agent-based and agentless backup methods, allowing the product to back up operating systems via OS images, databases such as SQL, Microsoft Exchange and so forth, thanks to its application awareness. It will also back up virtual machines and virtual hosts as well as file storage.

The product also offers an amazing array of backup case scenarios, ranging from standard differential and incremental through to vaulting, P2V/V2V/V2P and "incremental forever" protection. (Incremental forever is Unitrends marketing speak for the company's near-continuous data protection in which data backed up is never more than 60 seconds old.)

Another interesting feature is called "instant recovery," which proves to be an ideal element for those looking to support business continuity or disaster recovery processes. Instant recovery is currently available for VMware environments (Hyper-V in the future, as well); instant recovery uses a failover ideology to support virtual machines/servers.

Instant recovery works by allowing an administrator to launch a bare metal image of a failed system on a new hypervisor, giving the administrator the ability to quickly access the image of the failed system to either reconfigure it and bring it back online or retrieve critical information needed to remediate the problem. Either way, the ability to quickly launch a failed system as a bare metal virtual machine definitely puts the "instant" back into recovery.  Another innovation comes in the form of the product's ability to restore a failed system to a dissimilar bare metal environment, in effect allowing administrators to move servers over to new platforms.

For administrators looking for geographic diversity in backup, or in other words off-site backups, Unitrends supports third-party vaulting capabilities, where backups can be stored on remote storage hosts, such as Unitrends' own Vault2Cloud service. Additional features that add to off-site backup capabilities include single- and multi-tenant support that brings replication across multiple sites and even private clouds.

Other notable features include global deduplication, over the wire compression and change block tracking (CBT), which all assist in speeding up backups and reducing the amount of storage required.

The company offers multiple pricing plans and even offers a "free edition," which can support as many as four Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere virtual machines. Otherwise, pricing plans are based on several different factors such as the number of processors.


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