STORServer Adds VM Backup, Moves to Capacity-Based Licensing

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-27 Print this article Print

Users can install as many individual products as needed for their environment, and license charges are calculated by the amount of storage backed up or archived rather than the number of machines or applications licensed.

Midmarket storage software maker STORServer said July 25 that it is now providing licenses to back up VMware virtual environment data alongside standard data stores.

STORServer Virtual Machine Backup provides the VM backup using a new interface that the company claims is intuitive enough for line-of-business employees to deploy effectively.

STORServer, which uses IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager serving as a controller, also has simplified its licensing.

The Colorado Springs, Colo.-based company's capacity licensing approach consists of a bundle of Tivoli Storage Manager and STORServer software products and services that use a per-terabyte metric.

Users can install as many individual products as needed for their environment; license charges are calculated only by the amount of storage backed up or archived, rather than the number of machines or applications licensed.

There is no expense for per-server, per-installation or processor value units; users are only charged for the terabyte of capacity that is stored in TSM primary storage pools and FastBack repositories, STORServer said. 

Key features that STORServer claims in its software include: massive scalability with broad platform support; target-side and source-side data deduplication; and advanced support for virtual environment protection and management.

They also include online, consistent and centralized data protection for databases, mySAP/SAP R3 environments, Email servers running IBM Lotus Domino or Microsoft Exchange, item-level recovery of Microsoft Exchange email objects, LAN-free backup and restore operations, file-system and application-aware snapshots and continuous data protection, and bare-metal machine recovery for Windows or Linux servers that are already protected with STORServer's Instant Restore appliance.

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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