Barracuda Launches New VM Backup Functions for VMware, Hyper-V

Both products are designed to get systems quickly back online and running while additional fixes are being implemented.


Storage systems maker Barracuda Networks on March 16 released new backup functionality for VMware virtual machines (LiveBoot 2.0) alongside a similar feature for Microsoft Hyper-V (Cloud LiveBoot).

Both products are designed to get systems quickly back online and running while additional fixes are being implemented, the company said.

Barracuda LiveBoot 2.0 also offers a backup and recovery option for larger virtual machines that  reduces boot times. LiveBoot 2.0 provides rapid recovery for virtual environments built into Barracuda Backup, without additional cost to customers with an active subscription.

A Barracuda refresh last month included increased storage capacities, enabling lower cost per terabyte with more room for data growth. The refresh also included performance boosts that enable faster backup, restore, and replication speeds—also at no additional cost to customers with active subscriptions.

LiveBoot 2.0 also provides faster recovery for on-premises VMware environments in cases where primary storage is lost or no longer available and increased support for larger virtual machines.

Finally, the new feature also includes a new VM Preview capability that gives customers and MSPs the ability to see a screenshot of a VM so they know if/when it is ready for use, as well as user interface improvements that allow for pre-configuration and bulk management.

It has been reported that IT downtime costs enterprises $700 billion a year, and according to a recent study by SaaS-based communications provider Everbridge, the average cost of IT downtime is $8,662 per minute. These metrics underline the importance of limiting downtime in order to conserve resources, save money and keep business moving.

Barracuda options include:

--LiveBoot (for VMware): Allows customers and MSP partners to recover from primary-storage failures by using Barracuda Backup as a storage source for VMware hypervisors, quickly booting the protected virtual machine directly from the local backup.

--Cloud LiveBoot (for Hyper-V and VMware): Allows customers and MSP partners to boot VMs directly from backups stored in the Barracuda Cloud, and assign private or public addresses to devices for remote access.

Barracuda Backup LiveBoot 2.0 is available at no additional cost to active Barracuda Backup and Barracuda Backup / Intronis MSP Edition subscribers. For more information, go here.

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