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Unitrends Enterprise Backup 7.4

Written by Roy Mikes on Thursday, 24 April 2014. Posted in General

Most of us today understand that data protection has to go beyond just backing up files or virtual machines. You have to also have a sound strategy for recovering backed up data in the event of a disaster or outage.  While many companies assume that by backing up their data they can easily restore files, it is not so simple.  That’s because many organizations must manage different hypervisors, and operate in a mix of virtual and physical environments, making the backup and recovery process more complex than ever.  

To help us manage the growing complexity and our mixed environments, Unitrends has provided the next-generation enterprise-class data protection.  Just released, Unitrends Enterprise Backup 7.4 offers a software-only solution available as a virtual appliance for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere that incorporates both physical and virtual data protection. So you no longer have to buy and manage two or more separate products to protect your virtual and physical infrastructure, as well as be able to extend that data protection to the cloud.

Unitrends Enterprise Backup is a fantastic product that doesn’t sacrifice virtual world capabilities in order to integrate your physical backup needs. In this case, I agree with the description that you can simply, quickly and reliably recover your IT Infrastructure anytime, anywhere.

The 7.4 release, for example, enhances the vendor’s Unitrends Recovery-series physical appliances (RS) and Unitrends Enterprise Backup virtual appliance (UEB) to include:

VMware Certified Application Recovery (V-CAR )

This integrates ReliableDR (added with the acquisition of PDH Virtual at the end of 2013) with the RS appliances and UEB, enabling you to orchestrate recovery processes directly from data backed up by the UEB or RS appliances. From on premise backups to your DR site, V-CAR assures you of certified recovery of applications while helping to verify SLA compliance.

Unitrends Bridge 

Unitrends Bridge is a 1-click P2V capability that transforms your Windows systems into virtual machines.  So you can get Windows Instant Recovery (WIR) on physical appliances, along with 1-click P2V capability for external virtualization hosts on physical (RS) and virtual appliances (UEB).

Unified Bare Metal

Unitrends Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) for the Recovery-Series and Unitrends Enterprise Backup products have always been great features, including Meta-Bare Metal technology for unified architectures, introduced first for Cisco UCS.  Unified Bare Metal unifies the bare metal backup and master backup so only one backup type is needed.  This gives you big advantages including: increasing retention by over 100%, improving replication performance by over 100%, removing the need to restore a bare metal backup before the file-based backup and allowing you to restore bare metal backups to different size targets.     

Enhanced Deduplication for vSphere 

Helps you gain huge reductions in backup and replication windows, along with better network utilization, allowing for longer term retention on disk and increased scalability.

Parallel Archiving

This lets you achieve multiple backups at the same time, allowing multiple archive jobs to execute concurrently increasing performance from 50% up to 200%

Oracle 12c Support 

Oracle 12c is now supported. This means that both Oracle 12c and Oracle 11g are supported on Windows, Linux, and Solaris operating systems.

Enhanced Linux Distribution Support 

Release 7.4 includes support for CentOS 5.1, CentOS 6.4, CentOS 6.5, Debian 7, Fedora 19, RedHat 5.1, RedHat 6.4, RedHat 6.5, SUS 11 SP3, and Ubuntu 13.1.   In addition, they upgraded several new Linux installers which simplify the agent installation process for most Linux distributions.

Unitrends Enterprise Backup delivers outstanding virtual performance with global deduplication and CBT. compression and dedupe across multiple storage devices via its advanced storage virtualization and thin provisioning capabilities that are built-in to Unitrends virtual appliances. CBT (Change Block Tracking) is supported on both Microsoft and VMware hypervisors to eliminate redundant data. 

In the event of a virtual machine failure or corruption, Unitrends Instant Recovery for VMware makes the virtual machine available almost instantaneously by booting off a point-in-time block-based synthesized backup image of the virtual machine. As the virtual machine is up and running, the mission critical application it hosts and data are also available almost instantaneously, significantly minimizing downtime. While the virtual machine is active, Unitrends Instant Recovery for VMware also leverages storage vMotion to migrate the virtual machine disks from the real-time synthesized backup to the datastore desired by the user.

Unitrends Enterprise Backup is as easy as it gets when it comes to deploying enterprise backup solutions. While the interface feels different than you're used to and took a little bit of getting used to, it is intuitive and easy to navigate.  As mentioned, CBT is supported on both Microsoft and VMware hypervisors to eliminate redundant data, and Instant Recovery and Near-continuous data protection let you perform backups as often as once every 60 seconds. Plus many more convenient features that make Unitrends Enterprise Backup a seriously mature and effective product.

Deployment is fast, and after that, automated core features make Unitrends Enterprise Backup super easy to manage and maintain.  One of the unique features I like most is UEB’s support for over a 100 versions of Operating Systems and Applications. Additionally, dissimilar physical and virtual bare metal allows users to perform P2P, V2P, P2V, and V2V recovery.  Since the powerful software at the heart of Unitrends Enterprise Backup allows you to mix both a virtual appliance and a physical one, I would definitely give this solution a try.

Got questions about how Unitrends Enterprise Backup works for VMware as compared to Hyper-V? Read the datasheet for details: Unitrends Enterprise Backup: VMware & Hyper-V Comparison

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Roy Mikes

Roy Mikes

Roy Mikes has developed a deep knowledge of virtualization, storage and Cloud in a broad perspective over the past 15 years, but also streamlines his focus on VMware and EMC Technology. Because of that knowledge and focus, Roy works as a Cloud and Storage Technologist Specialist, Data Center Architect Specialist and VMware Certified Professional.

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