PHD Virtual Improves Backup and Recovery Speed, Flexibility and Extensibility for Citrix XenServer Environments

PHD Virtual Technologies, pioneer and innovator in backup and recovery for virtual machines, today announced PHD Virtual Backup 5.1 for Citrix XenServer®. This enhanced backup and recovery solution is purpose-built for the growing number of virtualized XenServer environments and is verified to work with XenServer as part of the Citrix Ready® program. PHD’s unique VBA™ (Virtual Backup Appliance) architecture provides an integrated and scalable data protection solution for XenServer and is becoming a preferred choice for managed service providers.

PHD Virtual Backup 5.1 introduces several new capabilities including:

  • Advanced File Level Recovery – quickly recover files without the need to restore a full VM
  • Flexible Backup Storage – extended support for network based backup storage
  • Application Object Recovery – Use your existing tools to quickly restore application objects (database object, mailbox, mail message, etc.) directly from backup storage
  • Support for Tape Backup Solutions – Quick and easy export to existing tape solutions
  • Enhanced Retention and Archiving – Policy based backup trim options; long term archiving

Purpose-built for virtualization, the PHD VBA architecture enables backup and recovery to be deployed as a virtualized workload directly on the XenServer platform. This evolutionary approach allows PHD Virtual Backup to leverage the advanced capabilities of the virtualization infrastructure and provides seamless scalability for large and distributed deployments. Unlike alternative solutions, PHD Virtual Backup removes the need to deploy and manage a separate physical server or software agents for backup and recovery of the virtual environment. Single pane of glass management is provided through direct deployment on XenServer and integration with its XenCenter® technology. With support for XenServer, Citrix XenDesktop® and Citrix XenApp™ customers can leverage the same solution across their entire virtual environment.

“PHD Virtual is rapidly enhancing its XenServer backup solution to meet the evolving needs of the growing XenServer market,” said N. Louis Shipley, Group Vice President and General Manager, XenServer Product Group, Citrix Systems. “These enhancements provide our joint customers a robust, integrated and scalable backup and recovery solution as they accelerate the virtualization of mission critical applications on the XenServer platform.”

“We have had great success with our deployment of PHD Virtual Backup for Citrix XenServer and we look forward to taking advantage of the enhanced capabilities in the new release,” said Chris Chandler, Managing Partner, DH Innovations, LLC. “PHD Virtual Backup has provided us an efficient and scalable data protection solution for our hosted virtualization offerings. We have found that the product is easy to use and seamlessly integrates data protection into our XenServer and XenDesktop environments.”

“In the few short months our XenServer backup solution has been in the market, we have added over 200 new customers and are seeing growing adoption by managed service providers for deployments of XenServer and XenDesktop in cloud computing environments,” said Thomas Charlton, Chairman and CEO of PHD Virtual Technologies. “We have quickly followed up our initial launch of PHD Virtual Backup for Citrix XenServer with this valuable set of enhancements in the 5.1 release. Our customers continue to affirm that our solution provides fast, efficient and easy to use data protection for their growing virtual environments.”

Customers can dramatically accelerate reliable XenServer backup and recovery leveraging unique patent pending technologies included in PHD Virtual Backup:

  • TrueDedupe™ Technology – Source-side data deduplication dramatically reduces backup storage requirements by over 90% on average and optimizes network based backup efficiency.
  • TrueRestore™ Technology – Provides increased confidence in the ability to successfully restore by verifying data integrity during both the backup and restore processes.

PHD Virtual Backup 5.1 for Citrix XenServer is currently in limited release through the PHD Virtual Early Access Program and will be generally available this month. For additional details or to request participation in the Early Access Program, please contact a PHD Representative at 1-866-710-1882 or sales(at)phdvirtual(dot)com.

About PHD Virtual Technologies
Delivering the highest performance and most scalable cross platform backup solution on the market and pioneer of Virtual Backup Appliances (VBAs), PHD Virtual Technologies has been transforming data protection for virtual IT environments since 2006. Its award-winning data protection solution, PHD Virtual Backup, is used today by more than 2,500 enterprises worldwide to achieve unlimited scalability, high availability and cost effective backup and restore solutions for virtual machines. PHD Virtual also provides a suite of free virtualization utilities to assist with the administration and management of virtualized environments. For more information, please visit

About the Citrix Ready Program
The Citrix Ready program identifies verified solutions that are trusted to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix, including Citrix® XenDesktop®, XenApp™, XenServer®, NetScaler® and GoToMeeting®. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third party products that have successfully met verification criteria set by Citrix, and gives customers an added confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution offering. The Citrix Ready program leverages industry-leading alliances across the Citrix partner eco-system to meet a wide variety customer needs, and currently incorporates over 2,800 partners who have demonstrated more than 18,000 product verifications. It also includes the Citrix Ready Community Verified program which allows customers to see thousands of products that have been verified by other customers to work in their production environments. The Citrix Ready program received the Alliance Excellence Award from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) for creating a strong community through implementation of new, innovative best practices. More information about the Citrix Ready program can be found at Reach Citrix Ready using social media via the Citrix Ready blog site and Twitter.

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