Unitrends has unveiled Release 8.0, a major upgrade of the data protection software powering the company’s enterprise-class physical and virtual backup and recovery appliances. Delivering new support for the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP), Release 8.0 provides mid-sized to large enterprises with agile and easily scalable protection for EMC and NetApp Network-attached Storage (NAS) arrays. This latest software also significantly expands Unitrends’ support for virtual environments, featuring unrivaled data protection and disaster recovery capabilities for the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor.
Physical Protection for Large-Scale Deployments
Unitrends has enhanced its integration for EMC and NetApp NAS devices to provide larger enterprise customers with greater flexibility and simplified backup management. Extending Unitrends’ broad protection of NAS devices using file-level methods, Release 8.0 introduces new support for NDMP backups that helps organizations improve performance, scalability and ease-of-use through tighter integration with these storage vendors.
Physical and Virtual Recovery for Hyper-V – in Minutes
With the Release 8.0 software, Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB) and Recovery-Series appliances extend the company’s leadership in virtualization management by providing complete protection and recovery for Hyper-V environments. Through deep virtualization at the guest and hypervisor levels, Unitrends’ virtual and physical appliances are capable of recovering Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs) in minutes, as well as leveraging Hyper-V for failover of physical Windows machines. New features include:
- Windows Instant Recovery for Hyper-V: The Unitrends Bridge technology supports one-click physical to virtual (P2V) transformation from a Windows guest backup to a standby VM running on Hyper-V. Organizations can now leverage their existing, low-cost Hyper-V infrastructure, VMware infrastructure and/or the Unitrends Recovery-Series appliance to spin up physical systems and VMs – in minutes – after a failure or planned P2V migration.
- Hyper-V Instant Recovery: Unitrends Bridge now also delivers one-click recovery for Hyper-V host operating system (HOS) backups. By simply booting up the VM directly from UEB or Recovery-Series backup storage, organizations can reduce recovery time objectives (RTOs) from hours to just minutes. Organizations can even recover the VM to a different Hyper-V host or recover from replicated backups offsite.
- Enhanced Hyper-V SMB 3.0 Protection: With Hyper-V Server 2012 and higher, organizations can run VMs from SMB 3.0 shares. Release 8.0 protects these VMs at the hypervisor level, eliminating the need to manage agents for every VM. As a result, organizations can significantly drive down total cost of ownership.
These capabilities, combined with Unitrends’ previously available Hyper-V Host Bare Metal Recovery functionality and protection for Hyper-V Shared VHDX’s, provide Hyper-V administrators with the most comprehensive and affordable virtual, deep virtual and physical protection in the industry.
“As a service provider, we have to cater to many customer environments and IT requirements and can’t afford to be burdened with the inefficiency of managing 10 different products to meet each customer’s needs,” said Tyson Sands, data protection systems engineer, DSM.net. “It is critical to have a go-to vendor that can adapt quickly and offer a full breadth of data protection capabilities to satisfy the unique demands of the various customers we serve – Unitrends is that vendor. The addition of NDMP support and the advanced Hyper-V functionality delivered in Unitrends Release 8.0 adds substantial value to what we can offer our customer base.”
Performance and Deduplication Improvements
IT administrators protecting Microsoft SQL Server can enjoy up to 66 percent improved performance in scalable SQL Server environments, as well as general improvements in SQL data deduplication that can reach up to 30 percent better retention. In addition, SQL databases can now be replicated using a fraction of the bandwidth previously consumed with replication performance improvements up to 30 to 40 percent. Furthermore, Unitrends has made significant improvements to its innovative Adaptive Deduplication technology, which enables Release 8.0 to deliver up to 40 percent greater retention than past versions of the software.
Enhanced Support for Mac and HP Operating Systems
This latest version of the Unitrends software also delivers complete protection for the Mac 10.9 and HP-UX 11 operating systems, underscoring the company’s commitment to providing interoperability and scalability that meets the needs of organizations of all sizes.
“Unitrends Release 8.0 represents yet another key milestone in our strategy to provide iron-clad business recovery solutions that are highly adaptive to each and every customer’s IT environment,” said Mike Coney, CEO of Unitrends. “With the software’s latest advancements, Unitrends becomes the only vendor to support NDMP, as well as instant recovery for VMware vSphere and Hyper-V hypervisors. Our UEB and Recovery-Series appliances are now unmatched in their respective abilities to meet the physical protection needs of larger-scale organizations, as well as to support the fastest growing hypervisor in the small to mid-sized enterprise market.”
Pricing and Availability
Unitrends Release 8.0 will be available for the UEB virtual appliance and Recovery-Series physical appliances on December 1, 2014. As part of the ongoing Unitrends Not For Resale (NFR) program, free licenses of UEB 8.0 will be available to Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, Microsoft Certified Professionals, VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Professionals, VMware Certified Instructors and VMUG members. For more information, please visit: www.unitrends.com.