Asigra runs the system-backup gamut
Televaulting for Enterprises 6.0 offers agentless backup of e-mail and database servers, OSes
The local server sends all unique data back to the central office, eliminating duplicate files and compressing and encrypting the data before sending it over an IP connection. The central server can then be backed up via a tape library, disk storage, or replication. Restores are made from the local server, which greatly increases response times. All backups can be validated after the backup is completed, and Televaulting’s self-healing feature permits recovery from corrupted blocks. Scheduling backups, setting up automated reports, and monitoring completed backups are all straightforward and easy to configure.
Adding storage to the backup servers is made easier with Asigra’s new “Extensible Data Storage” system. To add another storage device -- direct attached, SAN attached, iSCSI, or mounted from another server -- you simply mount the drive from the server, start the Asigra management utility, select the new drive, and add it to the storage used for backups. It’s a one-step process that’s much simpler than with most backup programs. The system also supports automated roll-outs of backup software using XML templates, which is unique as far as I’m aware.
Another new and useful feature in Version 6.0 is the bare metal restore, which allows administrators to recover data to a system with a new hard disk (or even different hardware) without having to manually reinstall OSes or applications. Of the backup systems I’ve worked with, Asigra’s bare metal restore is the easiest to configure.
Televaulting’s pricing model is also interesting: The cost is based solely on how much compressed data you back up. With a price of $56,000 for the first terabyte of data, and $7,500 for additional terabytes, the Asigra software doesn’t appear cheap -- until you consider that products with similar capabilities (such as Veritas Backup Exec) can cost much more if you have a lot of clients or servers to protect.
Asigra, however, doesn’t charge extra for its additional features, such as backing up databases or e-mail servers, or clustering of backup servers. Plus, there are no restrictions on the number of sites or computers that can be protected with Televaulting for Enterprises. The company also has a version called Televaulting for Service Providers, which offers the same architecture as the enterprise version but includes service-provider-specific features such as more sophisticated billing.
With its sophisticated three-tier architecture, capability to back up database and e-mail servers as well as files, and features such as service level agreement validation, WAN optimization, and N+1 clustering at no extra cost, Televaulting for Enterprises 6.0 is a flexible, comprehensive backup solution that can cover all the backup needs of an enterprise with multiple OSes and server applications.