SonicWall combines automatic data archiving with off-site backup option
CDP 1440i offers choice between disk and data vault storage for application backupsFollow @infoworld
It should be noted that the Agent Tool interfaces directly with MS-SQL and will back up logs, differentials, and fulls. It does the same thing with Microsoft Exchange, and neither SQL nor Exchange requires special agents.
The bare-metal restore option completes CDP’s data-protection arsenal. SonicWall’s Bare Metal/Local Archiving solution for servers and workstations is based on the True Image technology from Acronis. The CDP1440i I tested had a single bare-metal workstation license, but you can back up as many workstations as will fit on the internal 160GB disk and/or the off-site subscription. The icing on the cake is a surprisingly complete selection of standard reports to help keep track of off-site storage usage, disk usage by agent, through the now expected executive summary breakdown by file type.
My greatest hope for this product was to keep a constant backup of the e-mail and key folders on my laptop while traveling. SonicWall strongly suggests that you perform the initial seeding while on a network local to the CDP; of course, I just had to try it remotely, and yes, it sucked up just about all of my SSL VPN’s bandwidth. (As long as I followed SonicWall’s advice, I was able to keep a usable connection with the agent synchronizing on a hotel connection or over my Edge modem.) Because of that, I’d like to see this product include some sort of meter in the GUI that would clue me in to agent activity.
The smallest member of the CDP family, the 1440i is designed to grow with your SMB. Even if you just use the internal hard disk, you can still perform local automated backup and get a pretty darn nice restore system. Add the off-site storage, and you get a truly inspired end-to-end backup-and-restore system to help keep those pesky auditors at bay while retaining the smile on your CFO’s face.
In this article, the size of the SonicWall CDP 1440i's internal disk should have been 160GB. InfoWorld regrets the error, which has been corrected.