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BACKUP, ARCHIVING, INSTANT RECOVERY & DISASTER RECOVERY

All-in-One Backup Appliance:  

Purpose-built physical backup appliances for enterprise-class virtual, deep virtual, physical protection, and unified computer protection.

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No need to purchase backup software, all operating systems supported.

Simply plug in the backup appliance and ion no time you will be ready to backup your network!

Unitrends provides physical, virtual and cloud-based protection and recovery for every organization’s most valuable assets: its data and applications.

The Unitrends Recovery-823S is perfect for larger organizations.

The Recovery-823S supports 19 TB of raw storage capacity organized in a RAID-1/ RAID-6 configuration with hot-swap user-replaceable drives, comprehensive data protection and recovery and cloud-empowered disaster recovery and business continuity for comprehensive recovery assurance.

This 2U form factor unit supports byte- level deduplication, hardware enhanced AES-NI encryption and 256 GB of tiered cache SSD for improved backup performance, fast restore and recovery.

To learn more.

Call and ask for a backup specialist – (800) 663-5523

 

Unitrends, Inc. announced support for Google Cloud Storage Nearline to provide its customers with low cost long-term cloud archival.

This offering is possible through the company’s Unitrends CloudHook capability, which facilitates archiving from Unitrends’ Recovery-Series physical and Unitrends Enterprise Backup virtual appliances to third-party clouds, such as Google Cloud Storage, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Rackspace Cloud Files.

CloudHook has supported Google cloud Storage’s Standard and Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) offerings for several years and passed compatibility testing for the beta version of Google Cloud Storage Nearline.

Our customers are constantly looking for new and innovative ways tocost-effectively manage their rapidly growing storage with less operational expense, and our support of Google Cloud Storage Nearline enables them to take advantage of Google’s groundbreaking new storage offering,” said Mark Campbell, chief marketing and technology officer, Unitrends. “We are unique in offering customers not only our own Unitrends cloud for DR and BC, but also access to other third-party storage clouds. Giving customers this freedom is just one more way we’re delivering on our commitment to provide solutions that increase the confidence and productivity of IT professionals.

Archiving data for long-term retention has traditionally been a complex, costly and time-consuming process as companies typically backup data to rotational media, such as tape, and then work with a third-party vendor to get archived data offsite. Offerings such as Google Cloud Storage are taking the pain out of this process by letting customers archive directly to the cloud. CloudHook enables Unitrends customers to integrate their Recovery-Series physical appliances and Unitrends Enterprise Backup virtual appliances with their preferred cloud storage offering to manage long-term retention of backup data.

We all need to backup our data.

Organizations and Corporations can not “live by hope” alone.

Scrambling to find hard copies is no longer an option. We do not print all the documents that we receive by email.

But where and how should backup? Are you comfortable with your present backup process?

Consider Unitrends.

Unitrends has a plethora of purpose-built data protection products for unmatched backup, archiving, disaster recovery, and business continuity.

Their offerings include:

  • Physical appliances
  • Virtual appliances
  • Software
  • Cloud storage
  • DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)

The table below compares a high-level comparative overview of Unitrends products. To learn more about each offering simply follow the links above to the appropriate section.

OFFERING DEPLOYS AS OR IN PROTECTS

Recovery-Series ***

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Physical Appliance Virtual (Hyper-V and VMware)
Deep Virtual (Hyper-V and VMware)
Physical (100+ Versions)
Converged (Cisco UCS)
Unitrends Enterprise Backup Virtual Appliance Virtual (Hyper-V and VMware)
Deep Virtual (Hyper-V and VMware)
Physical (100+ Versions)
Converged (Cisco UCS)
Unitrends Virtual Backup Virtual Appliance Virtual (XenServer)
ReliableDRTM Windows Software Virtual (VMware & Hyper-V)
Unitrends Cloud Public Cloud Recovery-Series
Unitrends Enterprise Backup

Unitrends Certified Recovery Suite- a suite consisting of Unitrends Enterprise Backup, Unitrends Virtual Backup, and ReliableDR for one affordable price.

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Let us assist you to find the right solution that will fit your needs for now and in the future.

Please call Sunstar Company at (800) 663-5523

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All-in-One Backup Appliance

Purpose-built physical backup appliances for enterprise-class virtual, deep virtual, physical protection, and unified computer protection.

  • A single solution.
  • A single management interface.
  • A single line-item in your budget.
  • Protection of 100+ versions of computers, storage devices, operating systems, hypervisors and applications.

Let us here at Sunstar Company size the appropriate recovery appliance for your organization.

Ease of use and when you need support, Unitrends will be there to support your hardware and software.

Model Raw Storage Maximum Backup Solution Size
Unitrends RC201 1TB 0.6TB Small
Unitrends RC602 2TB 1.6TB Small
Unitrends RC603 3TB 2.4TB Small
Unitrends RC713S 6TB 3.2TB Medium
Unitrends RC714S 8TB 5TB Medium
Unitrends RC814S 12TB 8TB Medium
Unitrends RC823S 19TB 13TB Medium
Unitrends RC824S 25TB 16TB Large
Unitrends RC833S 37TB 20TB Large
Unitrends RC936S 73TB 40TB Large

Desktop

  • The Unitrends Recovery-Series family of desktop appliances include backup, archiving, and disaster recovery capabilities.
  • Available from 1 to 3 terabytes (TBs) of capacity, so you can optimize protection for your environment as well as your budget.

Rackmount

  • All-in- one backup appliances include powerful capabilities like deduplication and inflight encryption—features that cost extra with our competitors.
  • Unified Data Protection™ means agent and/or agentless backup, plus image and/or file restores.

Contact us online or if possible call (800) 663-5523 – for the appropriate configuration and quote.

 

Unless your systems are protected by some kind of mirroring or high availability system, you’re probably going to lose some data when a disaster strikes.

The question is, how much data can you afford to lose?

Data loss can be expensive! There are many case studies that speak of companies that have in essence gone out of business just because of data loss.

A recovery point objective (RPO) is a useful tool for disaster recovery planning, especially when it comes to planning and executing backups. A  RPO is a measurement of your tolerance for data loss and it can help you decide how often you need to be backing up, as well as what sort of infrastructure you need in place in order to support those backups.

Enter Unitrends

Unitrends backup appliances provide point-in-time data recovery and speedy restore of failed systems. But your data protection strategy should stipulate a third component: off-site storage for your protected data and systems.

Replicate your data to a second site – be it to another Unitrends Appliance or perhaps to the Cloud.

For additional information – please call (800) 663-5523

 

 

Unitrends offers:

  1. Cost Effective Capacity-Based Model & Simple Pricing – No hidden fees and no-limits appliance licensing coupled with flexible UEB software licensing models
  2. Lowest Total Cost of Ownership through a broad and cost effective family of all-in-one appliances
  3. 12 Granular Physical Appliances Supporting 0.4TB – 50TB Maximum Backup
  4. Instant Recovery: Physical On- and Off-Host Plus Unitrends Enterprise Backup 7.3 on/off on replication target as well
  5. Unlimited Integrated Cloud – Storage and Replication to Private/Unitrends Public Cloud
  6. Integrated Archiving: disk, tape, NAS, SAN – Rotational or Fixed
  • Ninty- Eight percent customer satisfaction rating
  • Unlimited cloud
  • Hardware/software solutions for physical, virtual and cloud IT environments
  • Not top forget, the Unitrends 100% capacity guarantee

Currently Unitrends is extending a “Special Offer to Symantec Backup Exec Customers” interested to switch to Unitrends.

To learn more about this promotion and Unitrends hardware and software offerings, please call Sunstar Company (800) 663-5523 or contact us online.

Backup with a  single solution, single management interface and with a single line-item in your budget.

Protect over 100 versions of computers, storage devices, operating systems, hypervisors and applications with the Unitrends Recovery Series

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BACKUP, ARCHIVING, INSTANT RECOVERY & DISASTER RECOVERY

All-in-One Backup Appliance                                                           

The Unitrends Recovery-Series family of appliances delivers backup, archiving, disaster recovery and instant recovery in a shrink-wrapped package.

This federated, scalable architecture means flexible deployment options and no more fork-lift upgrades.

With No Limits Licensing, Unitrends gives you the lowest TCO in the industry and maximum protection for your environment.

Backed by customer-obsessed service and support delivering a 98% customer satisfaction rate

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  • New 3rd generation, all-in-one integrated appliance models with faster CPU clock speeds, AES-NI hardware encryption, increased I/O bandwidth, scaling from 1TB to 97TB of raw storage, 8GB to 256GB memory, and 2 to 16 CPU cores.
  • Solid State Drives (SSD)—1st integrated appliance (1U and larger) to include variable sized solid-state drives (SSDs) as a 2nd-layer read cache. As more backups are processed and replicated, data is cached in SSD cache, speeding up read requests and increasing data I/O. Overall, SSDs yield a 300% improvement in backup RPO by allowing more data to be protected per day, all while improving recovery times (RTO) by 125%.

 

 

Unitrends purpose-built physical backup appliances for enterprise-class virtual, deep virtual, physical protection, and unified computer protection.

For more information: Call 800.663.5523 or contact us online

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At some point in time a backup solution will be deployed in all organizations. Sure there is a wide choice of offerings and we are not just talking about disk or tape.  For the most part a number of vendors are required for a backup solution to be deployed.

More likely both software and hardware will be required. This works but what we at Sunstar have learned over the years that in time, more challenges arise. Operating Systems get updated or changed, hardware is replaced and then there is the added headache that support must be available from both the software and hardware vendor.

It is for these reasons that many of our clients have opted to an “all in one” solution.  Unitrends is one of our “go to vendors” when a client will best be suited by an all in solution.

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  • Unitrends delivers award-winning business recovery solutions for any IT environment.
  • The company’s portfolio of virtual, physical, and cloud solutions provides adaptive protection for organizations globally.
  • To address the complexities facing today’s modern data center, Unitrends delivers end-to-end protection and instant recovery of all virtual and physical assets as well as automated disaster recovery testing built for virtualization.
  • Unitrends’ offerings are backed by a customer support team that consistently achieves a 98 percent satisfaction rating.

Contact us at (800) 663-5523 for assistance, we will size the appropriate solution for your company.

Recovery-Series family features include:

  • All-in-one integrated appliance models with AES-NI hardware encryption, scaling from 1TB to 97TB of raw storage, 8GB to 256GB memory, and 2 to 16 CPU cores.
  • Solid State Drives (SSD)—1st integrated appliance (1U and larger) to include variable sized solid-state drives (SSDs) as a 2nd-layer read cache. As more backups are processed and replicated, data is cached in SSD cache, speeding up read requests and increasing data I/O.
  • Recovery assurance including the industry’s only Windows VM and physical server instant recovery capability coupled with hypervisor-level instant recovery and auditing via the ReliableDR add-on.
  • Virtualization, deep virtualization, physical, and unified compute protection for over 100 versions of applications, operating systems, servers, and storage.
  • Unitrends Bridge Convert physical systems to virtual systems, vSphere or Hyper-V, in a single click to external virtualization hosts.
  • Unified Bare Metal One-pass dissimilar bare metal capability that performs both bare metal as well as granular file-level backup.
  • NDMP Backup and NAS Backup Optional NDMP NAS Protection provides enhanced storage integration for EMC and NetApp NAS devices with simplified backup management, improved performance, while maintaining access control lists (ACLs) on recovered files.
  • Cloud-empowered disaster recovery and business continuity your way—via ourUnitrends Cloud which offers No Limits Cloud storage with strict RTO SLAs and DRaaSfor Windows and VMware. But we don’t lock you in—we offer cloud disaster recovery even via third-party cloud solutions with our CloudHook functionality supporting Amazon, Google, Dropbox and many more.
  • Granular disaster recovery via local archiving—D2D2x (Disk-to-Disk-to-Any) including rotational disk, rotational tape, fixed SAN, and fixed NAS—so that you can build WAN bandwidth-saving disaster recovery and business continuity policies.
  • Our Pledge free hardware forever policy included with any 3 or 5 year support plan.
  • Predictive analytics that monitors and predicts hardware and software failures before they occur.

Right-size your appliance to fit your exact business needs, from the remote office to the enterprise. Choose from a granular family of Recovery-Series appliances that easily scale up and scale out as your business grows.

Model
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602
603
713S
714S
814S
823S
824S
933S
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6
8
12
19
25
37
73
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8GB
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16GB
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16GB
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16GB
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32GB
(Dual)
64GB
(Dual)
64GB
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256GB
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256GB
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Cores/Threads
2/2
4/4
4/4
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4/8
4/8
4/8
12/24
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Unitrends today announced general availability of Unitrends ReliableDR™ 4.0, the industry’s first automated disaster recovery failover and testing solution for Microsoft® Hyper-V® environments. Version 4.0 extends the widely-sought recovery assurance capabilities previously available for VMware vSphere.

The release of ReliableDR 4.0 is the latest in a remarkable succession of product innovation unveiled by Unitrends in the past three months. This incomparable technology advancement comes directly on the heels of the launch of Unitrends’ next-generation Recovery-Series family of purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) as well as Unitrends Release 8.0. A major upgrade of the software powering the company’s physical and virtual appliances, Release 8.0 introduced the industry’s most robust protection and recovery for Hyper-V environments.

ReliableDR 4.0 provides:

Guaranteed failover of virtualized applications and business services.

Automated certification that RPOs and RTOs will be achieved.

Fully automated application recovery testing.

Immediate detection and alerting of SLA deviations.

Detailed compliance and audit reporting.

Dramatically lower costs for DR testing by eliminating time consuming manual processes.

“IT professionals overwhelmingly choose Unitrends because of our steadfast maniacal focus on ensuring that they can recover their IT infrastructure quickly and safely,” said Mark Campbell, chief marketing and technology officer, Unitrends. “With ReliableDR 4.0, we now offer storage replication, Microsoft Hyper-V as well as VMware vSphere replication, and integration of ReliableDR with Unitrends Recovery-Series, Unitrends Enterprise Backup, and Unitrends Virtual Backup platforms.”

To learn more contact 800.663.5523 or contact us online.

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BACKUP, ARCHIVING, INSTANT RECOVERY & DISASTER RECOVERY

All-in-One Backup Appliance:                                                              Call (800) 663-5523 for a Quote or Additional Information

Purpose-built physical backup appliances for enterprise-class virtual, deep virtual, physical protection, and unified computer protection.

The Unitrend Recovery Series 713S is one of the new appliances announced earlier this month. A 3rd Generation, all-in-one integrated appliance models with faster CPU clock speeds than than the RC713.

Ideal for small to medium-sized businesses, the 713S supports byte- level deduplication, hardware enhanced AES-NI encryption and 128 GB of tiered cache SSD.

The Result: Improved backup performance and faster restore and recovery.

Supporting 6 TB of raw storage capacity (RAID-10)

Call us to learn more and receive a quote.

www.suntarco.com

 

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Unitrends Unveils Next-Generation Physical Backup and Recovery Appliances with Tiered Flash Storage

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Unitrends today unveiled the next generation of its Recovery-Series family of purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs). With its new portfolio, which includes 11 models that scale from 1 terabyte (TB) to 97 TB of raw storage, Unitrends sets a new standard in backup and recovery performance with tiered flash storage and makes cloud adoption much more affordable for companies of all sizes.

Tiered Flash Storage Boosts Performance
With the release of the next-generation Recovery-Series family, Unitrends becomes the data protection industry’s price/performance leader. The company is bringing the value of flash storage, at new unprecedented price points, to its Recovery-Series appliances ranging from 1U and above. Tiered flash storage delivers improved backup performance, faster restore and disaster recovery processes, and greater scalability and flexibility. Additionally, customers now have the ability to implement policies around flash cache usage to optimize performance as data grows and prevent performance degradation, even as appliances age.

In addition to tiered flash storage, Unitrends has made a number of product enhancements that drive superior performance, including upgrades to the hardware’s central processing unit (CPU), advancements in its memory and RAID, and improvements in compression capabilities. The result is unrivaled backup and disaster recovery performance both locally and in the cloud, including:

  • A 300 percent improvement in backup processing time
  • A 300 percent improvement in recovery point objectives (RPOs)
  • A 125 percent improvement in recovery time objectives (RTOs)
  • A 200 percent improvement in local archiving

The Unitrends Recovery-Series family now caters to organizations of all sizes – from small businesses and remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations to large enterprises. The product line features three new low-cost physical appliances for small businesses and two new 3U form factor appliances, along with a 4U model, for enterprises with high-volume storage needs. Small businesses with a modest IT budget can purchase the Recovery-201 desktop appliance, which is priced at approximately $1,200, or the Recovery-602 or Recovery-603 1U half-height rack appliances, which start around $4,000. Companies with large storage requirements can choose from two new 3U appliances – the Recovery-933S, which includes 37 TB of raw storage, or the Recovery-936S, featuring 73 TB of raw storage – or the 4U 943S appliance with 97 TB of raw storage.

Additionally, Unitrends is making hybrid cloud adoption more affordable than ever by offering its No Limits Cloud™ service to Recovery-Series customers at price points suitable for entry-level companies. The No Limits Cloud replication service, along with the company’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering, comprise the Unitrends Cloud, which is augmented with Recovery Assurance for vSphere™ and Hyper-V® environments.

Unitrends next-generation Recovery-Series appliances are available now and can be purchased from Sunstar Company, Inc.

Fast, reliable back up and restoration of files and folders. All Unitrends appliances use disk-to-disk technology to provide greater speed and reliability than tape-based systems.

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Purpose-built physical backup appliances for enterprise-class virtual, deep virtual, physical protection, and unified computer protection.

Unitrends provides physical, virtual and cloud-based protection and recovery for every organization’s most valuable assets: its data and applications. Supported by a “crazy-committed” customer service model based on engagement, experience and excellence, the company consistently achieves a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating and helps everyone play IT safe by delivering the best cost-to-value ratio available anywhere.

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  RC-822
  RC-823
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Raw Storage (TB)
4
6
9
13
19
25
31
97
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2.4
3.2
6
9
13
16
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50
 

 

The Unitrends Recovery-Series family of rackmount appliances include backup, archiving, and disaster recovery. Available from 4 to 97 terabytes (TBs) of capacity, so you can optimize protection for your environment as well as your budget. The hardest-working appliance in your rack. All-in- one backup appliances include powerful capabilities like deduplication and inflight encryption—features that cost extra with our competitors. Unified Data Protection™ means agent and/or agentless backup, plus image and/or file restores. And no one does Instant Recovery like Unitrends.

  • Cloud-ready Appliances. Supports replication to a private cloud or to Unitrends No Limits Cloud™.
  • Unified Data Protection™. Protects your physical and virtual environment.
  • Heterogeneous Support. Protects over 100 versions of servers, storage, operating systems, hypervisors, and applications.
  • Simply Scalable™ Architecture. Monitoring and management of physical and virtual appliances from a single pane of glass.
  • Instant Recovery. Meet your recovery time objectives (RTO) and recover servers in minutes. Instant granular file- level recovery, too.
  • Point-in-Time Protection. Backup as often as once every 60 seconds. Improve your recovery point objectives (RPOs) with Incremental Forever.
  • Bare Metal Restore Technology. Similar and dissimilar, physical and virtual.
  • No Limits Licensing. No per-anything fees. Lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry.
  • Easy-to-use Interface. Intuitive, drag-and-drop.
  • Customer-Obsessed Service. Regionally based support. Customer satisfaction rate of 98%.

To learn more about the Unitrends all in one backup appliance contact sales at Sunstar Companyor call 800.663.5523

Good news,

Sunstar client …… has ordered yet another Unitrends RC833. 

What I can assure you is that the Unitrends Recovery Appliance does what the document states, the client is happy as are we.

Backup to the Unitrends RC Appliance.

To learn more about UnitrendsContact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

 

Unitrends Backup & Disaster Recovery solution for virtual, physical and cloud is a leader in enterprise-level data protection.

It is used by IT professionals for backup of their virtual and physical servers and for performing disaster recovery to remote locations, private and public clouds.

Unitrends Backup & Recovery solution provides US-based support that boasts a 99% customer satisfaction rate, reinforcing its reputation for quality.

Features include: No Limits Licensing, Heterogeneous Protection for 100+ versions of Operating Systems, Continuous Data Protection & Point-in-Time Protection, Global Deduplication, Encryption, Ease of Use, Simply Scalable, Instant Recovery with Failover Virtualization, Disaster Recovery, Archiving and Replication.

See how other Data Protection offerings stack up against Unitrends Backup, Recovery and Replication Solutions!

  • Symantec Backup Exec 2012 to Unitrends
  • EMC Avamar to Unitrends
  • EMC Networker vs Unitrends
  • EMC DPS vs Unitrends
  • Barracuda vs Unitrends
  • Commvault Simpina vs Unitrends
  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager vs Unitrends
  • Computer Associates ARCserve vs Unitrends

To learn more about UnitrendsContact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

Investing in a cloud data backup service is one of the best decisions any business owner can make. A natural disaster could hit your town and destroy your systems, an employee could spill a drink on her computer and destroy it or someone could steal your equipment, but backing up data in the cloud makes these unfortunate events much more bearable.

Cloud data backup stores existing data in an off-site server, making it available anytime, anywhere you need it. Data is frequently synced or updated, mirroring your system in real time. Cloud data backup not only disaster-proofs your business, but it also can save you tons of time and money in restoring your operations.

Consider the following when choosing a cloud data backup service.

  • Storage: How much cloud storage do you need? Cloud data backup providers offer anywhere from 1GB to unlimited space, giving businesses a wide range of choices based on their needs. The amount of space offered is directly related to service costs, so it’s best to determine how much space is needed so you can stay within budget.
  • Scalability: It’s not always easy — if not impossible — to determine exactly how much cloud data backup storage a business needs. Numerous factors must be considered, such as the number of employees and computers, the volume of data and the type of business. Find a service that offers scalability and agility so that your backup can grow as your business grows. While you don’t necessarily have to shell out for unlimited space, your options include purchasing more space than you need or signing up with a vendor that offers flexible solutions.
  • Uptime: The entire purpose of a cloud backup is to make sure your data is available whenever you need it. A vendor’s uptime depends on its tier; Tier 1 services offer 99.671 percent availability, and Tier 4 offers 99.995 percent availability. Although the differences in these percentages look insignificant, the technology in place is what really counts — higher tiers offer pre-emptive features like redundancy (for instance, backups of backups) and industry-standard equipment to protect data. To illustrate, Tier 1 services are essentially server rooms that host data backups, whereas Tier 4 offers advanced power capabilities and temperature control (such as heating and HVAC systems) to reduce the chances of downtime and ensure the optimum level of availability.
  • Disaster recovery: Vendors can make all the uptime guarantees they want, but the reality is that unforeseen events, such as cyberattacks and natural disasters, can shut down servers and render your data inaccessible. While downtime is not always preventable, what’s important is to make sure the cloud data backup you choose provides an effective and efficient disaster-recovery plan to get you back online ASAP. This can mean anything from multilocation backups to cyberattack mitigation.
  • Backup frequency: You’re working on files and updating information all day, so you need the peace of mind that the latest versions are always backed up. Thus, it’s important to know the frequency at which your data is backed up to the cloud and how it’s done. Vendors’ backup practices vary widely, so some are more suitable for your type of business than others. For example, some services back up files as you make changes, so this could mean anything from backing up the entire file again or simply syncing files such that it only backs up changes that you make. Some services also offer hourly, daily, monthly or other fixed backup frequencies, while others let you set your own schedules.
  • Security: How safe is your data in the cloud? Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, so ask vendors how your data is protected. Some things to look for include at least 256-bit encryption at rest and during transit (in storage and while being sent to and from the server), Secure Socket Layer (SSL), and local and off-site data storage.
  • Compliance: As a small business, your customers’ privacy is a top priority. The cloud data backup provider you choose should offer regulatory compliance to ensure the highest level of protection, The provider should also be compliant with specific industry regulations, such as the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Pricing: Most cloud data backup pricing models are fairly straightforward. Typically, pricing is based on the amount of storage and features offered, and is billed on a monthly or yearly basis.
  • Terms: As with any other vendor, make sure you read the fine print to completely understand your terms of service and to avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road. Look for things like service limits, contract terms and whether a vendor lock-in is required. Vendor lock-ins will make it very difficult to move to a different vendor once your business outgrows current services.
  • Support: By using a cloud data backup service, you are entrusting your business’s operational foundation to a third-party provider. You want to know that they have your back when something goes wrong or you need help. Choose a vendor that can be contacted via multiple channels, such as phone, email, chat and even social media.

To learn more: Contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

Interesting read

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Actual Unitrends and REDACTED VMware vSphere 5.5 Storage Deduplication for a Single VM and a Single VMDK

[Preface: Note that the although the data is real, the name of our competitor has been obscured, changed, and otherwise redacted to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings.]

Last week there was a “twitter storm” around a marketing campaign that Unitrends which called out another company (a proverbial 800 pound gorilla in the 100% virtualization backup market) on its lack of efficacy regarding deduplication.  I was flying back from Toronto where I was meeting with some prospective partners; so I got into the tail-end of it all.  Beyond the typical Twitter kind of stuff (e.g., an allegation of  aggressive marketing to which I sent a link of this competitor doing the same thing on their web site, an assertion that the competitor was superior to Unitrends because it has more customers to which I asked if that meant that McDonald’s was the best restaurant in the world – that kind of thing), there was a more substantive discussion.

One of the things that came across in all the conversation was how some folks found it to be distasteful to call out competitors by name regarding their weaknesses.  I disagreed  – but understood that it was a debatable point even though this particular competitor seems to do it quite often.  Then over the weekend someone forwarded me a forum post from the competitor’s web site responding to this kerfuffle – and engaging in some name calling – that sort of thing.

I understand the perspective, if not the facts, of the competitor’s forum post.  Being limited to virtualization HOS-level backup can at times limit ones perspective – it’s like the old saying about all the world looking like a nail to the person who only has a hammer.   At the same time, I think that backup can be complex – and what the buyer needs these days is as broad a perspective as possible about their choices.

The chart  above shows real-world storage footprints, and thus implicitly deduplication ratios, over time for a single VM, with a single VMDK, with a 5% change rate.  This isn’t theoretical – it’s the actual results from the simplest possible test I could conceive of deduplication.  In my next post on this subject, I’ll explain why you see this type of result and the trade-offs that occur not only with respect to deduplication, but with respect to HOS-level backup versus GOS-level backup (note: HOS-level backup is generally faster, GOS-level backup generally has higher deduplication ratios in a content-aware deduplication scheme, etc.)

I decided to publish this because over at our competitor’s forums there’s a statement that I find – well, the best way I can describe it charitably is as  incredibly ignorant – because otherwise it’s just plain not truthful.  The quote was in effect that “there is no difference between global and per-job deduplication.”

Given the enormous marketing budget of  our competitor as well as their demonstrated world-wide success at driving marketing messaging (it’s almost, but not in any way, as if their name rhymes with “meme”), I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Winston Churchill quote: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.”  I think it’s time we put the marketing aside, and start talking facts.

Thus, for the next few weeks I’m going to write a series of posts about deduplication.  I think it’s important to help the truth get its pants on more quickly.  As always, look forward to any feedback, comments, issues, and concerns.

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