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Unitrends unites backup, DR management

SMB backup and DR vendor Unitrends has released version 4.0 of its RapidRecovery management software for its Data Protection Unit disk-to-disk backup hardware. The new version completes a yearlong effort from Unitrends to bring together what were once separate GUIs for managing backup and offsite vaulting using the DPU devices.

A year ago, the company removed the command line interface, which CEO Duncan MacPherson described as “a late ’90s level GUI that looked old and slow.” At that time, Unitrends gave backup and configuration management interfaces a facelift. The current release pulls in offsite vaulting and data recovery. Other new features include the ability to create customized reports based on the GUI, test DR plans, recover single files from a secondary site, and support for new operating systems including Novell Netware. MacPherson said Windows 2008 will be supported by the end of the year.

Unitrends’ goal is to package all data protection processes and hardware into one product. Combining operational backup and disaster recovery practices also seems to be an emerging trend. This is also being done through backup service providers whose backups by definition are offsite, and who are beginning to offer more affordable system state recovery of hosts using virtual servers. Stay tuned to the and sites for more on this.

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