Unitrends Release 7.4 Performance Enhancements

by Mark Campbell on April 7, 2014

74[This post is one in a series concerning release 7.4 for Replication-Series physical appliances and our UEB virtual appliance.  The overview for this series may be found here.]

Every time Unitrends releases new software for our Recovery-Series physical appliances and our Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ (UEB) virtual appliance there are performance enhancements.  We have a small team that continuously benchmarks our software (and well as the software of our competitors) to learn of opportunities for improvement.  Equally (or more!) importantly, we have a huge number of customers using our software who are willing to share with us opportunities for improvement.  This has led to our new release 7.4 which contains some pretty amazing new performance capabilities.  The advantages to our customers include (note: some of these were previously described in the Unified Bare Metal section; they are described here for completeness):

  • More retention. Up to 100% more retention due to the need for only one backup type and the enhanced deduplication characteristics of that new unified bare metal/master backup type.  VMware backups now offer higher deduplication rates; in medium to higher change rate environments our customers have seen improvements of up to 90% per master or synthetic.
  • Faster replication.  Replication improvements of up to 100% due to the enhanced deduplication characteristics of the new unified bare metal/master backup type.  Increased VMware deduplication rates have yielded performance improvements of up to 10X faster depending upon the speed of the WAN.  In addition, several core replication algorithms have been optimized yielding an increase in replication performance in heavily used system by up to 130%.
  • Smaller backup window.  The one-pass architecture of Unified Bare Metal enables up to 100% time savings versus the prior two-pass architecture.  In addition, backups are typically landed faster due to improved space replication – the impact can be 10% or more on heavily utilized appliances.
  • Faster RTO.  With Unified Bare Metal there is no longer the need to restore the bare metal and then restore the file-based backup.  This means that RTO is improved by as much as 100%.  With UEB Windows Instant Recovery RTO time for physical windows recovery has improved from hours to a few minutes.
  • Smaller archiving window.  One of the things that sets Unitrends apart is our D2D2x archiving capabilities.  In release 7.4, we’ve implemented a parallel archiving scheme that enables multiple archive jobs to execute concurrently.  This can improve archiving performance by 50% to 200%.

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Unitrends Bridge™

by Mark Campbell on April 7, 2014

[This post is one in a series concerning release 7.4 for Replication-Series physical appliances and our UEB virtual appliance.  The overview for this series may be found here.]

Unitrends Bridge is a 1-click P2V (Physical to Virtual) capability that enables protected Windows systems to be transformed into virtual machines.  The benefits are

  • Windows Instant Recovery is now available not only on our physical appliances but on our UEB (Unitrends Enterprise Backup™) virtual appliance.  In this mode the VM operates in essence as a standby server – constantly being updated by each subsequent backup.
  • You may optionally relinquish control so that this VM no longer operates as a standby server.  At that point you’re able to run, mount, shrink, grow, convert to other types, and perform other operations on the VM.  You may also then protect it again.

This simple yet sophisticated technology is first available in release 7.4 for both our Recovery-Series physical appliances and our UEB virtual appliance – at no cost to our customers. This is the capability that has enabled Unitrends to offer our WIR (Windows Instant Recovery) feature on our physical appliances – it’s now been revolutionized to offer a 1-click P2V capability for external virtualization hosts for both our physical and virtual appliances.

Unitrends Bridge supports the transformation of physical Windows systems or Windows systems that are implemented as a GOS (Guest Operating System) in any virtualization infrastructure into a virtual machine.  In release 7.4, the transformation target is limited to VMware vSphere; in release 7.5 we’ll add Microsoft Hyper-V; and in future releases new virtualization types will be included as well.

Unitrends Bridge on a Recovery-Series physical appliance enables the creation of a standby virtual machine that can reside on the physical appliance itself or on a specified virtualization host.  The virtualization type supported on the physical appliance itself is KVM and the virtualization type supported on the specified virtualization host is VMware vSphere.

Unitrends Bridge on our UEB virtual appliance enables the creation of a standby virtual machine on a specified virtualization host.  In release 7.4, the virtualization host must be VMware vSphere.

The Details

What types of Windows systems does Unitrends Bridge support?  Just a few of the latest Window server editions?  No – this is Unitrends – we support a plethora of Windows versions.

  • Windows Servers supported by Unitrends Bridge are:74
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows 2003 R2
  • Windows 2008
  • Windows 2008 R2
  • Windows 2012
  • Windows 2012 R2

Both NTFS and ReFS file systems are supported.

  • Windows Clients supported by Unitrends Bridge are:
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8 and 8.1 (32- and 64-bit)

For both Windows Servers and Clients physical systems with PC as well as UEFI BIOS’s are supported.

All of these Windows Servers and Clients can be transformed from physical servers or from GOS’s (Guest Operating Systems) in the following virtual environments:

  • VMware vSphere
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Citrix XenServer
  • Xen
  • Parallels
  • KVM
  • RHEV
  • Oracle VM
  • And all others…

We’re pretty excited about this – and as always would love to hear what you think about this or any other topic.

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Unitrends Unified Bare Metal Recovery (BMR)

April 7, 2014

[This post is one in a series concerning release 7.4 for Replication-Series physical appliances and our UEB virtual appliance.  The overview for this series may be found here.] Unitrends Unified Bare Metal Recovery for the Recovery-Series and Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ products have always been a feature that set our company apart.  We invented BMR at Unitrends […]

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Unitrends Recovery-Series and Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ Release 7.4

April 7, 2014

  We’re announcing today Release 7.4 of Unitrends Recovery-series physical appliances and the Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ virtual appliance.  We’re pretty excited about this release – so without further ado, here’s why we’re stoked: Unified Bare Metal™.  Faster backups, faster replication, more retention.  Unitrends invented BMR (Bare Metal Recovery); we have patents pending for our unique […]

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DCIG Backup Appliance Guide, Unitrends Backup Appliances, and Car Dealers

March 31, 2014

  DCIG just announced the availability of its DCIG 2014-2015 integrated backup appliance buyer’s guide.  You can download it here.  Drumrolls…and the tension builds…and that Unitrends as a vendor with its top of the line flagship Recovery-943….is number 2? Look – there’s no doubt that Unitrends dominated the DGIC 2014-2015 integrated backup appliance buyer’s guide.  […]

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Backup and Cloud: Google’s AWSome Price Cuts

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Source: Google and Techcrunch You can’t accuse Google of being subtle.  Yesterday, Google announced an incredibly aggressive set of price cuts for its Google Cloud Platform that are clearly designed not only to attack but to eviscerate Amazon’s AWS.   Cloud storage pricing was reduced by 68% while compute pricing was radically simplified and reduced by up […]

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VMware VSAN Overview

March 13, 2014

I thought this would be an informative post as the VMware VSAN is now GA as of yesterday! The definition according to VMware’s product page says:  VMware Virtual SAN, a new software-defined storage tier, pools compute and direct-attached storage resources and clusters server disks and flash to create resilient shared storage.   Crib notes on the site list the main […]

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Global Benchmark Study Reveals 73% of Companies are Unprepared for Disaster Recovery

March 4, 2014

The Disaster Recovery Preparedness (DRP) Council announced today findings from its 2014 annual benchmark study which show that 73% of respondent organizations worldwide are not taking adequate steps to protect their data and IT systems. According to participants, poor planning, testing and technological deficiencies have led to more than $5M worth of critical applications failure, data […]

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Better Prepared Organizations Implement More Detailed DR Plans

March 3, 2014

This week I want to examine in more detail the good news coming out of the 2014 Annual Report on the State of Disaster Recovery Preparedness from the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council .  Based on hundreds of responses from organizations worldwide, the Annual Report provides several insights into the best practices of companies that are […]

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DR Benchmark

February 13, 2014
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As chairman of the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council, I’m proud to announce that we’ve issued our first annual report on The State of Disaster Recovery Preparedness. Based on hundreds of responses from organizations worldwide, the 20-page 2014 Annual Report provides a close look at how companies are doing when in comes to disaster recovery best […]

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