Backup and Recovery Reviews
Reviews of enterprise and SMB solutions that are purpose built for backup, recovery and archiving duties.
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC Data Domain DD2200 Review (DD Boost for SQL)

The EMC Data Domain DD2200 is a deduplication appliance for backup and archive data that is designed for small to midrange data centers. A recent addition to the Data Domain line, the DD2200 consolidates backup, archive, and disaster recovery into one easy-to-manage 2U rack unit platform. The device is offered in two configurations: either a 7 drive system with 7.5TB of usable space or a 12 drive system with 17.2TB of usable space. The DD2200 supports up to 4.7TB per hour throughput and can support up to 860TB of logical capacity via expansion shelves. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

ExaGrid EX21000E Disk Backup Appliance Review

The ExaGrid EX21000E Backup Appliance provides for a full backup of 21TB, includes 42TB of usable backup storage (48TB raw) and specializes in fast restoration. The EX21000E, as well as all of ExaGrid's backup appliances, divides its storage into two major portions: one is specified as the "Landing Zone" (which uses about half of the total usable storage) and the other is allocated for deduplicated backups (which uses the other half of the usable storage). The Landing Zone is what allows this appliance to accomplish such fast restorations, as 90% of restorations utilize the most recent backup. In addition, the Landing Zone stores a full uncompressed backup, whereas comparable appliances that automatically deduplicate backups have to decompress the files before restoration, slowing time to recovery as a result.

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by Tucker Mindrum

HP RDX Removable Disk Backup System Review

The HP RDX Removable Disk Backup System is a backup solution that allows small or medium-sized businesses to buy as they grow; it makes use of interchangeable disk cartridges (available in 320GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities) that can be archived as backups become outdated. The HP RDX Removable Disk Backup System backs up data at hard drive speeds and is specced to restore critical files at approximately 360GB/hr using the USB 3.0 interface, which is significantly faster than what alternate solutions like cloud services can provide. Small businesses can purchase new cartridges on an as needed basis rather than having to invest in a dedicated backup appliance or other solutions that are overkill for small server environments.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Barracuda Backup 890 Review

The Barracuda Backup 890 is a backup appliance designed to meet the needs of SMBs and the midmarket by offering an easy to deploy backup solution for physical and virtual environments with automated cloud integration for offsite replication. The Barracuda Backup 890 offers automatic backup that is simple to set up and use. Compatible with all types of server software and most virtualized environments, this backup offers enormous security and storage for a competitive price.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Unitrends Enterprise Backup Review

Unitrends offers its backup solution in two options: a virtual appliance and a physical one. We already took a look at the physical appliance, in which we determined that it offers great value from an ROI perspective with its tremendous capacity per dollar ratio as well as a web-based interface that's intuitive to use. For this review, we will be taking a look at Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB), an affordable heterogeneous, enterprise-class, scalable data protection software-only backup solution, which is available as a virtual appliance for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. Additionally, with Unitrends' Simply Scalable technology, Unitrends Enterprise Backup gives companies an efficient and reliable way to automate regular backups and offers great protection for data and systems residing on virtual, physical and cloud-based infrastructure.

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by Kevin OBrien

Unitrends Recovery-943 Backup Appliance Review

The Unitrends Recovery-943 Backup Appliance has 97TB of raw capacity and robust connectivity options, and it incorporates standard features found on existing Unitrends Recovery appliances such as backup, archiving, instant recovery, and disaster recovery functionality. In the past, these recovery appliances have been configured and marketed to small and medium businesses. These smaller organizations face complex backup requirements and don't have the dedicated resources and expertise needed to apply multi-platform backup-administration and as such have been Unitrends target-market. The Recovery-943 is however a step-up from previous Unitrends options with three times the storage capacity of its predecessor and the ability to scale the functionality of the Unitrends RecoveryOS to the enterprise market.

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by Josh Shaman

HP StoreEver LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 Review (EH970A)

HP's LTO-6 Ultrium 6250, the sixth and latest iteration in the Ultrium tape drive series, is designed for server customers using DAS environments who require superior data transfer rates and long-term cost efficiency over other forms of storage. The Ultrium 6250 hosts a major update over previous generation models with its 6GB/s SAS interface that connects directly to SAS-based-servers. Additionally, the Ultrium 6250 has backwards-compatability, writing to and reading fifth generation tapes and reading fourth generation tapes. The latest sixth generation tapes now have an expanded capacity that ranges up to 6.25TB of uncompressed data. With a ratio of 2.5:1, that still provides users with 2.5TB of compressed data, which is 1TB more than LTO-5 offered.

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by Josh Shaman

Imation RDX Media Secure USB 3.0 Review (RDX-USB3)

The Imation RDX Media Secure Docking Station and its paired RDX cartridges featuring Media Secure Client software provide users with an alternative to tape storage solutions and standard external hard drives used for backup purposes. The RDX Docking Station furnishes users with the speed of USB 3.0 connectivity and the long-term scalability tapes have historically provided. The cartridges have wide-ranging capacity offerings and beyond that, they come in both standard and encrypted models allowing users to choose the features that they need to meet budget or compliance restraints. That said, the Imation RDX Media Secure is positioned for the SMB market and this particular iteration can meet the backup needs of either a workstation or a small server group.

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