Upgraded Backup Tool Restores to "Dissimilar" Hardware
- By Stuart J. Johnston
- February 02, 2006
Backup and restore software vendor UltraBac is shipping version 3 of its UBDR
Gold package, adding the ability to restore files to a machine that is not physically
identical to the one the backup was performed on.
Other additions in UBDR Gold v3, which is short for UltraBac Disaster Recovery,
include expanded virtual machine restore support as well as an ability to perform
restores using online indexes.
UBDR Gold v3 can now restore files onto a machine with a different hardware
abstraction layer (HAL) and processor, or onto a multiprocessor system even
when the backup was taken from a single processor computer, according to a statement
by the Bellevue, Wash.-based firm.
This so-called "dissimilar hardware restore" capability can restore
the image of a failed server or workstation onto a wide variety of drives and
controllers, including SCSI, RAID, IDE, SATA, as well as PCI and EISA buses,
the company claims.
The new release also integrates tightly with Microsoft Virtual Server 2005
R2, enabling users to virtually restore a physical server. Restores can be 100
percent scripted or an administrator can boot from the universal UBDR Gold CD
and run the recovery wizard. No special setup is necessary when recovering to
a virtual environment.
Version 3.0 also supports restores from online indexes, letting administrators
to search backup indexes either locally or remotely. Particularly when restoring
from tape or other sequential media, the ability to use regular backup indexes
aims to cut the time needed to locate disk partitions and/or individual files
for disaster recovery.
UltraBac’s UBDR v3 starts at $995 per server.
Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.