Unitrends unveils all-in-one appliance

By Ann Silverthorn

—Unitrends this week released its Data Protection and Rapid Recovery 3.0 appliance and a new Multi-Drive Archive device. The appliance-based backup, recovery, and archiving solutions include bare-metal recovery, disk-based backup and retention, and electronic off-site vaulting.

Additions to Data Protection and Rapid Recovery 3.0 include centralized monitoring and reporting and support for more than 20 operating systems, including VMware. The GUI allows administrators to track the performance of all system devices.

Data Protection and Rapid Recovery restores operating systems, applications, and data. Operating-system recovery includes all passwords and settings. Applications can be recovered to an operational level, and data can be recovered to a specific point in time.

Point-in-time restoration does not require that the new hardware be identical to the old. Unitrends provides drivers for Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and VMware platforms, but users can add drivers during the recovery process.

The new version of Data Protection and Rapid Recovery 3.0 supports remote vaulting to allow block-level data to be transported from Unitrends' Data Protection Unit (DPU) to a Data Protection Vault (DPV), which is an additional drive on the DPU.

The DPU stores seven to thirty days of backups, and pricing is based on capacity and the number of days' worth of data stored. Data older than 30 days can be migrated to Unitrends' Multi-Drive Archive System, which can be located a remote site.

The Multi-Drive Archive System offers removable disk-based archiving for 6TB to 10TB of compressed data per disk set. Supported by Data Protection and Rapid Recovery 3.0, the Multi-Drive Archive appliance has up to four 750GB SATA drives per archive.

The 1U archive appliance offers RAID 5 and can be connected to a DPU. Data is compressed, but not encrypted. The company plans to add encryption by year-end.
Pricing starts at $4,600. A larger system with up to 325GB is priced at $8,600, and a 3.5TB system costs approximately $78,000.

This article was originally published on April 27, 2007