Robobak offers thin option for Exchange backups

By Kevin Komiega

December 4, 2008 -- Remote and branch office backup specialist Robobak is set to launch version 9 of its flagship Data Protection Suite software with a host of upgrades, including an option capable of cutting the backup window for full remote backups of Microsoft Exchange databases by as much as 90%.

Version 9 of the platform offers a feature called Thin Backup Option for Exchange (TBO-E) that cuts the time needed for full Exchange backups to minutes, while minimizing bandwidth requirements, according to company officials. The software performs "incremental forever" backups combined with de-duplication and compression to reduce total data load and time.  It also gives users the ability to perform data recovery operations through on-demand synthetic full restores.

Robobak's president and CEO, Ron Roberts, says traditional "fat" backups require significant bandwidth and extended backup windows. However, he says, the TBO-E tracks incremental changes to the Exchange database, takes the processing time for Exchange backups down to less than one minute, and reduces network traffic.

Also new to version 9 of Robobak's software is an "instant backup" feature, which instantaneously discovers changes on the host or networked machine and accelerates backups. There is also an "instant restore" feature that adds a search engine index to its server software to speed the time it takes to locate files.

In addition, Robobak has added connection monitoring to the platform to allow credentialed administrators to view real-time activity for their backup server.

According to Roberts, the company will expand its use of thin backup over time by applying the technology to a wider set of application data. Microsoft SQL Server is the next logical candidate for the TBO, followed by databases including Oracle and IBM DB2.

Robobak's Data Protection Suite version 9 will be available in early 2009 through the company's channel of resellers and managed service providers.

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This article was originally published on December 05, 2008