While most in-house IT departments have some type of backup solution, there is a lot of dissatisfaction with the options they currently use. In November, we conducted a survey on THWACK, and heard from our customer base that:
Backups are too expensive, and managing them is too complex
Reliability of backups is an issue, requiring time-consuming manual checking
Managing and forecasting local storage requirements for backups is painful
SolarWinds Backup changes the game by bringing a simple, powerful, and affordable alternative to the market. It’s a modern, fully managed, cloud-first backup service, already chosen by thousands of managed service providers, now packaged for the enterprise and direct use by IT professionals.
It's tough to consume an entire product in a single blog post, so this inaugural posting will provide the highlights of our new hotness! In future posts, we'll follow up with more "How-To" guidance on specific topics and get you rapidly backing up your IT environment in minutes. If you are chomping at the bit, feel free to browse our new SolarWinds Backup forum on THWACK with the latest in release notes, documentation and step-by-step training videos.
There are two primary interfaces you'll find when you start your journey with SolarWinds Backup, and generally you should be able to use them without training or instruction. As you move into more advanced topics, we will provide you with the resources you need. On day 1, two parts are all you need to know to get started.
Deploy, monitor, report, manage users, create profiles, and remotely control all your backups from this unified, self-service console.
Part 2: Backup Manager (the agent)
The Backup Manager agent does all the heavy lifting on protected end-points (i.e., devices, servers, instances). The key functions of the agent are to scan data, find block level changes, deduplicate, compress, encrypt, optimize data file size for speed, and much more all behind the scenes.
UNDER THE HOOD
SolarWinds Backup includes a unique TrueDelta™ technology that tracks block-level changes between backups, so you only back up (or restore) what has changed – not the entire file. This keeps backup windows short, only transmits the minimal amount of changed data to be backed up over the network, and improves performance overall.
The SolarWinds Backup services were designed from the ground up for fast, efficient, remote backups. You can skip the hassles of configuring local and remote backups, storage provisioning, and storage capacity planning. Instead, your backups go safely to our global purpose-built private cloud, with backup windows measured typically in minutes, not hours. Manage your storage pool and capacity intuitively from the Console.
Encryption is built into our backup process. Backup data is encrypted at the source, stays encrypted while in transit, and while at rest.
Single, unified management console
Protect physical, virtual, and cloud servers, including all major operating systems and hypervisors, with a single product. One unified web-based dashboard shows you backup status at a glance, and frees you to check systems, and even do restores, from any location – even from your mobile device. Do you have the need for backing up workstations, laptops or just certain documents? Not a problem, as our solution covers these capabilities also!
Whether you need to recover an entire server or VM, an application, or just a portion of a file, SolarWinds Backup handles it.
Recover at WAN speed or LAN speed, using the optional Local SpeedVault™
Physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual recovery automates a full system restore to VMware vSphere® or Microsoft® Hyper-V®
Bare-metal recovery simplifies and reduces recovery time for Windows® servers, and can be used for migration to new hardware
Cloud recovery targets provide even more flexibility by allowing recovery to Microsoft® Azure®, or to any other virtual environment of your choice
Secure remote storage for your backup data, worldwide
SolarWinds Backup provides world-class storage for your backup data with around-the-clock security in our data centers located on four continents. For the Backup Services, our data centers’ certifications meet requirements for HIPAA compliance and similar legal and regulatory standards. The Backup Services are scalable and can grow with your business.
LICENSING AND ROI
Pricing for SolarWinds Backup is straightforward and based on an annual subscription with tiers based on the number of operating system instances (servers) being protected. Each tier includes a block of cloud storage, so there are no extra charges or hidden costs.
SolarWinds Backup is the simple, powerful, affordable option. The product’s simplicity and ease of management translate to even greater savings, as personnel do not need extensive training or certification. There is no need to buy expensive local storage to support backups, or even to pay for a separate contract for cloud provided storage. It’s all included.
File System / System State (Microsoft)
Windows Server® 2008/ 2008 R2/ 2012/ 2012 R2 & Windows SBS 2011, Windows Server 2016. Windows Vista/ 7/ 8.x/ 10
File System (GNU/Linux)
CentOS® 5/ 6/ 7, Debian® 5/6/ 7, OpenSUSE® 11/ 12
File System (Apple)
Mac® OS X® 10.9 Mavericks/ 10.10 Yosemite®/ 10.11 EL Capitan
Remotely protect network shares and Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices
Microsoft Exchange™ 2007/ 2010/ 2013/ 2016, MS SharePoint® 2007/ 2010/ 2013
Microsoft SQL Server® 2005/ 2008/ 2012/ 2014/ 2016, MySQL 5.0/ 5.1/ 5.5/ 5.6, Oracle® Database Standard Edition 11g for Windows
Open File Protection
Leverage Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Services (VSS) for open file and application aware backups
Pre/ Post Backup Scripts
Back up third-party application and databases through custom scripting
Backup Filters & Exclusions
Exclude specific extensions, files, paths, or volumes from File System and Network Share backups
Automate protection with multiple recurring backup schedules
Search and Restore
Individual files across all recovery points from Backup Manager (excluding VSS plugin)
Self Service Restores
Use Virtual Drive technology to present historic backup sessions as a browseable file system
Full application- and database-level restores
Use the Recovery Console to automatically create / update standby images or remote recovery copies of selected data
Physical to Virtual (Source)
Windows Vista®/ 7/ 8.x/ 10, Windows Server 2008/ 2008 R2/ 2012/ 2012 R2/ 2016 & Windows SBS 2011
Physical to Virtual (Virtual Disk Target)
Create (.VHD/X or .VMDK) files for use in the virtual environment of your choice
Physical to Virtual (Hypervisor Target)
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2/ 2012/ 2012 R2 (Hyper-V 2.0 and 3.0) VMware vSphere (ESXi) versions: 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5 and 6.0.
Physical to Virtual (Cloud Target)
Microsoft Azure is supported
Automated recovery with email confirmation and screenshots (VMware and Hyper-V)
Bare Metal Recovery (BMR)
Create bootable CD or USB media to recover systems without a reliable OS. Supports dissimilar hardware, dissimilar drives, single pass application recovery (VSS) and granular file / volume selections
Web-based Management Console
Single view to monitor and manage all resources from anywhere
SolarWinds solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base in the THWACK® online community.
More than 150,000 members are here to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly
contribute to our product development process.