Nakivo just released a major release, version 9 of Backup and Replication. This is a major release, and as such, it introduces a major feature along with various improvements and fixes. Before we start talking about the new version, let’s go back in time for a little bit.
Not so long ago, something like 15 years ago, Symantec Backup was still a synonym for the affordable and reliable corporate backup product. While affordable was not affordable and reliable was not reliable, there were other, more expensive and more reliable solutions. When virtualization technology was introduced, old school vendors were very slow to introduce virtual backup solutions. Even when they released support for virtualization products, they released agents which relied on old technology which made virtual backup slow. The main reason that virtual backup was slow lies in the way agents did a backup. Essentially they used the same technology for backup as they did for backup of physical servers. Backup was slow, and while the backup was running, hosts got very slow as well affecting the performance of every virtual machine. At that time, some companies realized that virtual backup has potential, so they created a virtual-only backup. They created backup products that did one thing well, and that was backup of virtual infrastructure. When Symantec tried to follow, they had some issues with the proper solution; their solution was full of bugs, the market noticed. At that time, migration from physical to virtual was progressing at a record pace, so Symantec and other old school vendors lost their market share. And the rest is history.
Nakivo is one of the pioneers of virtual backup solutions. As such, it was in their interest to create a perfect virtual backup product. They supported major virtualization platforms and kept adding features so that now, virtual backup is almost perfect.
Unfortunately, many companies still run physical servers in their infrastructure. And most have valid reasons for doing so. One example of why would you run a physical server is licensing. Some database vendors are known to complicate when the database is run in the virtual environment, so it may be cheaper to run their product in the physical instance. To help those clients migrate from out of date backup solutions, Nakivo crafted a new feature capable of protecting physical MS Windows servers.
Nakivo Backup and replication 9, new features
Windows Server backup
When we talk about a backup, one of the very important features is called application-aware mode. Application-aware mode ensures consistency of all applications and databases (Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, MS SQL, Sharepoint, Oracle, etc…) running on Windows Server. Nakivo performs application-aware backup on virtual and physical servers, ensuring that backup can be restored no matter the platform.
One of the improvements that went into Windows Server Backup is incremental backups, that means that only unique block of data are copied to the backup repository. That functionality helps achieve faster backup performance and more efficient storage space consumption.
Besides, Nakico Backup & Replication can save even more time. Listen for this; Windows Server Backups are performed with the Network Acceleration enabled. To further optimize the use of storage space, Nakivo Backup and Replication makes use of built-in compression and global deduplication mechanisms. To make feature-complete Nakivo Backup & Replication can automatically delete Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL logs after a successful Windows Server backup. Having these features will lower your storage requirements even further.
What about security? When you select Nakivo Backup and Replication 9 for Windows Server backup, you can be safe from unauthorized access. Windows Server backup can be encrypted in-flight and in rest, which ensures that sensitive data you have is safe during and after a backup job.
Physical to virtual P2V
Another feature that is welcome to many users is the advanced Physical to Virtual functionality (P2V). By having this feature, you can recover physical machines to VMware and Hyper-V. Having this functionality in place, you can be safe knowing that you will be able to recover business-critical parts of your infrastructure instantly.
Hyper-V 2019 Support
If your virtualization of choice is Hyper-V, then you can plan the upgrade to the latest release as Nakivo Backup & Replication 9 brings support for the newest Hyper-V release and take advantage of the latest Hyper-V features.
NAKIVO Data Protection Solution for NEC HYDRAstor
Nakivo has joined forces with NEC to create enterprise-grade data protection for VMware, Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV, AWS EC2, and Windows servers. Part of that solution is NEC HYDRAstor’s deduplication technology solves the problem of ever-increasing backup storage requirements, the other part is Nakivo Backup & Replication which take care of protecting your backup. When you select that solution you can expect to decrease the size of your backup by up to 95% and ensure the decrease in the size of the backup by up to 95% all by ensuring complete data protection for your environment all while significantly lowering data protection cost.
With the latest release, Nakivo Backup & Replication completed a cycle, started with the virtualization only backup product. Nakivo has grown up into the complete enterprise-ready product which can protect the entire infrastructure, ranging from virtualization to physical infrastructure. Companies who have been using separate products, perhaps even the same physical products that were run over by time, can finally modernize their physical backup solution and improve backup size performance when using NEC HYDRAstor solution. You can try the latest release and see if you can replace old technology for the latest and greatest. One of the benefits I noticed with Nakivo is that the various discounts recently, so I recommend you visit their site to see what promotions are currently active.