Virtual Backup Appliances Get a Personality in Eversync 5.1

By February 4, 2013 Eversync No Comments

Virtual backup appliances (VBAs) are the new hot ticket in backup. Providing an economical alternative to physical backup appliances, they are finding a new home as the preferred solution to backup branch, remote and small offices as well as serving as a replication target. But to fulfill these different roles results in the need for VBAs to take on their own personalities. The new Virtual Backup Software in Eversync 5.1 gives organizations access to a solution they have long sought: simplified backup and replication.

VBAs are rapidly becoming one of the hottest new trends in data protection. As more branch, remote and small offices partially or fully virtualize their environments VBAs provide a quick and easy way to deploy a fully configured backup solution without the need to acquire a physical backup appliance. Thus it only makes sense that long time backup appliance providers like Eversync now make a VBA available in addition to its existing physical backup appliances.

Providing almost all of the same enterprise-class features as its physical backup appliances, the Eversync VBA capitalizes on the excess server and storage capacity that often exists in the virtualized environments of these size offices. Further, the Eversync VBA is based on a full-featured backup solution that protects both virtual and physical environments (if they still have physical machines in place.) Using it they can protect their entire environment without needing to acquire the new hardware associated with a physical appliance or finding a place to put it.

Yet what really differentiates the Eversync VBA is the flexibility that it gives to assign specific personalities to its VBAs. VBAs usually function in one of three roles:

  • Backup a single small to midsized business office

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  • Protects a remote or branch office and then replicates the data back to a central office (or vice versa)


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  • Resides in a second site and acts as a replication target for the primary site

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In these various configurations, organizations may configure an Eversync VBA to assume the personality of either a primary appliance (displayed as an “E” in these graphics) that performs backups and replicates data or a secondary appliance (displayed as an “E1″ in these graphics) that acts as a replication target.

Once the VBA takes on its personality, it pairs up with the other appliance to share an encrypted link between them as data is replicated.  (The secondary personality is not needed when the Eversync VBA backs up a small office with no secondary site is available as illustrated in the first use case.) The VBA pairs are managed by a single web-based user interface that gives organizations this option to assign its VBA these personality types expedites and simplifies the setup, configuration and management of offsite replication.

The Eversync VBA also works with its physical backup appliance. Since its physical backup appliance can create and host multiple VBAs (as illustrated in the second use case above,) organizations can deploy Eversync VBAs at remote and branch offices and then replicate backup data from any of these offices back to its partner VBA residing on the physical Eversync backup appliance in the main office to consolidate and centralize backup.

Eversync has taken the startling step of deploying their VBA under a capacity-based subscription licensing model to make the solution affordable to a wide range of mid-market customers. The Eversync VBA is available with a Basic 2TB, a Mid-Range 3TB, an Enterprise 5TB, and an Enterprise Plus 10TB licensing option.

The Enterprise and Enterprise Plus options include replication and ship as a pair of VBAs. These configurations are respectively available for $190, $240, $420 and $800 per month which include all Eversync backup features and ongoing support and maintenance (though the “Basic” or 2TB option does lack some add-on backup agents.)

IT infrastructures are going virtual so it only makes sense that backup appliances are doing the same. But as this occurs, organizations want to do more than take their backup appliances virtual. They also want to solve their longstanding issues of easily getting data offsite and putting a DR solution in place.

Using the new personality feature in Eversync 5.1, organizations get the flexibility to deploy both backup and replication without the cost or hassle. Eversync’s VBA feature in its 5.1 release frees organizations to take advantage of the excess capacity that they already have, do so a price point that fits their budget and put in place a viable backup and replication solution unlike anything that they have had access to before.

Jerome M. Wendt

About Jerome M. Wendt

President & Lead Analyst of DCIG, Inc. Jerome Wendt is the President and Lead Analyst of DCIG Inc., an independent storage analyst and consulting firm. Mr. Wendt founded the company in September 2006.

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