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Unitrends Enables Hot Backups Of System Images

Unitrends on Tuesday unveiled a new version of its bare-metal restore software that allows the creation of system images while the server is working.

Bare-metal restore software, offered by a number of vendors, enables a server's operating system and system settings to be backed up. That allows a crashed server to be recovered quickly without the need to dig out the operating system CDs or re-enter system settings.

But traditional bare-metal restore applications, including those sold by Unitrends, require a server to be brought down for the operating-system image to be backed up, said Mark Phillippi, director of product management at Columbia, S.C.-based Unitrends. "You'd get a clean, pristine, bootable image, but customers don't want to take their system down," he said.

Unitrends' new Hot Bare Metal, on the other hand, allows the system image to be backed up without disrupting the server operation, Phillippi said. "Since you don't need to boot the unit to capture the image, you can capture the image anytime," he said.

Steve Wright, owner of Wright Business Technologies, a Houston-based solution provider that works with Unitrends' products, said his customers have been waiting for such a capability.

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