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April 22, 2010

StorageCraft upgrades backup & disaster recovery software

by Janet Harris

StorageCraft UK (www.storagecraft.co.uk), a provider of innovative disk-based backup, disaster recovery, system migration, data protection and security solutions for servers, desktops and laptops, today released StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop™ 4.0.

The newest version in the ShadowProtect™ line of award-winning backup, disaster recovery and system migration technology addresses the need to protect business assets – the data that resides on desktops and laptops throughout an enterprise – and improves virtualization technology while centralizing management of desktop backups throughout an enterprise.

ShadowProtect Desktop 4.0 includes several recovery options that allow you to improve business continuity by reducing the time desktops and laptops are offline.

ShadowProtect gives you the flexibility of choosing granular recovery of files and folders or full bare metal recovery of a system in a matter of minutes.

Hardware Independent Restore™ (HIR) technology makes it quick and easy to recover to the same system, to dissimilar hardware or to and from virtual environments.

ShadowProtect’s HIR feature also makes system migration to new desktops or consolidation to virtual environments a straightforward process.

“Today’s business world is very decentralised as many workers rely on laptops as their sole computing environment,” said Deni Connor, principal analyst with Storage Strategies NOW, a research firm focusing on storage technologies.

“Some small businesses conduct all business from desktops and laptops, choosing not to centralize their data to a server environment.

“Businesses need a solution, such as ShadowProtect Desktop, which can automate backups and restore systems very quickly in the event of a lost laptop, a drive failure on a desktop or some other disaster.”

Flexible Recovery
ShadowProtect Desktop 4.0 gives you several recovery options – bare metal recovery, recovery to dissimilar hardware and recovery to and from virtual environments for complete system restores – or simple granular recovery of files and folders in a matter of seconds.

ShadowProtect Desktop also improves on its virtualized technology features such as Hardware Independent Restore with new VirtualBoot™ technology to give administrators the ability to boot any ShadowProtect backup image into a virtual machine using Sun VirtualBox.

The backup image file can be booted into a .VMDK or .VHD format. In addition, ShadowProtect Desktop 4.0 can convert any ShadowProtect backup image into a virtual machine without the need to use any third-party technology.

“VirtualBoot is an amazingly quick way to failover to a virtual machine,” said Brandon Nordquist, vice president of product management at StorageCraft.

“There are several kinds of scenarios where VirtualBoot technology can be very helpful, including testing new applications, booting obsolete operating systems or recovering files from old systems.”

Backup Management
ShadowProtect Desktop 4.0 includes additional features which make it simpler to manage desktop and laptop backups across your system.

ShadowProtect Desktop 4.0 includes a management console, at no additional cost, that allows IT Administrators to push install ShadowProtect simultaneously to multiple desktops and laptops, group machines, import or export node information or check the status of ShadowProtect backups.

ShadowProtect ImageManager™ allows administrators to verify and re-verify ShadowProtect backup image files as well as consolidate backup image files to minimize storage usage and streamline management. ShadowProtect ImageManager is also included at no additional cost.

Additional Features
ShadowProtect Desktop 4.0 also includes Resume on Interruption – the ability to continue a restore, even after it’s been halted by a power failure or other disruption. In addition, it has an updated user interface.

ShadowProtect Desktop 4.0 includes the following features:

· Hardware Independent Restore (HIR)

· Bare metal recovery

· Granular recovery of files and folders in moments

· Resume on interruption

· Central management console

· VirtualBoot

· Virtual converter

· ShadowProtect ImageManager

· Image verification and re-verification

· Image consolidation

Pricing and Availability

ShadowProtect Desktop is available from authorized StorageCraft resellers. Volume discounts are available.



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