3X adds bare-metal restore to remote backup appliance

3X upgrades its "private cloud" SMB backup/DR appliances, adding bare metal restore, granular Exchange recovery and support for virtualized environments to the devices.

3X Systems upgraded its 500 and Tera Series of remote backup appliances for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) this week, adding bare-metal restore, granular Exchange recovery and support for virtualized environments in the 3.0 release.

The 500 Series protects up to 1 TB of raw storage and the Tera Series protects up to 4 TB. Each comes in either a cube

configuration or 1U rack mountable chassis. 3X bills its remote backup appliances as private cloud storage systems for backup and disaster recovery. They differ from public cloud backup because customers do not use service providers that charge monthly fees for data backup. Data from servers, laptops and workstations is backed up and restored over the Internet. Customers do a seed backup to an appliance in the data center, and only changed data is transmitted during subsequent backups.

Administrators and end users can recover data from a main console or through an interface from a remote location, 3X CEO Alan Arman said. Arman said the systems can protect from 50 to 300 clients.

"It's an automated appliance full backup and then you can move the appliance to a remote facility," he said. "You can offload data from the appliance to a USB device or network-attached storage."

The granular recovery for Microsoft Exchange 2010 allows administrators and end users to quickly recover individual mailboxes and calendar or contact information without having to recover the entire Exchange system. The devices support Microsoft, Oracle's virtualization platforms and VMware.

David Hill, analyst and founder of Mesabi Group, said what makes 3X Systems products important is that you can protect your data both at a central sites and offsite locations for disaster recovery purposes. "They are using the Internet and it makes things simplified," he said.

The 3X devices protect laptops, desktops, remote offices, virtualization and physical severs. "It's the breath of what it can do that makes this important," Hill added.

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