So, I am a little late to the party, but I just found Unitrends new Free Backup offering. Launched in May, the new backup offering is distributed as a virtual appliance and has a 1TB protected limit, but is otherwise free and clear for you to use. This is a perfect backup for your home lab or even many small customers virtualization deployments.
Since the backup is metered by protected space, there are no limits the number of VM or CPU’s that can be protected. Backups are incremental forever, there is cloud integration with Amazon and Google, automated scheduling and instant VM recovery. As I’ve written before, the restore is what is most important in a backup strategy. The free backup is virtualization focused with support for VMware and Hyper-V.
As for system requirements, the backup appliance needs:
- A minimum of 2 virtual processors (CPUs)
- A minimum of 4 GB of RAM
- 90 GB of space for the VM’s initial disk
- At least 128 GB of attached virtual disk backup storage
To find out more, head over to http://www.unitrends.com/products/unitrends-free-backup-software.
Unitrends is known for its appliance based backup technology, but with the merger with PHDVirtual a couple years ago, Unitrends has a complete lineup for virtualization to physical backup. They’ve grown a lot since being founded here in Myrtle Beach. Currently headquartered in Burlington, MA, the company has been a pioneer in disk to disk backup.