In December 2014, Unitrends announced the full availability of Unitrends Release 8.0, the latest version of software from Unitrends that powers their Unified Data Protection physical and virtual backup and recovery appliances. This release prompted major upgrades to both the Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB) and Recovery-Series physical appliances.
Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB) delivers physical and virtual data protection in one solution that easily deploys as a virtual appliance in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments and extends coverage from on-location to a second site or cloud environment. The Unitrends Recovery-Series of hardware appliances offers both rackmount and desktop backup appliances that provide unified data protection for virtual and physical environments, including instant and disaster recovery, backup, and archiving.
One new enhancement of Unitrends 8.0 is physical protection for large-scale deployments. By further integrating and extending broad protection with EMC and NetApp NAS devices through file-level methods, Unitrends 8.0 provides large enterprise customers with more flexibility and simplified backup management. New support for Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) backups also helps organizations improve performance, scalability, and ease-of-use through tighter integration with NAS storage.
Unitrends Bridge technology provides a single-click physical to virtual transformation that allows users to leverage an existing VMware infrastructure, Hyper-V infrastructure, and/or the Unitrends Recovery-Series appliance to spin up physical systems and virtual machines after the event of a failure or planned migration. The Bridge technology can now be used for instant recovery of Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs) to a different Hyper-V host or recovered from offsite replicated backups.
With the release of Unitrends 8.0, Hyper-V Server 2012 and higher can now run VMs from SMB 3.0 shares. Unitrends can protect these at the Host level and eliminates the need to manage agents for every VM. For those protecting Microsoft SQL Server, an improved scalability performance of up to 66% in SQL Server environments can be seen as well as improved data deduplication with up to 30% enhanced retention. Replication performance has also increased up to 40% and improvements made to Adaptive Deduplication technology give a 40% greater retention than the previous version of the software.