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WHAT WE OFFER

SBAdmin provides the most flexible bare-metal recovery solution for Linux and Unix Systems.


HOW WE DO IT

More than just a backup utility, SBAdmin is a complete backup management solution.

  • BARE-METAL RECOVERY
  • VIRTUAL MACHINES
  • PROVISIONING/CLONING
  • PHYSICAL TO VIRTUAL (P2V)

BARE-METAL RECOVERY

BARRIERS TO A TIMELY SYSTEM RECOVERY

Your bare-metal disaster recovery plan today may be to re-install the operating system from the original media or generic provisioning image, apply patches, install third-party applications, reconfigure applications, and then restore the system's data. This can be very time consuming, inefficient, costly, and prone to error if you are unable to restore the system exactly as it was before. If your plan is a disk-image backup product, you are restricted to the using the exact same hardware during the recovery process. Often, a duplicate of the original hardware is not available when disaster strikes.

SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF LENGTHY DOWNTIME

SBAdmin is designed to provide bare-metal recovery for AIX, Linux, and Solaris systems in their entirety, quickly and reliably so that you are able to resume operations with minimal downtime and effort. SBAdmin will do so in such a manner that you may restore the system to the same, similar, or completely different hardware using what we call Adaptable System Recovery (ASR). With ASR, you do not need to worry about keeping identical hardware available in case of a disaster. Your offsite recovery plan can be simplified by restoring production systems onto whatever hardware (physical or virtual) is readily available.

ADAPTABLE SYSTEM RECOVERY FOR VIRTUAL MACHINES

SNAPSHOTS VS. FILE-LEVEL BACKUPS

Recovery of Linux Virtual Machines (VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, Xen, OpenStack KVM, etc), would seem to be an easy task. Just take a snapshot of the Virtual Machine (VM) and backup the file that contains the entire system. That sounds great in theory, but in practice this can cause a lot of unforeseen problems with speed and storage. When you back up a snapshot of a VM, you are creating a copy of the entire disk (empty space and all). These disk images are large binary files that can only be used to recover the entire system and not individual file restores.

Snapshots: Slower Recovery, Wasted Storage


Since snapshots are all-or-nothing, you have to spend hours backing up the entire system image even though you may only want the OS portion of it. During recovery, you could be wasting valuable time restoring the entire image back to your VM host just to turn around and overwrite terabytes of user data from more recent file-level backups. When creating a backup plan, you will want to keep some backups local and send some to offsite storage for Disaster Recovery purposes. Most admins will also keep a few copies of the backups locally just in case. So now that there are two different backups of the entire system (which include empty disk space), your storage requirements may have just doubled or even tripled.

 

SBAdmin Fast Backup & Recovery, File-Level Deduplication

Our file-level backups can be tailored to your needs by allowing you to include only the OS or by excluding certain data. Selectively limiting the data can make for a very fast backup and recovery window. Many customers have stated they reduced their backup and recovery windows from 4 hours to less than 5 minutes. Although there are ways to minimize snapshot image backups through block-level de-duplication, you’re still forced to create a backup of the entire disk image with a snapshot backup product. With SBAdmin, you can select to just back up the files you want and with our incremental and/or differential backup features, you can reduce your storage needs to a fraction of a VM snapshot strategy

TAKE THE RISK OUT OF RECOVERY

DR plans are much better on paper. When an actual outage occurs, the unpredictable and unanticipated always seem to occur. Are you 100% sure that disk image you copied off is going to work? With SBAdmin, you can restore the system exactly as before or to whatever hardware or VM environment that is handy at the time. Why take the risk?

PROVISIONING/CLONING

 

CLONING VS. KICKSTART, AUTOMATED INSTALLER OR NIM

Installing your system from scratch has improved from the days of inserting multiple CD's and answering numerous questions. But, no vendor can predict exactly how you want to tailor your production systems. This often leads to writing post install scripts, applying additional patches after the install and removing packages that the vendor assumed you needed. With SBAdmin, you can take a full system backup of an AIX, Linux, or Solaris production system and create a "golden image" that you can then used to provision out multiple systems.

 

ADAPTABLE PROVISIONING WITH ASR

Unlike a typical disk image, SBAdmin's process of backing up the system as files allows for changes in hardware and storage configurations during installs. By using SBAdmin's Adaptable System Recovery (ASR), you will be able to clone the system onto the same or dissimilar physical hardware and even different virtualized environments. No longer will you have to keep separate install images for VMs and for different hardware types. Our no-prompt install options allow you to boot and provision systems over the network without user intervention. SBAdmin also ensures that the network configurations are updated on the cloned system to prevent conflicts upon reboot - no need to change the hostname and IP address!

Advanced Provisioning/Cloning Features

  • Provision multiple systems simultaneously
  • Clone onto same or dissimilar hardware
  • Reconfigure network settings to avoid conflicts
  • Clone over the network or from a local device
  • No-prompt installation requiring no intervention

PHYSICAL TO VIRTUAL (P2V)

SERVER CONSOLIDATION MADE EASY

When planning for server consolidation, many make the mistake of reinstalling their production systems from scratch into the virtual environment. Then attempt to replicate the many configuration changes and previously applied patches necessary to get the system to match the current physical system. This method can be very time consuming and prone to error. With Storix System Backup Administrator (SBAdmin), you can create a provisionable backup of the entire system, and reinstall into your virtual environment.

SBAdmin provides Adaptable System Recovery (ASR), which records your AIX, Linux, or Solaris system configuration in the backup, then compares that with your newly detected virtual environment and adapts to any change. Migrating AIX systems to LPARS, Solaris to LDOMs or VirtualBox, Linux systems to VMware, KVM or XenServer has never been easier.

DON'T GET "LOCKED IN"

Virtualization vendors will hail the benefits of moving from physical to virtualized systems. However, most fail to leave out the fact that once a system has been virtualized using their products, it is very difficult to change to a different vendor or move back to physical hardware. Now that you are under contract, you are essentially "locked in" to a virtualization vendor. Just as easily as SBAdmin can move your production system from physical to virtual (P2V), the same process of Adaptable System Recovery (ASR), can be used to migrate back to physical hardware (V2P) or to a different virtualization technology (V2V). With SBAdmin, you can be sure that your systems are not only backed up in case of disaster, but can be re-deployed onto most virtualization technologies or back to physical hardware if necessary.

SBAdmin supports migrating to and from:

  • VMware
  • Citrix XenServer
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV)
  • KVM and Oracle VM Server
  • Logical Partitions (LPARS) and Logical Domains (Ldoms)

 

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