The core functionality of Storware Backup & Recovery is an agentless backup for multiple virtualization, container, cloud platforms, applications, and endpoints.
With snapshot-based backups, you don't have to install an agent inside VMs or customize your hypervisors.
Backups performed by Storware Backup & Recovery usually are crash-consistent, but you can enable application consistency or enhance the backup process with your own custom pre/post snapshot remote command execution.
Snapshots are exported from your virtualization platform and can be stored in the backup provider of your choice. You can use enterprise-grade backup providers, object storage, or just a file system as your target.
This means that Storware Backup & Recovery can act as a stand-alone solution or as a proxy to your existing storage or enterprise backup provider.
You also can periodically restore your VMs to verify if your backups are consistent.
With mounted backups, you can also restore individual files from your backups via a Web UI or directly from Storware Backup & Recovery Node.
Real disasters can sometimes happen - with Backup & Recovery you can configure your backups to be performed in one datacenter and - if necessary - restore them in a second datacenter.
Backup & Recovery can use replicated file systems or other built-in backup provider mechanisms to allow you to keep a copy in the secondary data center.
During DR, you can use Recovery Plans to restore multiple VMs to a predefined location.
Backups are usually quite an intensive operation. Snapshots have to be exported and stored, which usually means that you can't perform them too often. With Backup & Recovery, you can use Snapshot Management policies to periodically create additional snapshots on your VMs without the need to export them.
When you need to restore a VM to the most recent saved state, you can quickly revert to a snapshot that Storware Backup & Recovery has created for you.
There are many cases where VM-level backup may not be enough. Applications such as databases usually have their own mechanisms that guarantee consistent backups. As we are aware, in many situations you need to have the option to customize the backup process - therefore Backup & Recovery provides a generic mechanism for multiple scenarios.
You can prepare a custom script or invoke any backup command that produces backup artifacts (or just initiates the external backup process) on a remote host and stores backups to your backup provider.
With Application backup, you can extend your protection capabilities to:
- any remote applications with their own mechanisms
- hypervisor configuration
- files on remote hosts (physical, virtual, or containers)
- this includes shares, mounted object-storage buckets, LVM block devices, or virtually anything which can be presented as a file
- initiating external backup processes such as RMAN