We’ve spoken at length about Unitrends Enterprise Backup(TM); what we haven’t talked about is what powers it – release 6.3 for both our Recovery-series of appliances and our software-only solution. Release 6.3 will be shipped later this month (June, 2012.) It’s a huge release – so huge that we wondered whether we should call it release 7 – however, release 7 is in September and it has even more features/functions – so we stayed with our naming conventions.

Here’s the second part (part 1 is here) of a series on what’s new in release 6.3.

  • Menu simplification. The available menu options have been simplified. “Tools” and “Configuration” have been replaced with a single “Settings” menu item and underlying groupings. Navigation within the “Settings” subsystem is available not only via iconic selection and cancel/close but also via a hyperlink-based breadcrumb scheme in the top panel.
  • Hyper-V incremental forever. The incremental forever backup strategy with dynamic synthetic creation which is now available for Hyper-V.
  • Hyper-V FLR (File Level Recovery). Point-in-time granular file-level recovery is now available for Hyper-V (it was previously available only for VMware.)
  • VMware incremental forever. The incremental forever backup strategy with dynamic synthetic creation which is now available for VMware.
  • VMware backup of NFS data stores. Unitrends uses the VMware API for Data Protection interface for HOS (Host Operating System) VMware backup (note: backup of physical systems can also be done on a GOS (Guest Operating System) basis.) This feature allows host-level protection to be performed of data stores that are resident on NFS, i.e., the VMDK representing the virtual machine resides on an NFS share.
  • Archive file-level search. Advanced archive file-level search is now available across our tertiary backup. What this means for our users is that in our D2D2x (Disk-to-Disk-to-Any), archive filelevel search is now available across disk, tape, NAS, SAN, and replicated NAS or SAN.
  • Active Directory authentication. Our data protection systems have self-contained and independent authentication mechanisms; this feature allows our systems to use the existing Active Directory credentials in a Windows environment for authentication into our data protection systems.
  • Protection of SQL Server 2012. In addition to our support for previous versions of SQL Server, we now offer native support of SQL Server 2012 for both physical and virtual environments.
  • Protection of Redhat Enterprise Linux 6.2. In addition to our support for previous versions of RHEL (Redhat Enterprise Linux), we now offer native support of RHEL 6.2 for both physical and virtual environments including bare metal support.
  • Protection of IBM AIX 7.1. In addition to our support for previous versions of IBM AIX, we now offer native support of IBM AIX 7.1 for both physical and virtual environments including bare metal support.
  • Protection of Oracle Solaris 11. In addition to our support for previous versions of Oracle Solaris, we now offer native support of Oracle Solaris 11 for both physical and virtual environments including bare metal support.
  • Protection of Novell OES 11. In addition to our support for previous versions of Novell OES, we now offer native support of Novell OES 11 for both physical and virtual environments including bare metal support.

And parts 1 and part 2 (this part) are ONLY the common features. In part 3, we’ll talk about the new features exclusively offered for Unitrends Enterprise Backup(TM) and the Recovery-series of physical appliances.