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Barracuda Introduces Barracuda Backup Version 5.4
By Mandira Srivastava, TMCnet Contributor
Many home and business users wisely choose to implement data backup and disaster recovery plans. Large enterprises usually implement sophisticated backup retention policies and off-site backups that are expensive and labor intensive. On the other hand, small businesses don’t have same requirements as their larger counterparts, so they turn to more affordable, albeit less sophisticated, backup solutions to protect their data. With the development of online backup services, it is now possible for organizations of all sizes to reap the benefits of robust retention policies and off-site storage, without the cost or complicated procedures.
In order to help companies see longer retention periods for backups without upgrading local appliances, Barracuda Networks (News - Alert) has released Barracuda Backup version 5.4 with extended cloud storage and support for local caches greater than 100TB.
Barracuda Backup has also integrated Cloud LiveBoot, which will enable virtual machines (VMs) to boot from the backup appliance or from the cloud in the event that access to local servers or primary storage is lost.
Barracuda Backup’s new extended cloud storage aims to provide administrators with flexibility and efficiency when it comes to storing critical business data.
Robert Amatruda, research director for data protection and recovery at IDC (News - Alert) said in statement, "The Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) market continues to experience strong growth due to customer demand for flexible, turnkey and cost-effective protection solutions. Barracuda's PBBA systems provide customers an innovative approach to solving their data protection needs."
The appliance is designed to deliver rapid, low-cost recovery directly from duplicated backups, without any special configuration, the company said.
Michael Barker, IT director at The Thomas Kinkade Company, added, “With Barracuda Backup’s extended cloud storage, we can support longer retention policies while reducing our overall cost and risk, and this added functionality increases the efficiency of our data protection and minimizes onsite caching of backups.”
Edited by Blaise McNamee