PHD Virtual Backup v6.1 Enhancements

The video below gives a good overview of some of the new features and enhancements included with the latet release of PHD Virtual Backup 6.1. The new version is planned to be released December 3th 2012. New features and enhancements: Rollback Recovery PHD Instant Recovery for Full/Incremental Backup Mode Reporting Enhancements Job Copy To find …

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in the test: PHD Virtual Backup version 6.0

download-a-free-trial-imgPHD is releasing it’s version 6.0 of their flagship PHD Virtual Backup early September 2012. Version 6.0 contains 5 Major enhancements to set a New Standard for Value, Performance, and Ease of Use in protecting your virtual environment. Those major changes are worth to take a closer look:

What’s New in v6.0

Instant VM Recovery

Instant VM Recovery allows a user to make an application available as quickly as possible in the event of a failure, without the need for additional infrastructure or having to wait for a more time consuming restore process.

If your environment is not licensed for Storage vMotion or that process simply takes too long to get data back to the production storage, users can leverage PHD Motion. PHD Motion does not require any special vSphere licensing. It leverages all the great things about the PHD full VM restore. When the user is ready to switch the running VM to the production storage, they simply perform a very small, planned downtime window to commit the changes from the temporary location to production storage and switch the VM over to the production data.

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In the test: PHD Virtual Backup for VMware v5.4

I was asked to review the new release of PHD Virtual Backup for VMware. PHD Virtual is not a new company to me. I evaluated their backup solution back when it was called esXpress in the ESX3.x days.

My Environment

My lab environment consist of 2 HP XW9400 Workstations each equipped with both 2 AMD CPU’s and 16 GB of RAM. Both servers connect with 2x 1Gb Ethernet to my QNAP 4 SATA disks running shared iSCSI storage . Obviously things would perform a bit nicer in a production environment but this is what I have to work with for the time being. Also, PHD supports an architecture that utilizes multiple appliances in order to improve performance and scalability, however my tests were done utilizing a single appliance. Certainly go and get yourself a copy of PHD Virtual Backup and try it in your own environment to see its’ full potential.

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