StorServer Inc. released Version 4 of its Virtual Machine Backup (VMB) software this week, an upgrade that the company said offers faster full backup and archiving times within VMware virtual environments.
The new version of VMB includes support for using VMware’s Changed Block Tracking and allows direct copying between VMware and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager without an intervening proxy copy, according to StorServer. The faster backup and archive times are accomplished by using new VMware vStorage APIs to control the movement of data between disk storage and Tivoli Storage Manager pools. This eliminates the need to install backup client software on individual virtual machines, and the new VM backup software allows users to manage backup without expertise in Tivoli Storage Manager.
The upgraded software also offers a setting for non-quiesced snapshots, more-detailed client log messages and can successfully back up VMs with hidden partitions.
“The software is quick and easy to install, learn and use and takes just minutes a day to manage, making it an ideal solution for every midmarket IT manager and administrator who is backing up virtual environments,” said Bill Smoldt, president of STORServer, in a statement.