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Unitrends Recovery Series

Unitrends Recovery Series backup appliances ranked high in ease of use and manageability to take Products of the Year gold.

Gold winner in the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com 2016 Products of the Year Backup Hardware category.

Though the Unitrends Recovery Series backup appliance, with its tiered flash storage, earned gold in the backup hardware category this year, the vendor began selling integrated appliances in 2003, long before the notion became popular.

Unitrends Recovery Series meets the category definition for its scalable family of high-performance appliances that offer end-to-end data protection and instant recovery. Judges ranked the product line high in ease of integration into the environment, as well as ease of use, manageability and functionality.

The appliances offer 1 TB to 182 TB of raw capacity, 8 GB to 256 GB of memory and two to 16 CPU cores. The appliances include a flash tier to improve backup performance and speed up recovery. The company first added flash to its Recovery Series in the enterprise-level appliances back in January 2015, an innovative step for backup appliance hardware at the time.

Unitrends Recovery Series appliances use small amounts of flash to improve performance. Along with the flash injection, the latest version of its appliances include a redesigned user interface that provides a dashboard view for managing backups, Recovery Assurance testing of backup, archive and replication data on physical Windows hardware, and RESTful APIs for integration with customer applications.

The product line also has built-in, adaptive deduplication that maximizes the use of backup storage. Unitrends Recovery Series bundles deduplication at no extra cost in the all-in-one appliance. It offers an optional pledge support plan for free hardware for life, with a free replacement appliance upgrade every four years.

Unitrends Recovery Series

Judges found the Unitrends Recovery Series to be a solid product backup appliance line, giving it high scores for price and the updated user interface.

"A good story at a very good price," one judge said.

Another added, "The key innovation was the update to the UI. It's better than most of their competitors now."

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This was last published in February 2017

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Congrats Unitrends!
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Unitrends is leading in back and recovery. Well deserved!
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Proud to have been involved with what Unitrends has accomplished over the years. Follow us, I can't wait to see what's next!
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Congrats Unitrends! great innovation and simplicity to solve backup complexity
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Proud to be a member of the Unitrends Team! Looking forward to many more years in the Gold!
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Glad to be apart of such an awesome team. 
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WOOHOO!!
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Way to go Unitrends!
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Good job Unitrends! 
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Congrats to Unitrends.
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Way to go Unitrends!
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Very proud and excited to be a part of the Unitrends Team! To see what we do next, follow us...
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Go Unitrends! 98% Customer satisfaction.
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This is another in a long history of industry awards for Unitrends. Exciting times for a company that has been shipping all-in-one, purpose-built backup and continuity appliances for more than 14 years. Congratulations to the entire Unitrends team.
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I used Unitrends and like the way things are organized, yet I'd like to see more granular control of backups
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Unitrends' innovations in integrated appliances, since 2003, is impressive!
http://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/feature/Unitrends-Recovery-Series
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Keep up the good work Unitrends!
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Congrats Unitrends
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Well done, Unitrends
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Congrats Unitrends!
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Goliath better watch out, Unitrends is winning the product development war. Congrats.
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Congratulations Unitrends. Keep it up.
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With so many pay-for-play analysts out there, TechTarget's recognition of Unitrends in the hybrid cloud PBBA (Purpose Built Backup Appliance) space is really special.  Thank you TechTarget.
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Congratulations Unitrends!
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Can't touch them! Congrats Unitrends
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Been using them for about a year now - support has been fantastic and the product has been a set-it-and-forget-it type deal
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Love the UniTrends...
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Congrats Unitrends! 
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I can only agree with all the praises, Unitrends Recovery Series are awesome appliances that just work. Congratulations!
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Excited to be a part of something great!
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Features, functionality and reliability and performance. Nice.
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What an exciting time for Unitrends. A true feel good story!
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The post, IMHO, doesn't really sell how great some of these features are -- for example backup assurance. It is literally a game changer when reporting up to my managers/owners that we've tested backups recently, and have proof that they are good.
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Congratulations, Unitrends, well-deserved!
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Proud of the Unitrends team!
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What are some of the next improvements to the Recovery Series that Unitrends should integrate in its next version?
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Love our Unitrends systems, highly recommended
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Unitrends is reliable and easy to use. You can't take chances on Back Up and Recovery....Unitrends is tried and true.
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So proud to be part of such an amazing company and technology success!
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Flash recovery is going to be a gamechanger
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Well deserved. Unitrends is a great company with fantabulous products!
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Congratiulations Unitrends. Looking forward for the new version.
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Proud to be a part of the Unitrends Team!!! 
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Definitely moving in the right direction.  Keep up the innovation.
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Well deserved
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have had a Unitrends appliance for several years now and love it. I have never been disappointed and am so glad to be off tape storage. Look forward to updating to the new UI on my next iteration. Soon I hope.
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Sweet!
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Congrats
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Great Job Unitrends.
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Way to Go!
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You think Unitrends is good now...wait until v10 comes out.
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