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End of the year updates invigorate cloud backup and recovery market

A busy year in the cloud backup and recovery services market ends with CloudBerry Lab, Axcient and iland making upgrades to their lineup.

Cloud backup and recovery revved up in 2014, and there was a burst of data protection service upgrades at the end of the year.

CloudBerry Lab, Axcient Inc. and iland Internet Solutions in December upgraded their services with new capabilities designed to build a more mature process for cloud-based backup and recovery. Cloudberry launched CloudBerry Backup 4.0, Axcient released the latest version of its Business Recovery Cloud and cloud infrastructure provider iland unveiled an enterprise cloud services portal.

All three cloud service providers are building out software tools for cloud-based backup and recovery.

John Morency, research vice president of ITL systems, security and risk at Gartner Inc., said in 2014 the research firm picked up a 60 percent increase in inquiries for recovery continuity related to the cloud.

"It was a huge uptick compared to previous years," he said.

Cloudberry Backup now supports Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure

Cloudberry Lab, a backup and management vendor for cloud storage services, announced that its CloudBerry Backup software that supports block-level backup now supports Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. It already supported Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, HP Helion, OpenStack and Rackspace.

Other new features in CloudBerry Backup include the ability to analyze source files and back up only new block-level changes. It also added block-level backup for bare metal restore (BMR) and System State backups. CloudBerry Backup does multithreading, so files can be transferred in parallel threads for faster retrieves and restores.

Axcient released the latest version of its Business Recovery Cloud, which now allows IT export server image replications as a Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) file for physical and virtual machines. This makes for faster data recovery and migration of physical and virtual snapshots.

"Without VMDK, we did a similar process to BMR. Now with VMDK, it is a faster process," said Daniel Kuperman, Axcient's director of product marketing. "We are focusing on faster recovery. In the future, we are going to focus on faster recovery for larger data sets."

Axcient also supports drag-and-drop recovery via Windows Explorer, allowing customers to restore more than 50 GB of data at once to a target device. The software now also supports instant recovery systems from any point-in-time snapshot locally or in the cloud. Previously, the software could restore only from the snapshot.

Cloud service provider iland's Enterprise Cloud Services (ECS) portal has been integrated with disaster recovery capabilities, action-oriented alerting and richer management features. The ECS portal is based on Zerto technology.

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Cloud recovery and backup should continue to grow and mature as cloud-based solutions do. Personally use CloudBerry Backup for OpenStack and the results are good.
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