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Barracuda Backup upgrade adds cloud backup for Office 365

Barracuda joins vendors such as EMC Spanning, Druva, and Asigra in protecting Microsoft Exchange, OneDrive apps with Barracuda Backup 6.1.

Barracuda Networks has added support for cloud-to-cloud backup, beginning with protection of Microsoft Office 365.

Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup will be offered as part of Barracuda Backup software, beginning with version 6.1 due in July. The vendor plans to add backup for other Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings along with Microsoft 365 in future releases.

The first version of Cloud-to-Cloud Backup replicates message-level backups for Microsoft Exchange Online and file-based OneDrive for Business storage directly to Barracuda Cloud Storage. Customers can restore data when necessary through the Barracuda Cloud Control interface, either to the original file within an application or to an alternate file folder.

"We started with Office 365 because we have a lot of customers migrating to it. This release is a steppingstone for us to start protecting cloud-based applications and cloud-based data. We expect to add more platforms," said Tony Liau, a Barracuda senior product marketing manager.

Other endpoint backup vendors have provided backup for Google Apps and software as a service platforms for a while, but Office 365 is gaining momentum. Druva and Datto/Backupify this week also added cloud-to-cloud backup for Office 365.

 "This is a greenfield opportunity for Barracuda. Its competitors include Axcient, Unitrends, eVault, Vembu, Zetta and Intronis. Most of those guys don't yet support Office 365," said Dave Simpson, a senior analyst at 451 Research.

Barracuda Backup is part of the vendor's Data Protection Plus package of backup products, including Barracuda Message Archiver software, Copy Site Server file-sharing appliances and its SignNow electronic-signing platform. The Barracuda Backup line consists of backup software installed on Barracuda appliances ranging from 500 GB to 112 TB of usable storage

Cloud-only customers need no appliance

Customers configure and route the backups using the Barracuda Cloud Control user interface. Up until now, Barracuda customers first had to replicate their data to Barracuda backup hardware on premises, with the vendor handling back-end movement of storage to its cloud.

"This is the first time that we allow you to attach to a cloud source, without deploying a [new] box. This is a pure software as a service offering," said Alon Yaffe, a Barracuda director of storage product management.

Customers configure and route the backups using the Barracuda Cloud Control user interface.

Yaffe said customers need to purchase an annual subscription to Barracuda's cloud-to-cloud backup. The vendor sells its storage in minimum 200 GB increments, measured after deduplication and compression. Each 200 GB is priced at $399 per year.

Existing customers are able to use the cloud-based storage with their local storage appliance free of charge during the program's first year, Yaffe said.

Barracuda Backup 6.1 also adds physical-to-virtual machine portability to the vendor's rapid recovery option, known as LiveBoot. The enhancement enables users to restore a physical server to a virtual one hosted either in VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V. Unlike Office 365 backup, the LiveBoot enhancement requires customers to have Barracuda Backup appliances in place.

Liau said the latest version also includes a new option for exporting historical data to tape or hard disk for long-term retention. "It may sound silly to be adding tape support in 2015, but we have a lot of customers who ask for that. This is about giving our customers the flexibility to do backups their way."

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