SonicWall Releases Continuous Data Backup 6.0 Firmware
SonicWall today launched its next generation of Continuous Data Protection (CDP) solutions. Built from the ground up with an entirely new architecture, SonicWall CDP 6.0 automatically preserves and protects business-relevant data assets against loss from file, device, and location based disasters. With support for Windows, Linux and Mac OS, CDP provides granular, globally enforced policy controls over the entire backup operation. CDP 6.0 supports Microsoft applications including SQL, Exchange and SharePoint servers, Active Directory and Small Business Servers. Its unmatched flexibility enables IT administrators to dictate what information to backup, what to exclude and how the information should be maintained to adhere to recovery and compliance requirements.
“SonicWall truly understands the importance of data backup and security. CDP 6.0 provides us with the highly sophisticated backup and disaster recovery techniques we need to optimize data storage, backup and bandwidth utilization,” said Kimberly Yatchak, systems administrator at Kent Beverage Company. “SonicWall CDP gives us confidence that our data is secure without having to baby our backups; that’s priceless.”
"With the introduction of CDP 6.0 and its integration into the SonicWall Global Management System (GMS) platform, we can now achieve remote access, distributed backup, centralized reporting as well as monitoring without the need for site-to-site VPN links," said Christopher Brisley, managing director at Xperta. "As a managed services provider, Xperta will benefit greatly from this product combination. Not only is it unique in the marketplace, but it significantly improves our operations and streamlines our management processes. In fact, for production of management reports produced under CDP 6.0, we anticipate a reduction of man-hours by 80 - 90 percent."
CDP 6.0 Features
The new CDP revolutionizes the backup and recovery process for IT organizations. A sophisticated new fileset backup methodology combined with agent-based data de-duplication moves and stores only unique data blocks. This speeds the backup process and optimizes bandwidth usage while maintaining total information continuity and the ability to flexibly restore multiple revisions.
Streamlined recovery phase, with multiple disaster recovery options that provide complete data recovery even if the primary data site is compromised, dramatically lowering administrative overhead and increasing workforce productivity. Recovery options include offsite data backup service, site-to-site data backup and local archiving to a local NTFS formatted USB 2.0 drive that can be physically transported offsite.
IT backup intelligence and comprehensive protection in a unified platform. Granular backup policy and control helps IT efficiently capture, filter and preserve valuable data while eliminating irrelevant and aged data from the backup set. This reduces data volume and provides both continuous protection and point-in-time, snapshot backups.
Centralized user policy and control services enable IT to perform Windows based silent agent installation to one or more remote computer users in an active directory network and pre-configure all agents to be connected to any available CDP device broadcasting on the same domain.
Unprecedented scalability through enterprise agent software allows growing enterprises to promptly add client connections and expand platform and application coverage. CDP 6.0 scales to support the most popular business and client applications, and protects any computing system, ranging from single workstations to large multi-platform server farms, including the latest Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems.
In addition to these features, the new CDP 6.0 solution has been designed to help IT meet compliance and legal requirements, ensuring that mission-critical intellectual property and compliance data in e-mail and on the network is automatically protected against file, device and location based disasters that can cause severe data loss.
“Risk management and compliance mandates are issues forcing IT to rethink data protection, data availability, data preservation, and disaster recovery readiness and responsiveness,” said Ken Dang, product manager, CDP at SonicWall. “SonicWall CDP 6.0 governs information growth effectively in real time. It scales up to midsize and larger organizations, providing options to preserve, replicate, archive, govern and restore greater amounts of data, across Windows, Mac OS and Linux platforms, and at a lower price than its predecessor devices.”
Expanded GMS Support for CDP: Reporting and Monitoring
To further strengthen its offerings, SonicWall also officially launched the latest version of its award-winning SonicWall Global Management System (GMS).
GMS 6.0 Service Pack 2 introduces centralized reporting and monitoring for CDP appliances running firmware 6.0. It provides organizations, distributed enterprises and service providers with a flexible, powerful and intuitive solution to centrally manage and rapidly deploy not just SonicWall CDP appliances but also SonicWall firewall, anti-spam and secure remote access solutions. Flexibly deployed as software, hardware - in the form of the Universal Management Appliance (UMA) - or as a virtual appliance, SonicWall GMS provides centralized real-time monitoring, and comprehensive policy and compliance reporting to drive down the cost of owning and managing SonicWALL appliances.
SonicWall CDP 6.0 and SonicWall GMS products are available immediately.