Managed backup provider BUMI (Backup my Info!) last week unveiled a major upgrade to the underlying software powering its online data backup and recovery solution, which is powered by technology from Asigra.
“Businesses face more challenges than ever when it comes to protecting their data,” said Jennifer Walzer, CEO of BUMI. She highlighted the increased complexity from the use of cloud-based applications, virtualized environments and BYOD. “Our new software release helps companies address these issues in order to better protect their data.”
According to the company, the new software release adds increased functionality on the backup and recovery front -- including Virtual Disaster Recovery (VDR) capabilities, NetApp snapshot integration, Salesforce.com data protection -- and for mobile devices. VDR allows businesses to failover their VMware virtual machines and physical machines to an ESX server, and is significant as it allows SMBs to ensure business continuity.
Another improvement is greater monitoring and control to the BUMI NOC for real-time visibility from a Web-based interface with backup notification. Moreover, the new software offers greater support for technology platforms, which now covers Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, as well as Linux, iOS and Android. In addition, popular application platforms such as MS SQL 2012, VMware 5.1 and Oracle 11g R2 are also supported.
According to BUMI, existing customers need not do anything, as the latest version is automatically deployed, and will be available to new clients signing up with the company’s backup and recovery solution. You can read the original press release from the company here.
Unlike the “sell and forget” philosophy used by many traditional vendors, BUMI prides itself on its proactive approach when it comes to protecting clients’ corporate data. In terms of technology, the company utilizes software agents that pipe compressed and encrypted data to BUMIs’ data centers where it is backed up without the need for costly hardware investments.
It is widely acknowledged that the cost of backup software in a traditional backup paradigm forms only one small component of the total costs for a proper implementation. Moreover, new operating systems and upgrades to the backup software often entail additional fees that must be paid for continued use. As such, small and mid-sized businesses will do well to do expand more efforts to properly account for the various components in order to not be caught unawares on the cost front.