More Extends Cloud Backup Reach to Images

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    Backup and recovery has always been a complex endeavor. But in the age of the cloud, it has only become more difficult to manage because of the need to manage a local instance of an appliance that is connected to a backend cloud service. eliminated that requirement by allowing IT organizations to back up files to the cloud without requiring any local agent software to be installed. Now is applying that same capability to entire software images.

    Chris Schin, vice president of products for, says version 4.5 of the DataProtect from provides backup and recovery using an agentless approach that makes it possible to directly back up and recover both images and files into and out of the cloud service.

    In addition, Schin says that DataProtect allows IT organizations to select any backup target they want regardless of whether the system being backed up is physical or virtual. makes use of Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) technology that is an extension of HTTP to replicate data between customers’ applications and data centers managed by The service already includes integrated wide area network (WAN) optimization capabilities to improve the performance of backup and recovery in and out of the cloud.

    While the ability to back up entire images has been around for a while, the usage of this approach to data protection has increased markedly in the age of the cloud. The backing up of images not only makes it easier to recover from a disaster, it still gives IT organizations the ability to recover specific files when necessary.

    In effect, backup and recovery in the cloud is becoming the means to full disaster recovery that it was always meant to be. As Schin notes, in the event of a disaster, finding hardware systems to run images may be a challenge. Having those images accessible in a cloud in a way that doesn’t require a local appliance means IT organizations can download them and run them anywhere they need, whenever necessary.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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