Here at Microsoft TechEd, I spoke with EMC’s Alexander Almeida about his company’s purpose-built Avamar 6.1 backup and deduplication appliance, which provides fast, daily backups for physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Optimized for midrange to high-end environments, the Avamar 6.1 appliance boasts strong support for SQL Server 2012 and Hyper-V.
The support for Hyper-V is particularly enticing, extending Avamar’s reach into the virtualization sphere. EMC has added image-level Hyper-V backup and granular-level recovery, as well as support for federated clustered shared volumes (CSVs). With granular-level recover, users can quickly mount a virtual machine (VM) to a Windows server or client, then browse its directories and files in recovery operations.
I was impressed by Avamar’s centralized web-based management UI and at-a-glance dashboard view, which brings simplicity to an otherwise onerous task and strikes a nice balance between simplicity and advanced functionality. And it doesn’t hurt that this purpose-built appliance takes a lot of the complexity out of the entire backup process.