AppAssure Backup, Replication and Recovery

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AppAssure Home Screen

AppAssure Home Screen
This is the main AppAssure 5 screen. From here you can protect, recover and replicate all of your data whether it’s stored in Windows or Linux environments, on physical or virtual servers or in the cloud.

Events Tab

Events Tab
This is where you can see all of the events occurring in your physical, virtual and cloud backup and recovery operations.

One application that reliably backs up, replicates, verifies, and restores your data

  • Protect your workloads on virtual machines, physical servers, and in the cloud.
  • Restore operations almost instantly with a recovery time objective (RTO) of minutes.
  • Perform automated recovery testing and verification of backups.
  • Restore a single file, message, or a complete machine.
  • Recover from disasters by creating virtual standby VMs.

Overview

AppAssure™ is advanced data protection that unifies backup, replication and recovery in one, easy-to-use software solution. Go further than simply protecting the data that makes up your digital world on virtual, physical and cloud environments with AppAssure’s ability to provide near continuous access to data after an incident, keeping your business productive. Plus, you have complete confidence that the data you’re backing up will be restorable with AppAssure’s ability to test file system as well Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server application consistency. And once data has been backed up, you have the flexible restore capabilities that will match the needs of your business. For ultimate assurance, you can take advantage of AppAssure’s built-in ability to continually send updates to a virtual machine that can be activated in case of emergency.

Protect your workloads on virtual machines, physical servers, and in the cloud.

Use a single application for fast, reliable backup, replication, and restores of your organization’s critical data. Up to 288 block-level snapshots a day provide recovery point objectives (RPOs) of up to five minutes and near instant RTOs to ensure you always have access to your business-critical systems.

Restore operations almost instantly with a recovery time objective (RTO) of minutes.

With AppAssure’s Live Recovery capability, you can have near continuous access to the data you’ve protected. You can resume the use of an impacted server directly from the backup file without waiting for the production server to have a complete restore.

Perform automated recovery testing and verification of backups.

Have certainty that the data you back up is recoverable with AppAssure’s Verified Recovery capability. AppAssure performs automated nightly mount checks of file systems, Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server instances. If a problem is found with corrupt data or application data that will prevent these from being mounted, you are alerted. This gives you time to correct the issues before you need to restore the data after an incident.

Restore a single file, message, or data object to a complete machine.

Restore data at any level, from a single file, message or data object, to a complete machine (physical or virtual), even to dissimilar hardware with AppAssure’s Universal Recovery capability. The data can be restored to any supported system: physical, virtual, or cloud environments, enabling local, offsite or disaster recovery.

Recover from disasters by creating virtual standby VMs.

Continually send updates to a virtual machine that can be activated in case there’s an issue with the primary machine using AppAssure’s Virtual Standby feature. When the primary machine is restored, you are able to fail back with all the changes that were sent to the standby VM.

Features

Live Recovery
Restore operations almost instantly with an RTO of minutes.
Verified Recovery
Perform automated recovery testing and verification of backups to ensure that the file systems, Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server instances you back up will be recovered.
Universal Recovery
Restore at any level, from a single file, message or data object, to a complete machine (physical or virtual), even to dissimilar hardware.
Cloud Archive
Archive your static data to Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3, Rackspace, or any OpenStack provider.
Virtual Standby
Continually send updates to a virtual machine that can be activated in the event there’s an issue with the primary machine.
Forever incremental snapshots
Snapshot data up to every 60 minutes for granular RPOs.
Change-block tracking
Track changes at the block level, backing up only the data that has changed to ensure optimal performance.
Integrated deduplication and file compression
Cut storage requirements by up to 80 percent with integrated deduplication and file compression.
FIPS certification
The AppAssure Crypto Module certified was 140-2 Level 1.

Specifications

Dell AppAssure 5 Core

CPU
  • Quad Core or higher
Memory
  • 8 GB RAM or higher; Dell highly recommends using Error Checking & Correction (ECC) memory, to ensure optimum performance of AppAssure Core Servers.
Operating system
(64-Bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (all x64 editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 8* (all x64 editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1* (all x64 editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (all x64 editions except Windows Server 2008 Core)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (all x64 editions except Windows Server 2008 R2 Core)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012* (all x64 editions except Windows Server 2012 Core)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2* (all x64 editions except Windows Server 2012 R2 Core)

Note:Operating systems marked with * require ASP.NET 4.5 role on the server running the AppAssure 5 Core service.

For optimal performance, it is recommended that you install the AppAssure 5 Core on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

The AppAssure 5 Core requires a 64-bit Windows platform; 32-bitsystems and Linux systems are not supported. In addition, on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems, you must have the ASP.NET 4.5 role installed on the server. If you do not have the role installed, the GUI will not load correctly.

Storage
  • DAS, SAN or NAS
Network
  • 1 GB or higher

Dell AppAssure 5 Central Management Console

Operating system
(64-Bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (all x64 editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 8* (all x64 editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1* (all x64 editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (all x64 editions except Windows Server 2008 Core)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (all x64 editions except Windows Server 2008 R2 Core)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012* (all x64 editions except Windows Server 2012 Core)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2* (all x64 editions except Windows Server 2012 R2 Core)

Note: The AppAssure 5 Core is not supported on Windows Server 2008 Core edition, 2008 R2 Core edition, or 2012 Core edition. In addition, it does not support Hyper-V Server 2008, 2008 R2, or 2012.

Dell AppAssure 5 Agent

Memory
  • 4GB or higher
Operating system
(32-Bit or 64-Bit)

NOTE: We support these Linux distributions and have tested under most of the released kernel versions.

  • Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (all editions
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Core (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 (all editions)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.3
  • RHEL 6.4
  • RHEL 6.5
  • CentOS Linux 6.3
  • CentOS Linux 6.4
  • CentOS Linux 6.5
  • Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu Linux 13.04
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP2
  • SLES 11 SP3
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

Note: Agents installed on the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 operate in the Core edition mode of Windows Server 2012.

NOTE: For Linux agents, AppAssure 5 only supports the following file systems: ext3, ext4, and xfs.

NOTE: Native backup of cluster shared volumes is supported on Windows 2008 R2 agents only.

Microsoft Exchange support
  • Microsoft Exchange 2007 SP1 Rollup 5 or later
  • Microsoft Exchange 2010
  • Microsoft Exchange 2013
Microsoft SQL Support
  • SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012
Hypervisor support (Export and Virtual Standby)
  • VMware
    Workstation 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10
    vSphere/ESX(i) 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Gen 1 and Gen 2 VMS
    Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2.
  • Oracle VirtualBox 4.2.18 and higher

 

For more information on installing the AppAssure 5 Core, Central Management Console, and Agent software, refer to the Dell AppAssure 5 Deployment Guide. For more information on using AppAssure 5, refer to the Dell AppAssure 5 User Guide. For more information on managing Dell AppAssure 5 licenses, refer to the Dell Software License Portal User Guide. For more information on sizing your hardware, software, memory, storage, and network requirements, refer to the Dell AppAssure knowledge base article 118407, “Sizing AppAssure 5 Deployments.”

Resources

AppAssure Backup, Replication & Recovery Videos

What's New

Version 5.4.2

  • Cloud archive connector
  • Archive improvements
  • Gen2 support for Hyper-V VMs