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.

Backup, replication and disaster recovery in a single solution

  • Restore your entire server and retrieve all of your data in seconds
  • Protect your workloads on VMs, physical servers and in the cloud
  • Restore to dissimilar systems, physical or virtual
  • Recover Microsoft® Exchange, SQL Server® and SharePoint® applications
  • Ensure built-in disaster recovery with hot standby VMs

Overview

AppAssure™ is advanced data protection that unifies backup, replication and recovery in one software solution. Designed for virtual, physical and cloud environments, AppAssure continually checks and updates your backups to ensure they will be ready when you need them. AppAssure stores your backups in a high-performance object repository and performs encryption and global data deduplication within its scalable object store. Our software also gives you a variety of flexible recovery options so you can retrieve your data quickly, whether it resides on physical or virtual servers, or in the cloud. You can now protect your Linux servers, too — all with the same AppAssure 5 software.

Restore your entire server and retrieve all of your data in seconds

Choose local, offsite or disaster recovery. Recover to a virtual or physical machine. Restore at any level: single file, message or data object, or restore a complete machine.

Protect your workloads on VMs, physical servers and in the cloud

Use block-level file, email or system-level backup to protect your business-critical physical and legacy systems. Secure your virtual servers across the most popular hypervisors, including VMware® vSphere™, VMware ESX®/ESXi, Microsoft® Hyper-V® and Citrix® XenServer®.

Restore to dissimilar systems, physical or virtual

Recover anywhere, to any machine. Choose local or off-site recoveries to any available machines, even to dissimilar hardware.

Recover Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint applications

Leverage AppAssure’s automated recovery verification technology to ensure your backup file is completely recoverable across Exchange Server, SQL Server® and SharePoint®.

Ensure built-in disaster recovery with hot standby VMs

Deploy a hot-standby VM that can be located anywhere to continuously update block-level changes from the source server for built-in disaster recovery.

Features

Restoration at any level
Restore at any level: single file, message or data object, or restore a complete machine.
Flexible recovery options
Choose local or off-site recovery for any available machine, even to dissimilar hardware.
Continual snapshots
Snapshot data up to every 15 minutes for nearly unlimited RPO granularity.
Change block tracking
Track changes at the block level, backing up only the data that has changed to ensure optimal performance.
Fast recovery procedures
Assure that recovery procedures check backup data continually to give you confidence that you can get up and running fast.
Built-in replication
Move your data offsite or into the cloud with built-in replication.
Integrated deduplication and file compression
Cut storage requirements by up to 80 percent with integrated deduplication and file compression.
Expert recovery assistance
Consult recovery experts around the clock and around the globe to help you get your systems up and running quickly.
Remote installation and configuration services
Tap remote installation and configuration services to help you deploy all AppAssure features quickly and easily, without the need for an on-site technician.

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

 

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