We just released an update for our two local backup solutions – Xopero Backup&Restore and Xopero QNAP Appliance. Recent months show that our company strongly focused on the disaster recovery technology development. The result of these works is the Xopero Image Tool, a well received free stand-alone application which allows fast image conversion to any other format supported by popular hypervisors like Hyper-V, VMware, Virtualbox and KVM (to learn more check this blog post). At the same time, our team also worked on expanding the core DR technology – Smart Recovery – to the Xopero Backup&Restore solution. And today only five weeks after the premiere of XIT, we release this awaited update. Let’s find out what changes the new Xopero 3.9.6 release brings.
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More and more organizations depend on data to pursue business objectives. And as organizations grow, so does the amount of data they generate and data loss becomes increasingly costly.
Xopero Image Tool is the newest application in Xopero recovery toolbox. It is used to convert between multiple hard drive image formats – from RAW to VHD, VHDX or VMDK and back. Thanks to such conversion it is possible to move your physical machine to any virtual environment such as Hyper-V, VMware or VirtualBox.
Backing up and protecting business data is a big deal in today’s corporate world. This is also a rising challenge due to employees mobility and data migration from data centers to endpoint devices. Yet many traditional backup solutions focus on server protection within a firewall, not taking into consideration rapid shift of data to the end-devices.
1. Think about the devices which you need to protect. What are these devices – PCs, laptops, servers? How many of them?
E.g. 12 laptops, 3 computers, 3 servers (one with virtualization – eg. Hyper-V).
2. What is the size of data stored on these devices (How many GB/TB/PB)?
3. Decide where would you like to keep your data. In the cloud or maye locally?
4. Define which devices are critical – these are the devices without which the company is not able to carry on with its work. For such devices the traditional backup is not enough. They require also the disaster recovery feature which in case of the breakdown will give the possibility to run the broken machine with all its data (including the operating system and drivers).
‘Each enterprise owns different IT infrastructure, however it is always possible to distinguish a few key devices which are present in the most of companies in the SMB sector and in case of failure of these devices the particular company cannot operate. Among the others, these devices are: laptops of CEO and Board Members, email and domain servers, device with invoicing system and any other device which serve the commonly understood ‘production’ typical to particular enterprise (in the factory it may be the device which operates the conveyor belt while in the other enterprise these may be the laptops of sales representatives).’
Ladislav Ovsak, Sales Director for Slovakia, Xopero Software S.A.
5. Define which data are critical.
‘Each enterprise possesses data which loss may cause dramatic effects. Such data are vital to the company while the devices on which such data are stored are not that important. The example may be the secretary’s computer in the dental office with the list of patients appointments for the following month. In case of breakdown it is enough for this dentist office just to recover the patient list and open it on any device (other computer or smartphone for instance) or simply print it. However, it is important that such devices have a short-interval backup scheduler running and also support the backup of open files.’
Nicola Marotta, Sales Director Italy, Xopero Software S.A.
6. Define your RPO i RTO (Recovery Point Objective, Recovery Time Objective). In the easiest words – you have to answer yourself two fundamental questions:
- what is the maximum time that you can give yourself to restore the data in case of breakdown?
- how long can you NOT have full access to your data and applications?
It is common knowledge that if the enterprise doesn’t work, it doesn’t generate profits so each breakdown and lack of data availability means the financial loss to the company. Therefore, remember to test whether your backup solution runs properly and if it works within your RTO and RPO range.
“I don’t need backup”. How many times have you heard that before? Plenty? People make expensive mistakes, so it’s up to us to show them how important data really is. From time to time, everyone needs some helpful tips. With the right tool-box even the not data-safety-aware client can become your gold deal.
Let’s start with a brief information about the Cloud Platform: it enables for global and local providers to offer their solutions in the form of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DraaS). For us it is a next important step, but it also means that our two cloud products – Xopero Cloud (dedicated for MSP and Public) and Xopero Cloud Personal (for small business and personal users) – are available to all resellers of this well-known distributor.
Xopero was established in 2009. At the time, the platform was called Opero and as it sometimes happens at the very beginning – this didn’t mean anything to anybody. As each startup company we had to make every effort possible to appear in clients’ consciousness. Polish market wasn’t ready for our product and the knowledge concerning cloud solutions was extremely limited. Our competitors were international companies with many years of experience on the global market. However, if we had been looking at our situation from this perspective at the time, we wouldn’t be where we are now. The cooperation with such TELCO brands as Orange and T-mobile made it possible for us to gain valuable experience.
All company IT systems sooner or later undergo modernization. Operational systems and data base versions change and business software evolves. Equipment and IT infrastructure are also upgraded from time to time. In connection with all these modifications it is sometimes necessary to perform the migration of resources to new hardware and software environment. However, this operation raises many justified concerns among users.