StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX

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StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX -

One Backup Solution for Your Windows, Linux, or Mixed IT Environment

StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® SPX software provides backup and disaster recovery, data protection, and managed system migration for Windows and Linux systems on virtual and physical machines. If you’re an IT pro working in a mixed environment, you’ll likely appreciate being able to run one backup and recovery software solution on all machines.

SPX quickly and efficiently creates sector-level backup images of Windows or Linux systems, including the operating system, applications, services, configuration settings, and data volumes. For Linux systems, a StorageCraft-built snapshot driver ensures you swiftly get a solid backup every time. For Windows systems, we leverage Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to ensure solid backups, and our proprietary snapshot driver StorageCraft Volume Snapshot Manager (VSM) makes sure those backups happen fast.

Because a backup image contains everything on a given machine, when you need to recover your system, applications, and data, you can do so in minutes.

Flexibility you need to keep business running

Like disasters, IT environments are anything but standard. That's why organizations need a single cross-platform solution that protects the entire IT environment, whether it's Windows or Linux, virtual or physical.

SPX works on:

  • Linux systems on virtual and physical servers
  • Windows systems on virtual and physical servers, desktops, and laptops

To ensure you have the backup images you need in order to recover, you can choose to customize backup jobs or use a predefined backup schedule. You can also view the size, duration, and type of each performed backup and monitor any issues.

Once you have SPX backup images, you have multiple fast recovery options. Depending on the scope of the disaster you’re facing, you can:

  • Mount a backup image and rapidly access files and folders
  • Use StorageCraft VirtualBoot™ technology to boot a backup image as a virtual machine (VM) for a quick, temporary fix
  • Boot a protected Windows system as a guest VM on a Hyper-V host (also using VirtualBoot; requires Windows Server 2012 R2)
  • Restore a Windows or Linux system to the same or different hardware or virtual environment in minutes

Features and benefits of SPX

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Cross-Platform Support

  • Support Windows server, desktop, and laptop operating systems and a growing list of Linux server distributions
  • Support virtual machines (VMs) hosted in many types of hypervisors (VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, and more)
  • Enjoy all the features and functionality available for physical servers at a price point appropriate for virtual environments

 

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Backup

  • Execute a one-time full backup of a Windows or Linux hard drive that you can archive
  • Back up Microsoft SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint servers and other critical application servers, including updates in memory
  • Back up nearly any type of Linux server, such as web, mail, database, and file servers
  • Encrypt backup jobs to securely protect data
  • Save backups to any internal or removable drive or network storage device
  • Quickly view the size, duration, and type of each performed backup and monitor any issues from the patented job timeline feature in the SPX user interface
  • Manage how long you retain backup images when you need to save on storage space
  • Back up a non-bootable system before attempting a restore operation using StorageCraft Recovery Environment

 

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Scheduling

  • Schedule full or incremental backups to occur automatically
  • Get complete flexibility in scheduling your backup jobs—for example, run backups more often Monday through Thursday, run fewer on Friday, and just one over the weekend
  • Create “mixed-mode” backup job schedules (a full backup followed by daily incremental backups until the next scheduled full backup)
  • Create “continuous incremental” backup schedules (a full backup followed by perpetual daily incremental backups)
  • Schedule incremental backups to run as often as every 15 minutes

 

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Remote Management

  • Use the same SPX user interface to connect to machines running SPX, regardless of whether they are Windows or Linux
  • Install the SPX agent on a Windows server, desktop, laptop, or VM and create a backup-job schedule for that machine without having to visit it
  • Install the SPX agent on a Linux server or VM and create a backup-job schedule for that machine without having to visit it
  • Choose to receive email notification when backup jobs succeed or fail
  • Monitor SPX backup jobs on multiple endpoints from a single dashboard (available when you download free StorageCraft ShadowControl® software)
  • Create backup-job policies and apply them to groups of endpoints instead of configuring each endpoint’s backup-job schedule separately (available when you download free StorageCraft ShadowControl software)

 

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Testing

  • Verify the integrity of backup images through the image-chain browser in order to ensure they’re in a known good state for fast and reliable recovery
  • Mount backup images through the image-chain browser and look through files and folders (if successful, the backup image is healthy)
  • Boot a backup image to a virtual machine with VirtualBoot to test whether a restored system would function properly

 

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Image Management

  • Consolidate files (full backup plus incrementals) into a single new backup image for archiving
  • Split a backup image file into smaller files (a spanned set) for backup on DVD or Blu-Ray
  • Convert backup image files to a virtual disk in either .VHD (Hyper-V-compatible) or .VMDK (VMware-compatible) format for restoration or migration to a VM
  • Decide a consolidated or converted backup file’s compression setting or encryption

 

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Recovery

  • Recover a file or folder by mounting a point-in-time backup image from the image-chain browser
  • Restore an entire data volume from the image-chain browser
  • Quickly restore access to a database server by mounting a point-in-time backup image
  • Restore a system to the same physical or virtual environment (with the StorageCraft Recovery Environment)
  • Restore a Windows system to a different physical or virtual environment by using StorageCraft Hardware Independent Restore technology
  • Restore a Linux system to a different physical or virtual environment with boot repair
  • Rapidly boot a backup image as a virtual machine (temporary system failover) with VirtualBoot
    • boot an SPX Windows or Linux backup on a supported Linux version
    • boot an SPX Windows backup on a supported Windows system
    • boot an SPX Windows backup as a guest VM on a Hyper-V host (Windows 2012 R2 required)

 

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Migration

  • Migrate a backup image from one physical machine to another (P2P)
  • Migrate a backup image from one virtual machine to another (V2V)
  • Migrate a backup image of a virtual machine to a physical one (V2P)
  • Migrate a backup image of a physical machine to a virtual environment (P2V)

 

Licensing

StorageCraft licenses SPX on a per-system basis. SPX licenses are available for:

  • Windows physical servers and small-business servers
  • Linux physical servers
  • Windows VMs
  • Linux VMs
  • Windows desktops and laptops

A VM license is appropriately less expensive than a physical server license. Please note that a virtual license allows you to migrate or restore a VM to a physical environment. However, once restored to a physical system, the virtual license ends. Use a new physical license to continue to make backups in a physical environment.

 

Technical Specifications

Requirements and supported environments

For a complete list of requirements, supported environments (including Windows operating systems, Linux versions, and hypervisors), and limitations, see our SPX User Guide: system requirements page and the ReadMe document.

 

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