Vizioncore Inc. says its newly available vRanger Pro 4.0 Data Protection Platform (DPP) was redesigned to reduce backup windows and increase restore options.
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To speed backup times, vRanger Pro 4.0 can now perform incremental rather than differential backups, which involve backing up changes since the previous backup rather than those since the first full backup. This results in 15% faster backup speeds, said Jason Mattox, Vizioncore's chief technology officer. The product has also improved how it processes white space in a virtual machine, disregarding zero-sized blocks altogether. In addition, the new Smart Backup Manager provides more efficient job management, the company said.
VRanger Pro 4.0 also features a new direct-to-target architecture in which data from the ESX hosts is written directly to the backup target rather than through the vRanger server. The product can also restore entire images, or individual files, within a virtual machine. Vizioncore has changed its licensing policy to allow restores without a license for the product, enabling administrators to test disaster recovery plans at no additional cost.
The vRanger Pro 4.0 offering is certified for VMware vSphere 4 and integrates with PowerShell, vCenter and VMotion. On its website, Vizioncore is offering a 10-CPU license of vRanger 4.0 DPP that is valid for 30 days.
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The Business View plug-in is available for Veeam Reporter Enterprise, Veeam nworks Management Pack and nworks Smart Plug-in. The company also plans to integrate Business View with Veeam Monitor and Veeam Backup & Replication. It is available for free for all current Veeam customers on maintenance.
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