Ctera Networks has launched a tool that can be used to back up any number of servers across any cloud infrastructure from a single console, using the native object storage service of common cloud platforms as the target for storing backup data.
Available immediately as a part of the Ctera Enterprise File Services Platform, Cloud Server Data Protection is designed to address the problems faced by IT administrators needing to back up data on their servers in today's cloud world, where many workloads are operating from virtual servers and many backup tools are dependent on specific hypervisors or tied to specific cloud platforms.
Cloud Server Data Protection enables organisations to protect data in their private or virtual private cloud by using the native object storage services provided by cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud and OpenStack-based clouds, to cost effectively store the backup data, Ctera claimed.
The platform makes use of backup agents for both Windows and Linux environments, deployable on any server in any cloud, according to the firm. Data is encrypted by the backup agents at the source, which also support deduplication and compression to minimise network and storage costs while enabling backup for cross-region and cross-cloud data protection.
Ctera claims that Cloud Server Data Protection enables organisations to use the cloud and object storage services of their choice, which could see them pay as little as $0.01 per GB per month for backup storage, equating to savings of 60 to 80 percent when compared with traditional backup appliances.
Meanwhile, the platform is based on a scale-out architecture that can support tens of thousands of servers, while an administrator can manage all the server agents, users and backups from a single console.
Ctera chief executive Liran Eshel said that traditional server backup tools have not been designed to make full use of the advantages of cloud infrastructure and services.
"We are happy to take a leadership position in enabling adoption of hybrid and ‘all-in' cloud strategies by providing a truly unique, cloud-native and yet cloud-agnostic platform for data-protection as a service delivery," he said.
Cloud Server Data Protection is available under an annual subscription licence, priced at $150 (£99) per server protected by the platform.
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