PHD Virtual esXpress 4.0 Adds Changed-Block Tracking, Unified Central Restore GUI

Data protection and recovery solution for virtual machines reduces time, resources required to create backups

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PHD Virtual Technologies, a data protection and recovery solution vendor for virtual machines, has released esXpress version 4.0, adding changed-block tracking (to reduce the amount of time and resources required to create backups) and a unified central restore GUI (to provide faster and easier data restores).

The new esXpress version 4.0 adds enhanced support for VMware vSphere 4 in addition to ESX 3.x, including the ability to track changes to each VMDK using VMware’s change-tracking API. By reading only the blocks that have changed, and not scanning the entire virtual disk each time a backup is performed, esXpress shortens the backup window and uses considerably less data I/O while also reducing overall loads on network and SAN resources.

EsXpress uses multiple virtual backup appliances to leverage the VMware changed-block API. In addition to changed-block tracking, esXpress 4.0 has also added the ability to initiate VM restores from within the configuration and deployment virtual appliance GUI. The GUI appliance provides unified management of virtual machine recovery tasks, bypassing the need to connect to each individual ESX host’s service console. Using this centralized interface, restoring data is simpler, faster, and more scalable than ever before.

esXpress 4.0 is available now with pricing starting at $1,000 per host for four concurrent backup streams. The product supports unlimited sockets and unlimited cores per host and no additional hardware is required.

Additional information is available at www.phdvirtual.com/products/esxpress-virtual-backup.