BRU Server Network Edition - Includes 25 client licenses and is fully expandable
BRU Server is TOLIS Group's premier network backup software solution that provides client/server-based data backup and recovery services across networks of any size. BRU Server delivers the reliability, functionality and flexibility to meet your organization's backup needs - including regulatory compliance. All major client system OS platforms are supported as well as live database back-up on Windows Server and client systems. BRU Server 2.0 brings ease-of-use with new graphical interfaces, client-side options, and more!
^^ New Completely Redesigned Graphical User Interfaces Control BRU Server from Mac OS X, Linux and now Windows systems. Character-Based and Command Line Management Consoles are also Available for Maximum Flexibility
^^ New Client-Side - User Initiated Backup for Desktops and Laptops (not dependent on any admin-specified backups) Under Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
^^ New Client-Side - User Initiated Restore (not dependent on any admin action) Under Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
^^ New Client-Side - Update of IP Address for DHCP Environments on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows
^^ New Full Support of ACLs and Extended Attributes on OS X and Linux Clients
^^ New BRU Server Hardware/Software Bundles
^^ New Upstage for Offsite - Expands D2D2T to Allow Copying Staged Archives to Tape for Sending Offsite While Retaining the Local Copy on Disk
^^ Support of single archives up to eight (8) exabytes (8,388,608 gigabytes) in size
^^ Live Database Backup
^^ Archives are backwards compatible with all previous BRU Server versions and are also recoverable by any BRU product, on any platform BRU supports
^^ Flexible Disk Staging Provides Disk-to-Disk (D2D) and Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) Support
^^ Off-Site Storage Services
^^ Comprehensive Native Tape Device Support
^^ 100% Coverage of All Mac OS X Filesystem Attributes Including Resource Forks, Finder Information,
and All Unix Permissions
^^ Backups 100% Verified as a Background Task which can Dramatically Reduce the Backup Window
^^ Advanced, Error Recovery Algorithms Restore Data When Other Tools Fail
^^ Simple Integration with SAN including Apple's Xsan Technology
^^ Virtual Machine Support
Network Backup Across the Enterprise
BRU Server is TOLIS Group, Inc.’s flagship Backup & Restore software. BRU Server’s "server component" runs natively on Linux, Solaris, IRIX and Mac OS X, and the combination of the BRU Server server component with BRU Server Agents for all Unix-based and Windows systems protects the critical information residing across your client/server based network. The BRU Server “console component” can be installed on any number of systems to manage BRU Server’s operation. The proven reliability of BRU technology coupled with the proven reliability of a Unix-based operating system creates a backup system of unsurpassed uptime and availability to archived data. BRU Server’s Windows Open File Manager is available to back up live databases such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, FileMaker, Oracle, Sybase, Active Directory and others running on Windows client systems, and the bruCLONE ad-on provides unsurpassed disaster recovery for your OS X systems. BRU Server supports all forms of archive storage including disk, tape, virtual tape libraries, NAS and SAN devices. The built-in architecture supports D2D, D2T, and D2D2T without the requirement of expensive add on licenses.
Why Choose BRU Server Over Other Software Tools?
BRU Server never assumes that the data you write to disk or tape is data that is actually recoverable and provides the assurance that the data you think you have backed up can actually be restored. BRU’s error recovery algorithms used when writing to tape provide reliability mechanisms unlike any other backup product on the market. BRU can even restore data from the readable portions of a physically damaged tape. These features are captured in our white paper titled: The BRU Advantage.
Why Doesn't BRU Server Perform Synthetic Full Backups and Why Should More Frequent Full Backups be Performed?
The concept of Synthetic Backups sounds attractive on the surface—however; the implications for long-term archive storage and recoverability of data are significant. All of our BRU solutions have the ability to perform backups to a user's/organization's requirement, unlike tools that do not provide the necessary flexibility and "force" backups to be done in a manner defined by the software tool. BRU products allow you to easily define full, differential, and incremental backups to meet your organization’s requirements. They are easily scheduled, and the frequency is user controlled. So, depending on the particular needs of your organization, backups can be performed at virtually any frequency that makes sense.
The idea of performing a single full backup and then only performing incremental backups for long periods - 12 months or more - may sound good from a backup standpoint, but what happens when you discover that elements of the backup required for a complete recover have become unrecoverable or are simply missing? BRU’s 25 years of backup experience with large system environments has shown that performing a full backup only one time in months, or years at worst, dramatically reduces the reliability of the restore—or at a minimum, drastically increases the time to a complete system recovery. Performing full backups on a more regular basis with intervening incremental or differential backups will keep your data fresh and increase the reliability and availability of data for restoration. It is the user’s option to perform full backups on any defined schedule; however, BRU’s unmatched speed and lightweight process allows those full, incremental, or differential backups to occur without impact to your network.
Why Doesn't BRU Server Perform Single Instance Store and De-Duplication?
The concept of Single Instance Backup/De-Duplication is the conservation of backup media – only one copy of a file common across systems is backed-up. The loss of a “single instance” file means that file is forever gone and is no longer available to support the restoring of a system or systems that utilize that particular file. This approach is not consistent with our philosophy to assure the restorability of each and every system’s data.
In addition to the fallibility of the Single Instance Backup/De-Duplication concept, there are significant operational issues. The strategy still requires a complete full backup be done initially and that consumes disk capacity without a minimized-use benefit. Prior to a subsequent backup operation beginning, a lengthy scan of each system must be performed and this process can literally take hours before the first bit is backed-up. Data restores are also very slow because the data system must work through all of the pointers. And finally, to write to a tape that is directly recoverable, the de-duped streams must be reconstituted to original form and no economy-of-capacity is realized.
Does BRU Server Require a High Powered and Dedicated Server?
BRU Server's overhead is exceptionally low and can actually time-share with other server applications. Depending on one's network system topology, BRU Server will consume between 8% - 20% of a system's resources during backup/restore operations - allowing the majority of system resources to perform other tasks concurrently. Of course, a dedicated backup system is ideal.
Optional Add-on's for BRU Server include:
^^ Mac OS X Disaster Recovery with bruCLONE
^^ Windows Open File Manager for Live Database Backup on Windows Server Systems