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MSP360 Windows Backup

For Windows Desktops & Servers




A Value for Money Cloud Backup Solution


One of our clients asked us to find a replacement for their existing Backup Exec 2010 solution, which would allow them to perform backups to the cloud, without having to pay out a fortune in the process.

Whilst Backup Exec 2010 is still an excellent product for use with older systems, it is somewhat dated and missing the all-#important cloud backup facility.

The first product we decided to test, was the latest iteration of Backup Exec, Version 21.

Backup Exec V21


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Backup Exec V21 is the all-singing and all-dancing backup solution, allowing you to perform backups to tape, external drives, and the cloud. The software is relatively straight forward to configure, and the technical support is very good.

We tested Backup Exec on our client's development server, using a 30 day trial of the product, and a test Google Cloud Storage account.

We opted for Google’s nearline storage, costing $0.013 per GB when uploaded to a London based data centre, with a minimum retention policy of 1 month, to avoid early deletion charges.

Using test data of around 54 GB, composed of a mixture of Sage Accounts backups and Domino databases, the backup completed in around 6 hours, over a standard FTTC broadband connection, which is fine for nightly backups.

Using test data of around 54 GB, composed of a mixture of Sage Accounts backups and Domino databases, the backup completed in around 6 hours, over a standard FTTC broadband connection, which is fine for nightly backups.

In terms of pricing, Backup Exec can be expensive for smaller businesses, costing around £1100 for a 1 year licence, covering 2 servers plus maintenance.

Given the cost of Backup Exec, we felt that it might be too pricey, especially with the year-on-year maintenance costs, so we looked at alternative solutions from lesser-known software houses, and found a product called MSP360 Backup for Windows Server.





MSP360 Backup for Windows Server


MSP360 BACKUP FOR WINDOWS SERVER

MSP360 Backup for Windows Server provides users with a plethora of options, including file-level and image-based backups. The software has the ability to backup network shares (5 for the standard edition and unlimited for the ultimate edition), saving on the purchase of additional licences, as would be the case with the Veritas solution.

The software allows you to perform either imaged based or file level backups, depending on your requirements. For the purposes of our trial, we were mainly concerned with file-based backups, so that we could do a comparison against Backup Exec.

Creating a file-level backup is a simple process, which you are guided through using a built in wizard.

Firstly, you are required to set up the destination for the backup files, which can be a cloud service provider such as Google, Amazon S3 or Azure, or a local drive such as an external USB hard disk.

Creating a file-level backup is a simple process, which you are guided through using a built-in wizard.

Firstly, you are required to set up the destination for the backup files, which can be a cloud service provider such as Google, Amazon S3 or Azure, or a local drive such as an external USB hard disk.

Once the destination has been selected, you then choose which backup mode to use. You can select Advanced, which will support encryption, along with multiple file versions and block-level backup. Simple mode will allow you to access the backup files using any client tools, but will not allow encryption, multiple file versions or block-level backups. There is a custom mode, allowing you to store all backup files in one folder and lastly, an archive mode, which is best used when backing up a number of small files.

Upon choosing the backup mode, you are then given options to configure the following:

Having downloaded the MSP360 Backup 15 day trial, we carried out the same test as we did using the Backup Exec software, utilising the same set of files and Google Cloud Storage container. The resulting backup was about 30 minutes slower than Backup Exec, which is impressive, given that Veritas is one of the market leaders

With regard to pricing, we found MSP360 to be very reasonable. The cost of a standard Windows Server licence, utilizing up to 1TB of cloud storage, along with the ability to backup 5 network shares, works out at around £153 including 1 year's maintenance.

If you opt for the ultimate edition, which allows the backup of infinite data, unlimited network shares, along with Exchange and SQL backup options, the price increases to £376. The full range of licencing options can be found here:

MSP360 Server licensing

In conclusion, having tested MSP360 Backup for Windows Server, extensively, we found it to be a very robust and cost-effective solution for small businesses, and would not hesitate in recommending it.

If you have any questions, or would like to know how IT Results can assist with your backup solution, then please get in touch.


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