VSquare Backup version 1.2 has just been released and we're proud to announce the addition of one of the most awaited features: deduplication.
VSquare approach to new features has always been uncompromising and deduplication is no exception. We're not just streaming your backup to a simple file storage where you've no mean to do indexing, single file restore or even directly access you backup files. Instead, we have created a fully functional virtual device capable of quickly and seamlessy deduplicate any backup while leaving VSquare still capable of doing every standard operation.
VSquare Deduplication works by mounting a dedicated virtual disk on the backup server machine where all the backups can be stored trough the VSquare Scheduling.
Since the virtual disk is seen as a standard hard disk, every read and write operation is performed in real-time with no need of Rehydrating/recalling any file information before proceeding. A dedicated VSquare process will take care of deduplication while the data is accessed so that each operation as a minimal impact on backup, restore and storage.
As an example of the results, the screenshot below shows the amount of data that Windows finds inside a VSquare Deduplicated Storage where we are simulating a daily/weekly GFS rotation. We've a total of 2.45TB of data.
Going on the real, deduplicated size, accessibile on the disk properties shows instead a mere 379GB of space used. That is nearly a 85% ratio!
You can find all the necessary informations and how-to's in our VSquare Wiki pages. Find below our full patch notes with also all the fixes that were added.
Version 1.2 patch notes
- Enterprise and Corporate users can now use Real-time data deduplication on every backup. Please see our wiki documents on how to configure and setup Deduplication Service.
- Fixed a mail delivery bug preventing some messages to be delivered trough SSL connection.
- Virtual machines using Distribute Virtual Switches are now supported for both backup and restore.
- Every backup can now be powerd on straight from the Administration Console if you have VMWare Workstation Player intalled and at least a Professional Plan.
- Unsupported disk devices are now correctly skipped on every vcenter refresh
- Free ESXi : If VMWare is not configured on a standard port, the correct port number is now added to ESXi free backup command
- Fixed a generic localization error that would prevent non-english Hosts to be shown as empty
- Fixed a resource reading error that would skip SCSI disks when reading virtual machines configuration
- Fixed an error preventing a full snapshot to be taken for specifc machine types
- The "keep only the last X backups" setting should now be correctly saved and displayed.
- File level restore now supports also NTFS partitions created as 'Windows Basic Data' partiton.
- ESXi Free restore will now correctly rollback if the target virtual machine cannot be created for any reason.
- ESXi Free restore can now specify to reastore a disk as thick
- Fixed a bug preventing proper file restore when 2 different partitions would contain the exact same folder structure on the same virtual disk
- Manage section buttons have been better labelled and adjusted to incrase readability.
- Server-side updates have been upgraded with multiple consinstency checks to account for slow or unavailable networks.
- You can now turn on and off automatic updates from the task settings dialog.
- Administration Console process is now automatically killed by VSquare before applying any patch to ensure full update distribution.