SmartFiler Backup Appliance
The SmartFiler Backup Appliances are simple to use and provide secure and reliable data backup, both onsite as well as offsite. The unique design of SmartFiler Backup Appliances enables any small and medium business to own their offsite backup solution. By using a SmartFiler onsite at the office paired with an Offsite SmartFiler at a remote location of your choice (Home, Branch Office, Data Center, etc.), you have total control of your offsite backup solution as opposed to storing data at unknown locations offered by online backup vendors. Backing up and recovering huge volumes of data using an online backup service is impractical (The practical maximum limit for online backup is about 10GB to 20GB). In addition, using SmartFiler Backup Appliance solution you save the monthly service charges of an online backup service.
The SmartFiler Backup Appliances are used as a pair to provide onsite and offsite data backup. Once paired, the two SmartFilers create a secure private tunnel (like VPN) between them to communicate and transfer data. Data transfer between the onsite and offsite SmartFilers is always encrypted. The offsite SmartFiler can be stored anywhere with internet access.
In addition to nightly and weekly backups, SmartFiler Backup Appliance can also be configured to take hourly snapshots of selected data. This enables instant recovery of data from any snapshot during the day, instead of previous night's backup. This point-in-time data recovery is a powerful feature that was available only for big enterprises, until the SmartFiler Backup Appliance was introduced.
The key features of the SmartFiler Backup Appliance that blows away the competition and makes it your smart choice for secure data backup are:
- Ability to backup large amounts of initial data backup without depending on your ISP and internet connection speeds. (Compare 63 days for online backup of 1TB of data at T1 connection speeds vs. Under 1 day to backup the same 1TB of data to an Offsite SmartFiler on a Gigabit LAN)
- Ability to quickly restore huge volumes of data; same time comparisons above apply!
- No monthly service charges for offsite/online backups. With an online backup service, such as Barracuda Backup Service, you could pay as much as $500 per month for 1TB offsite backup.
- Affordable – Low cost of ownership compared to other solutions (Under $5000 for 3 years of ownership of 1 TB SmartFiler solution vs over $20,000 using Barracuda Backup service)
SmartFiler Backup Appliance comes in various models and storage capacity to meet your needs. To have an offsite backup, in addition to an onsite backup, you need two SmartFiler Backup Appliances, but they need not be identical models. You may choose a desk model (SFB1000) for onsite and a rack mount model (SFB1200R) for offsite. Each SmartFiler Backup appliance is pre-configured either as an Onsite or an Offsite appliance.