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UltraBac Refreshes Backup Software

UltraBac Software has released the second installment of planned incremental upgrades to its flagship UltraBac 7.0 backup and disaster recovery software. The new version, 7.0.3, builds in encryption, compression, improved back-up granularity and administrative enhancements.

UltraBac completely rewrote its seven-year-old backup software for version 7.0 with a Microsoft DCOM foundation. That version came out in April. In August, UltraBac put out version 7.0.2, which added FTP servers and Tivoli Storage Manager as target locations for backed-up files. While the product focuses on Windows servers and workstations, the company has agents for Unix, Linux, NetWare, Oracle, SQL Server and Exchange Server.

The new version adds Blowfish encryption with an encryption key that can be set as high as 1016 characters. According to UltraBac, sending encrypted backup traffic will help customers comply with information protection provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

A new feature automatically compresses backup files on remote servers and workstations before they are sent across the network to the centralized backup machine. Compressing the files has reduced backup times and cut network traffic, UltraBac says.

Version 7.0.3 users now have the option of turning on a feature called "Single File Restore." When enabled, the feature allows users to bring back a single file from an image, which can be saved to any UNC path or tape device.

The Remote Install feature is designed to help administrators centralize the installation or updating of UltraBac. An administrator can select target servers and workstations from the central console and click a setup.exe file to have the UltraBac product pushed to the remote boxes and installed.

The starting price of $495 per server includes a license to back up an unlimited number of workstations.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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