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Barracuda Backup Server 990

Provides Local Disk-Based Data Backup and Deduplication.

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The Barracuda Backup Server 990 is a powerful appliance installed onsite to provide full local backup of current and historical data, high backup performance and fast network-based local restores.
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» 16 TB Backup Volume
» 33 TB Internal Capacity
» 3U Rackmount Chassis
» 1xGigabit Ethernet

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Features & Benefits of Barracuda Backup Server 990

A solid data backup and recovery plan is crucial for any organization, regardless of the industry or business size. As part of that plan, organizations need to have a solution in place to ensure that data is protected and easily accessible when it is needed.

Complete Data Backup Solution

The Barracuda Backup Service combines automatic local data backup via the Barracuda Backup Server with secure online backup to two redundant data centers in separate geographic locations. The Barracuda Backup Service copies data from any computer or storage platform and provides fast local storage and restores. The Barracuda Backup Service safely maintains backup data offsite using efficient replication techniques designed to conserve bandwidth and minimize the cost of disaster recovery. Other capabilities include:

  • » Automatic Backups. Administrators set the schedule for how often backups should run throughout the day. This eliminates the risks associated with manual backup.
  • » File System Support. The Barracuda Backup Server supports a flexible range of connectivity options for backing up data from network file systems including CIFS (Windows), SSHFS (Mac and Linux/Unix) and NCP (Novell).
  • » Windows System Support. Backup agent software is included with the Barracuda Backup Service to capture System State backups of servers running Windows Server 2003 & 2008 (standard, enterprise and SBS editions), Windows Storage Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows XP.
  • » Exchange Support. Backup agent software is included with the Barracuda Backup Service to backup Microsoft Exchange Server 2000, 2003 and 2007.
  • » Microsoft SQL Server Support. Backup agent software is included with the Barracuda Backup Service to backup Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008.
  • » Full Local Backup. The Barracuda Backup Server offers sufficient storage for a complete copy of an organization's current and historical data.
  • » Fast Local Restore. Administrators can restore data directly from the Barracuda Backup Server at local network speeds. This is the quickest way to recover lost data or recreate historical data.
  • » Secure, Redundant Replication. Multiple layers of encryption, including AES 256-bit, protect the integrity of data transferred offsite. Barracuda Networks' two offsite data centers use highly redundant disk-based hardware in a fully encrypted and secure format.
  • » Alert Notifications. The Barracuda Backup Service automatically provides email alerts to administrators when service issues are detected. Notifications are sent when errors or file warnings are detected in backups or, when files are missing.
  • » Regulatory Compliance. The Barracuda Backup Service encompasses the security requirements to cover a wide range of industry-specific regulations, such as HIPAA for the healthcare industry, and Gramm-Leach-Bliley for financial organizations.

Secure Offsite Backup

Unlike other vendors, the Barracuda Backup Service makes three backup copies of an organization's primary data: one local backup and two offsite data backups to geographically-separate data centers. To ensure the security and integrity of an organization's offsite data, Barracuda Networks has equipped both data centers with on-premises security teams, restricted visitor access, alarm systems, advanced fire suppression systems, distributed redundant power and carrier-class diverse routed Internet connections. In the event of a disaster recovery situation, the offsite backup storage provides an easy way to restore critical information. The monthly Barracuda Backup Subscription provides full 24x7 service and technical support for the offsite data copies.

Advanced and Efficient Technology

The Barracuda Backup Service maximizes storage capacity, controls data requiring backup, and ensures fast and easy data restoration.

  • » Data Deduplication. Using advanced technology, the Barracuda Backup Service reduces the storage and transfer requirements for backups by analyzing each file and only transferring and archiving new bit sequences. This advanced deduplication technology is applied within a single file's revision history as well as across the entire backup volume. Deduplication is also applied between data sets from multiple locations.
  • » Backup Selection and Connections. The Barracuda Backup Service offers granular control to identify network volumes or limited areas within a network volume for backup. The Barracuda Backup Service uses standard network protocol connections, such as CIFs and NFS to access data.
  • » Scalable. The Barracuda Backup Service can be configured to backup as much or as little data as needed. A single Barracuda Backup Server is capable of managing regular backups for several terabytes of changing information. To store an even greater amount of data, administrators can deploy multiple Barracuda Backup Servers. The amount of data that the Barracuda Backup Service can store, both locally and offsite, is limitless.
  • » Diverse Restore Methods. Data is easy to restore using any of the following methods, including:
    1. » Barracuda Restore Client for Windows
    2. » FTP from Barracuda Backup Server
    3. » FTPS from Barracuda Central
    4. » Barracuda Backup Web interface
    5. » Shipment of restored data from Barracuda Networks (for an additional fee)
  • » Change Detection Backup and Rate Control. Utilizing efficient technology to detect file changes, the Barracuda Backup Service supports scheduled backups as often as every few minutes for constant data protection. Separately, the Barracuda Backup Service enables control over the rate at which data is replicated to the offsite locations throughout the day. The rate control feature provides for the preservation of Internet bandwidth during peak usage and optimizes offsite backup transfers during daily non-peak hours.

Robust Policy Management

The Barracuda Backup Service includes numerous features to manage data retention and streamline the storage of essential files.

  • » Flexible Data Retention. The Barracuda Backup Service provides policy management to streamline complex data retention requirements. Administrators can set in-depth policies, specifying the retention of selected files or broader data based on daily, weekly, monthly or annual time intervals.
  • » Litigation Readiness. Retention policies using the Barracuda Backup Service assists organizations in discovery requests by simplifying the retention and reproduction of electronic data.
  • » File Watch Rules. File watch rules send warning notifications when specified files have not been modified often enough or appear smaller than expected. Administrators are alerted if third-party backup software used to schedule backup files either fails or if the file appears to be of insufficient size.
  • » Exclusion Rules. To control critical data storage, administrators have the option of creating directory-based or file extension exclusions. Common exclusions include music, movies or other files deemed non-essential to the organization.

Simple Administration

The Barracuda Backup Service features a Web interface, creating an intuitive administration tool. The Web interface allows users to define, manage and control backup settings.

  • » Web Interface. The integrated Web interface makes it easy to manage and back up data on the Barracuda Backup Server. The Web interface provides access and control of settings, reports, restores, statistics and account information in order to manage multiple deployed Barracuda Backup Servers and Barracuda Backup Subscriptions across multiple locations.
  • » Reports and Statistical Graphs. The Barracuda Backup Service offers reports for managing backups and understanding the information stored on the local or offsite backups. Using the Web interface, a health monitor displays graphs of the Barracuda Backup Server and offsite storage conditions.

Model Comparison

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Model 690
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Model 990
Barracuda Backup Server 990

Suggested Backup Volume250 GB500 GB1 TB2 TB4 TB8 TB16 TB
Internal Capacity500 GB1 TB2 TB4 TB8 TB16 TB36 TB
Form FactorDesktop1U Mini1U Mini1U1U2U3U
Dimensions (in.)16.8x1.7x916.8 x 1.7 x 10.416.8x1.7x1417.2x1.7x19.817.2x1.7x19.817.4x3.5x25.517.2x5.2x25.5
Weight (lbs.)891226265276
Gigabit Ethernet1xGigabit1xGigabit1xGigabit1xGigabit2xGigabit2xGigabit2xGigabit
10Gb Ethernet     10 GB Optional10 GB Copper or Fiber
Disk Arrangement1 x 500GB1 x 1 TB2 x 2 TB4 x 2TB4 x 4TB8 x 4TB16 x 3TB
AC Input Current (Amps @ 120V).
Redundant Disk Array (RAID) RAID 1RAID 10RAID 10HW RAID 10HW RAID 60
Redundant Power Supplies  Hot SwappableHot Swappable
Swappable DisksSwappableSwappableHot SwappableHot Swappable
Unified Management InterfaceBarracuda Cloud Control
Barracuda Backup AgentWindows File System & System State, Bare Metal Recovery, Microsoft Applications (Exchange, SQL & SharePoint), Linux
Network Backups IncludedNAS, SAN, Unix, Linux, Mac OS X
Virtual EnvironmentsVMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V
DeduplicationIn-line and Block-level
Offsite Vaultingavailableavailableavailableavailableavailableavailableavailable
Local and Cloud LiveBootavailableavailableavailableavailableavailableavailableavailable
Cloud Replicationavailableavailableavailableavailableavailableavailableavailable
Site-to-Site ReplicationSenderSender and Receiver
Barracuda Backup-as-a-ServiceAvailable as a Subscription ServiceNot Available

Barracuda Backup Server FAQs

What is the Barracuda Backup Service?

The Barracuda Backup Service is an affordable, integrated local and offsite data backup and disaster recovery solution. The Barracuda Backup Service combines an onsite appliance with a monthly subscription that replicates data offsite. Combining local and offsite storage provides the best of both worlds – onsite backups for the fastest restore times and secure, offsite storage for disaster recovery.

Why do I need a backup solution?

Equipment storing information can fail. Backup, whether it is local or offsite, maintains a redundant copy of an organization’s valuable data in the event of a system failure or natural disaster as well as retains data to fulfill compliance requirements and litigation requests. With the additional copy of data, IT administrators gain the ability to easily search or restore important files. A backup solution for data restores is an integral part of an organization’s disaster recovery plan.

Why can't I use tape or an external hard drive for backups? What are the benefits of a combined local and offsite backup solution?

Tapes require the manual management of scheduling backups. Hard drives only create one instance of your data. Whether using tapes or hard drives, the stored data has no means to minimize file duplications and does not possess revision history to select the correct historical version to revert back to. Another burden is the need to regularly transport data offsite for a secondary copy in the event of a system failure or disaster.

In comparison, an integrated local and offsite backup solution is easy to manage with automatic backups based on a set time or changes made to files, as well as the secure transfer of data offsite for disaster recovery.

Why should I use a dedicated hardware appliance for my backups?

There are several advantages to using a hardware appliance to conduct automated data backups and offsite replication. A hardware appliance created for backup, like the Barracuda Backup Server, is a purpose-built appliance that enables centralized management of backup connections to multiple devices and provides the local storage necessary to keep a primary backup copy onsite for fast recovery in the majority of data loss scenarios.

Software backup solutions need installation and management on every server they protect, plus requires the administration and support of additional hardware to provide recommended local storage of the backup data. Unlike many software solutions, the Barracuda Backup Server protects data using standard networking protocols from computers running a wide range of operating systems. Other benefits of using a hardware appliance for backups include the dedicated processing power to increase efficiency through deduplication and compression, reduction of load on production servers by not having to run backup software and the creation of a dedicated restore device on your local network.

How is the Barracuda Backup Service different than other product offerings?

The Barracuda Backup Service creates a local copy of protected data and efficiently transfers the data offsite without additional burden to production servers. The offsite storage is monitored and managed by Barracuda Central as part of the monthly Barracuda Backup Subscription. With three secure copies of data and six methods to restore an organization’s assets, the Barracuda Backup Service is a comprehensive, flexible and efficient solution to achieve your disaster recovery needs.

Is the Barracuda Backup Service safe?

Yes. The Barracuda Backup Service utilizes an aggressive security combination of symmetrical and asymmetrical encryption to keep your data stored in a format that nobody but you can access. The United States government recently approved 192-bit AES encryption as the preferred method for protecting top secret information. The Barracuda Backup Service starts with the even more secure 256-bit AES encryption level. Your data is secured by this aggressive encryption methodology both while being transferred offsite and during its storage at Barracuda Central.

Where is my data stored with the Barracuda Backup Service?

Data backups are stored in three places with the Barracuda Backup Service. The Barracuda Backup Server maintains the first copy of your backup locally and at the location of the origin of your data, enabling rapid restores as needed. The Barracuda Backup Server also securely transfers your data to two geographically separated data centers at Barracuda Central, where the data is stored on redundant disk hardware for disaster recovery.

What are the six ways to restore data from the Barracuda Backup Service?

Data is easy to restore using any of the following methods, including:
  1. Barracuda Restore Client for Windows
  2. FTP from Barracuda Backup Server
  3. FTPS from Barracuda Central
  4. Barracuda Backup Web interface
  5. 24/7 Barracuda Technical Support restore assistance
  6. Shipment of restored data from Barracuda Networks

Can the Barracuda Backup Service help achieve compliance with common regulations?

Yes. The Barracuda Backup Service addresses the security requirements necessary to support compliance with a wide range of industry-specific regulations such as HIPAA for the healthcare industry, and Gramm-Leach-Bliley for financial organizations.

Does the Barracuda Backup Service help in retaining and reproducing data for litigation requests?

Yes. Retention policies using Barracuda Backup Service assists organizations in preparing for discovery requests by simplifying the retention and reproduction of electronic data. The flexible data retention options with the Barracuda Backup Service allow you to enforce specific specific policies for your various types of data.

What if I have more questions or want to see an online demo of the Barracuda Backup Service?

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