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NAKIVO Enables Converting Western Digital NAS into a VM Backup Appliance

On Monday October 12, 2015, NAKIVO released version 5.8 that can be installed directly onto a Western Digital NAS, thus creating a simple, fast, and affordable VM backup appliance, which can be used both onsite and offsite. Here are some of the details:

  • NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5.8 can be installed directly onto Western Digital My Cloud DL series NAS.
  • While NAKIVO Backup & Replication is already on par with or faster than competition in terms of backup performance, we are seeing up to 1.6X performance boost when our product is deployed directly on a Western Digital NAS. This is because backup data is written directly to NAS disks, bypassing file protocols such as NFS and CIFS.
  • NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5.8 can be deployed even on entry-level NAS devices, as the product requires just 2 CPU cores and 1 GB of RAM to be fully operational, and still deliver high backup speeds. For example, the Western Digital DL 2100 NAS with 12 TBs of storage has a list price of less than $850 which is enough for the data backup needs of a typical VMware Essentials environment.
  • When installed on a NAS, NAKIVO Backup & Replication delivers a number of benefits:
    • All-in-one VM data protection – a VM backup appliance combines backup software, data deduplication, and backup hardware in a single solution that is affordable (5X vs. competition), fast (over 1 Gbps backup), reliable (Western Digital + NAKIVO), and easy to manage.
    • Offsite/secondary backup storage – The 3-2-1 backup best practice suggests having 3 copies of data on 2 different media, 1 of which is stored offsite. However, most SMBs either have just one office or have virtual infrastructure only in headquarters. A VM backup appliance can be easily installed anywhere, even if there is no virtual or server infrastructure.
    •  Easy disaster recovery – In case of a disaster, the VM backup appliance can be moved to a new office and used to recover the entire virtual infrastructure.
    • Resource optimization - When a VM backup solution is deployed in a virtual infrastructure, it takes away some of the infrastructure resources (CPU, RAM, network). Being an all-in-one solution, a VM backup appliance uses its own processing capabilities and thus frees up resources for other business needs.
    •  Less VMs to manage – instead of deploying and managing a VM dedicated for data protection, the customer can use an all-in-one VM backup appliance.


This post is brought to you in sponsorship with NAKIVO.

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