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New Version of esXpress Supports vSphere

PHD Virtual Technologies, maker of the esXpress backup solution, are today announcing the availability of the latest version of their backup product. esXpress version 3.6 offers support for VMware vSphere 4 and, according to PHD Virtual, also offers improvements for all versions of VMware ESX since version 3.0.2.

esXpress 3.6 features a new deduplication engine that provides substantial new performance levels, based on information provided by PHD Virtual. For example:

  • File-level restores are now up to four times faster
  • Image-level restores are up to twice as fast
  • Initial backups are up to twice as fast

esXpress performs source-side deduplication at the block level to help reduce backup storage requirements and help keep WAN traffic to a minimum when backing up over a WAN.

It’s unclear to me whether esXpress leverages any new vSphere-specific features, like Changed Block Tracking, in the new release. PHD Virtual has committed to providing a review copy for me to run in the lab; once I’ve had the chance to “kick the tires,” so to speak, I’ll post more information here.

More details are available from PHD Virtual’s web site.

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