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Bare Metal Backup and Recovery for Small Business Networks

Which BMBR Product Is Best For You?

If you're working on a very limited budget, Paragon's Drive Backup 6.0 is a good choice. It does solid image backups and both bare metal and individual file recoveries of local drives. Bare metal backup and recovery are easy. As the table below indicates, Drive Backup doesn't have some of the bells and whistles you'll find in Retrospect or LiveUpdate Recovery, but it only costs $99.95.

The Windows Small Business Server Premium 7 version of EMC Dantz Retrospect is a very good value. It backs up to disk and tape, allows recovery of individual files and bare metal recovery. It also includes agents for backing up the versions of SQL Server and Exchange that come with Windows Small Business server. Add to that its ability to backup network attached workstations and wizard-driven easy-to-use interfaces, and its $749 MSRP looks pretty good.

Symantec's LiveState Recovery lacks backup to tape and agents for SQL Server and Exchange, but it does allow sophisticated backup and bare metal or discrete file recovery. LiveState Recovery's interfaces for backup and recovery are easy to use. The product is the most costly at $1149 per server, but its event-driven incremental backup capabilities and Symantec pedigree make it a product you should look at closely if you have the budget to support it.

Product Features And Prices

ProductEMC Dantz Retrospect Windows Small Business Server 7 Standard and PremiumParagon Drive Backup Professional 6.0Symantec LiveState Recovery Advanced Server
Server Operating SystemsWindows Small Business Server 2000 and 2003Windows NT 4, 2000 and 2003NT 4, Windows 2000 and 2003
Runs as Windows ServiceYesNo (Scheduled using Windows Scheduler.)Yes
Networked Workstation Operating Systems Backed UpWindows XP, 2000, NT 4, 95, 98, ME, Mac OS 7.1 or later; Mac OS X 10.1 or later; Red Hat Linux, SUSE LINUX and Solaris (File backup only, BMBR optional.)None [However, can be used on each workstation.]None [However, a separate product, LiveState Recovery Desktop can be used on each workstation.]
SQL and Exchange Server Backup AgentsYes (Premium Version)No (Can backup and recover whole disk partition if SQL or Exchange services are stopped.)Windows 2003 Volume Shadow Copy snapshot service supported for Windows 2003, Exchange 2003 and SQL Server 2005 databases.
Disk/Tape BackupDisk and Tape (Support for advanced tape devices is optional.)DiskDisk
Bare Metal Disk Image RecoveryYesYesYes
Discrete File RecoveryYesYesYes
Supports RAID Bare Metal RecoveryYesYesYes
Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price and URLStandard: $499; Premium: $749 [Includes workstations connected to server; bare metal client optional.] Also, check out EMC Dantz's Multi Server product with a base price of $1,299.Professional: $99.95$1,194/ per server