Securstore Cloud Backup review

Reviews 19 Dec, 2012

With pricing based purely on the amount of compressed vault storage, Securstore’s Cloud Backup offers a cost–effective and easily deployed off-site data backup and recovery service.

4
Price: 
£200
per month ex VAT for 100GB compressed storage
Verdict: 
Off-site backup doesn’t get any easier than Securstore’s Cloud Backup as it’s simple to use and provides versatile data protection features. VMware support does require a separate Linux host but client and application support is extensive and the simplified pricing structure makes it well suited to SMBs and larger businesses alike.

Pricing for cloud backup services varies considerably with charges based on anything from the number of systems being protected to the total native storage required. Securstore’s Cloud Backup takes a different tack as it bases its pricing on vault usage only after encryption, deduplication and compression have been applied.

There are no limits on the number of systems you can backup and you can keep as many file versions as you want. Securstore is agentless, supports an extensive range of client platforms and includes backup facilities for Microsoft Exchange, SQL server and Oracle. It also supports mobile devices running Android and iOS but these will need an app loaded.

Securstore is powered by Asigra’s Cloud Backup software which we’ve had had running in the lab before so we’re quite familiar with it. It comprises three components and the only two you’ll ever see are the DS-Client and DS-User utilities.

The Cloud Backup DS-User interface provides a single pane for managing and monitoring all clients and backup operations

Deployment

Deploying Cloud Backup is swift as the DS-Client is installed on one Windows system where it loads a SQL 2005 Express instance and runs as a service that links up with the remote backup sites. It manages all backup and restore jobs, data encryption, schedules and data reduction processes.

We loaded it on a Windows 7 system without any problems and licensed it with the file supplied when Securstore set up our account. All backup and restoration is configured from the DS-User utility which links up with the DS-Client service.

DS-User provides a well designed interface but before you start creating backups we recommend setting up email notifications, data retention rules and schedules first. Data retention rules determine how many generations you want to keep and how long files deleted at source should be retained in the vault.

Backup set creation is a swift process and the VSS aware option supports Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and Hyper-V systems as standard

Specifications: 

DS-Client – Windows XP SP2/2003 upwards; SUSE Linux, Red Hat Linux, Mac OS 10.4 upwards

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It's a very good solution and we have been using Securstore for many years. No issues with service or support.

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