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Article · Oct 22, 2015

A closer look at Carbonite Server Advanced with Bare Metal Restore

A closer look at Carbonite Server Advanced with Bare Metal Restore

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The newly released Carbonite Server Backup offers a host of features designed to allow small businesses to recover from disasters and data-loss incidents in minutes instead of hours or days.

Carbonite Server Advanced and Carbonite Server Advanced Pro Bundle are for small businesses that want to avoid the hefty costs associated with unplanned system downtime and data loss. Along with Carbonite Server Backup, they offer hybrid protection, which means that data is backed up both locally, for speedy recovery, and to the cloud, for the ultimate in peace of mind.

Here’s a quick look at some of the key technical features of Carbonite Server Advanced and Carbonite Server Advanced Pro Bundle:

Bare Metal Restore
One of the important new features of Carbonite Server Advanced and Carbonite Server Advanced Pro Bundle is Bare Metal Restore, which allows users to back up entire drives, including operating systems, settings, programs, files and folders while keeping the contents and the information structure completely intact.

A key benefit of bare metal restore is that users can protect an entire machine with a single backup set. But the biggest benefit is that users have the ability to restore to a machine that is in a bare metal state. In other words, users can restore to a machine that doesn’t have any pre-installed software or an operating system, even if it’s dissimilar hardware.

Carbonite Server Backup with Bare Metal Restore

To perform a Bare Metal Restore, the user simply needs to boot the machine to the recovery media that was created when configuring the software. Once inside the recovery media, navigate to the location of the backups, select the correct location and choose the point in time that the user wants to restore from. Once the restore is complete, users only need to verify the configurations before they’re back up and running.

Carbonite Server Backup with Bare Metal Restore

The average cost of an hour of downtime for a small-to-midsize business (SMB) ranges from $8,220 to $25,600, according to research firm IDC. Restoring an operating system, reinstalling programs, and then recovering data can take more than 24 hours. But with Bare Metal Restore, users can have a business up and running again in a fraction of that time.

Virtualization support
Carbonite Server Backup and Carbonite Server Advanced can back up physical and virtual machines alike. They offer protection for all leading hypervisors including Hyper-V, vSphere, XenServer and cloud instances.

SMBs running Hyper-V can install Carbonite once at the hypervisor level and to protect all of their virtual machines. Those using VMWare can protect those VMs as if they weren’t virtualized by installing Carbonite inside the virtual machine.

Granular database protection
In addition to all-encompassing Bare Metal Restore, Carbonite Server Advanced offers Granular Database Recovery. This means that users can back up and restore databases, or even individual Exchange mailboxes, without having to restore an entire system image.

Advanced encryption for security and compliance
Whether or not you’re in a regulated industry, the security of your data is your top priority. Carbonite uses advanced encryption both at rest and in flight to protect your data from malicious threats.

  • 256-bit private key encryption option
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) transport security
  • Minimum 128-bit encryption by default
  • Support for FERPA, GLBA and HIPAA compliance
  • Certified compliance with SOC 2 (SAS 70) standards

Support for key applications and databases
All versions of support a wide range of applications and databases that small businesses depend on, including:

  • Windows NTFS and ReFS file systems
  • Windows System State (including Registry & Active Directory)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014, 2012, 2008, 2005 and 2000
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2003
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013, 2010, MOSS 2007, WSS 3.0
  • MySQL Server 5.x and above
  • Oracle Server 11i, 11g and above
  • Hyper-V (Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2)
  • Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online


Mark Brunelli

Senior Writer

Mark Brunelli is a Senior Writer on the Corporate Marketing team at Carbonite. He blogs about Carbonite happenings and IT industry trends.

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