Exciting times are at hand here at StorageCraft. Today is the day we release StorageCraft ShadowProtect 5, StorageCraft ImageManager 6, StorageCraft Cloud Services and the new StorageCraft MSP Portal. Having participated in several partner webinars preparing our channel for the release, I can tell you our customer base is looking forward to the new technologies we are releasing today. Here are a few highlights of the things are customers are talking about most:
StorageCraft ImageManager 6
Garnering a lot of attention is a new ability to send incrementals directly offsite while seeding a base image to StorageCraft Cloud Services or a private cloud. With this new feature in StorageCraft ImageManager 6, partners can use a hard drive to seed all existing images within a managed folder to the cloud while simultaneously replicating new incremental images to the cloud. The benefit is no longer having a large queue of incremental files waiting for a base image to be populated before they can be sent. With our new release, ImageManager will send the incrementals so that they can “marry-up” with the base image when it is populated offsite.
StorageCraft Cloud Services
Decremental Chain Technology, the technology that enables quick virtualization of StorageCraft Cloud backup images, continues to impress our partners. This new technology keeps the newest full backup at the front of the backup chain enabling quick virtualization. Our partners have been impressed with our ability to get them to a virtual machine (VM) created from their StorageCraft Cloud Services backup image in literally seconds.
StorageCraft ShadowProtect 5
It is hard for us here at StorageCraft to avoid having biased opinions of StorageCraft ShadowProtect. “Love” is the only word I can use to express how I feel about this product. This continually reliable backup agent still does everything users expect it to do, plus now it accommodates backup images of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 devices. Most notable for our customers has been the addition of ImageReady technology. ImageReady technology lets users automatically mount backup images and run custom scripts to verify application and data integrity.
It’s not at all surprising that our customers get most excited when we demonstrate our recovery technologies. As mentioned earlier, Decremental Chain Technology, which enables StorageCraft Cloud recoveries, has impressed our partners this week. It is just another tool we offer to enable quick recovery. Local backup images can be spun up into virtual machines (VMs) using VirtualBoot technology free inside StorageCraft ShadowProtect. Users of StorageCraft ImageManager can also add a HeadStart Restore license to pre-stage a VM for any device being backed up so they are ready in advance of a disaster. And, finally users can deploy a Hardware Independent Restore to restore a backup image to new hardware (similar or dis-similar) or to virtual environments. It has been exciting seeing these technologies demonstrated this week as I debuted our new products. I think (and hope) our partners liked it as much as I did.
Would you like to learn more about these new products? Contact your StorageCraft Channel Sales Manager today or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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