Barracuda develops a number of different types of server backup software that are ideal for small and midsize businesses. Yosemite Server Backup Plus is one of the company's best programs because it has the ability to back up and restore Windows, Linux, SharePoint, SQL databases and virtual machines. You can also perform bare metal disaster recovery, support robotic tape libraries, compress backup files and encrypt data. The overall ease of use is average, which means that you don't need to be an IT expert, but you should have some technical aptitude with servers.
Yosemite Server Backup Plus compressed our test data by 25 percent, which is 7 percent above average. This means that if you back up a 1TB hard drive, the backed-up data would require 750GB of storage. For comparison, the best compression rate in our test was 35 percent. However, compression rates vary according to file type and existing compression, so you may experience different results. Each product we tested compressed the same data, so the results are a comparative example of what Yosemite can do.
One of the features that sets Yosemite apart from most server backup software is the three encryption options. You have the option to encrypt data at 56-bit, 128-bit or 256-bit. Most server backup software programs in our review only have one encryption option, if they have one at all. Having three options allows you to customize your encryption levels to the sensitivity of the data. For the most sensitive data, you should encrypt at the 256-bit level, which is military-grade encryption. However, encrypting your backup sets will take longer than a non-encrypted backup set. So encrypting data at the lower levels allows you to have encryption for less-sensitive data without taking as long.
One of the downsides to Yosemite Server Backup Plus is the lack of a deduplication feature. You'll find this feature with most server backup software. It's a relatively minor feature that simply scans the backed-up data and eliminates duplicate files, saving storage space on your backup server. Duplicating files is common, especially if you have a diversified backup strategy.
The server software only requires 512MB of RAM, according to the manufacturer. This is the second-lowest RAM requirement in our server backup software review. While it's a good rule that another 2GB of RAM should be added to your server for every terabyte of data you're backing up, you can get away with adding just 1GB of RAM with Yosemite. It received an A- for the server-side CPU usage and a B for the client-side CPU usage. It has one of the smallest resource footprints in our review, making it a server backup solution that allows you to run backup sets while other applications are running at the same time.
In ease of use, Yosemite Backup Server Plus received a B for the interface and the installation, backup and restore features. This means that there's nothing exceptionally easy about the software, but nothing exceptionally difficult either. Our tester, who simulated a user with some experience but not an IT expert, found nothing eventful with the interface or the backup and restore features. You shouldn't run into any significant issues, so long as you're not a novice user with little technical aptitude or experience with servers.
Using the management console, you can easily monitor every task, job, status and license. The software lets you verify files against originals, create bootable discs and copy media. It can even automatically control robotic tape loaders and send email alerts if any errors occur or a backup fails. Yosemite is intuitive enough that it guides you in creating the best tape-rotation strategies for you. The software performs hot backups of Microsoft Exchange files and can recover individual mailboxes.
The cloud integration received a C, which was the only grade for its ease of use that was below average. This is because it doesn't actually integrate with cloud services directly. You have to use a workaround with FTP software if you want to back up directly to a cloud service like Amazon Web Services or Amazon Glacier. However, if you use a physical backup server, then this is not an issue.
The support system includes telephone and email support during extended business hours. You can receive 24/7 telephone and email support, but it costs extra. With the paid support, you have an average emergency response time of 20 minutes, according to Barracuda's support representatives. This is one of the fastest response times in our server backup review. The average is almost four hours, and several software support teams have a response time of 12 hours. If you experience an emergency and need help with the software, this quick response time in invaluable.
Barracuda's Yosemite Server Backup Plus includes everything most small businesses need to back up their handful of servers and email accounts. It supports all types of backup devices. It has an excellent compression rate, and you can protect your data with three encryption options. The software has gone through rigorous updates, real-world testing and version changes to become one of the best server backup software solutions available.
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