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SQL Cloud Backup 2013 announcement

March 04, 2013

Intelligent Database Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce SQL Cloud Backup 2013, a new version of our SQL backup tool for SQL Server 2005-2012 databases. This new version will be faster, safer, more efficient, and easier to use than ever. It will offer a host of new features and improvements validated through rigorous beta testing.

Our innovative new “Set it and forget it” feature will provide a convenient, user-friendly means of controlling and monitoring your backups that only has to be configured once and doesn’t require any complicated SQL coding. This feature will perform scheduled backups, delete outdated backups, upload backups to the cloud, and verify them with an additional checksum comparison. You will also be able to set up email alerts, so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that if something does go wrong, you’ll be alerted immediately. You’ll also have the option of setting up a weekly backup summary.

A key feature will be offsite backup to the cloud to insure the safety of your data. You will always have access to your local backup, but your data will also be backed up to our proprietary cloud, in triplicate, on multiple disks and servers, just in case there is a problem. The servers will be connected through a gigabit link providing high-speed data transmission to and from the cloud.

Another key improvement will be data deduplication of full backups on both the local disk and the cloud. Instead of backing up the entire database at each scheduled backup, this feature will allow incredible storage savings by backing up only the new data from each backup. In a typical use scenario, with a 50GB database that has a 100MB daily data turnover and daily scheduled backups, after the initial 50GB backup, subsequent backups will only require 100MB a day, instead of a full 50GB for each daily backup required by the current version. And backups will be automatically compressed for even greater space savings. This means that 30 days worth of daily backups will require just 26.5GB, instead of 1.5TB – an enormous savings in data storage space and costs.

Other new features will make it possible to create differential and transaction log backup, in addition to the full backups supported by the current version, to create multiple backup schedules for a single SQL server, to send error notifications and summary reports through the SQL Cloud Backup notification service (without SMTP server setup), to specify expirations for backups uploaded to the cloud, and provide superior backup event and error tracking notification capabilities.