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Idera SQL safe - box pack

Mfg. Part: ISF-001 | CDW Part: 1050014 | UNSPSC: 43232804
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Product Overview
Main Features
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Idera's SQLsafe provides a high-performance backup and recovery solution for Microsoft SQL Server. Designed to meet the needs of enterprise-scale SQL Server implementations, SQLsafe provides fast-compressed and secure-encrypted backup, reduced storage costs, automated multi-server backup management, enterprise manageability and reduced mean time to recovery. From implementations with tens of SQL servers to enterprises with thousands of servers spread around the globe, SQLsafe is the only SQL Server backup and recovery solution that scales to meet the challenge.

SQL Server today has become a critical component in many organizations' computing infrastructure. SQL Server DBAs need a powerful backup and recovery solution that reduces the time required to execute the backup process, reduces storage requirements, enables backups to be managed across large numbers of servers simultaneously and provides for rapid recovery in the event of an emergency. SQLsafe has been specifically designed to meet these requirements, resulting in increased application and business availability for your critical SQL Server infrastructure.

Technical Specifications
Specifications are provided by the manufacturer. Refer to the manufacturer for an explanation of the print speed and other ratings.
System Requirements
Min Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000 SP2 or later , Microsoft Windows Server 2003 , Microsoft Windows XP SP1 or later
Peripheral Interface Devices: SVGA monitor
Platform: Windows
Software Requirements: Microsoft SQL Server 2000

Software
Distribution Media: Download
License Category: Shrinkwrap
License Qty: 1 user
License Type: Box pack
Min Supported Color Depth: 8-bit (256 colors)

Header
Brand: Idera
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: Idera Software
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Idera SQL safe

Miscellaneous
Package Type: Retail

System Requirements Details
Min Hard Drive Space: 40 MB
Min RAM Size: 512 MB
Processor Speed: 1 GHz
Processor Type: Pentium

General
Category: Utilities
Subcategory: Utilities - desktop backup / compression / archiving

Product Reviews
Rated 2 out of 5 by 1reviewer.
Rated 2 out of 5 by You can't see any metrics about how long it took you to backup the entire server. We've had a huge reduction in the nightly backup footprint size. Valuable Features:Compression of standard backups is quite good and speed is pretty good too. I want to add additional comments here after the product has been in production use for 6 months - the total footprint of our backups has reduced drastically. It is far better than the native SQL compressed backup utility, and even though we are seeing approximately 1.4 : 1 de-duplication ratio (using compression at Level 3) we've saved so much space that we still have more than 33% free space on our backup appliances.Improvements to My Organization:We've had a huge reduction in the nightly backup footprint size, even though it doesn't de-duplicate very well on the ExaGrid backup appliances. We've saved quite literally terabytes of space on our appliances.Room for Improvement:Idera treats a backup of a SQL Server as if it is essentially a single backup job of each individual database. You can't see any metrics about how long it took you to backup the entire server. It doesn't handle restoration to different drives very easily, and it won't create folder structures if they don't exist already. It cannot be used to implement replication on another instance without first converting files back into SQL Server .bak files. There appears to be LOTs of shortcomings. [All of these short-comings are still very much present even after 6 months of feedback to Idera. No solution is in sight.]Use of Solution:We've been testing this product out since October 2015.Deployment Issues:When using compression on backups, it does not generate the exact same sized compressed file twice in a row even on a static database and dedicated test server...therefore it inhibits de-duplication of data on backup appliances.It does not provide any useful method of backing up an entire server instance and porting it to another server elsewhere which may be configured with different drive structure. It doesn't even pull the default data/log file locations from the Server properties when selecting the MOVE FILE option on a restore.We have frequent needs to move around or replicate entire database servers, and this product isn't tailored to support anything but single database backup and recovery operations.Stability Issues:Other than licensing issues being required for different domains, it has been relatively stable.Scalability Issues:Not so far, but we've only started using it on 4 of around 110 servers so far. We have our hands full trying to shake out many issues in order to keep it running in production mode so far.Customer Service:Poor. Still waiting (for 2 weeks now) to learn who our 3rd sales/customer representative will be. We've needed additional licenses to implement the product on our DMZ and still haven't gotten them. Not sure what the high turn-over rate bodes for us.Technical Support:Pretty good as far as "how to" questions/issues, but absolutely terrible beyond that. No explanation in last 2 months about why it produces a different size backup file when using a fixed compression level. Numerous bugs have been reported. Support says that we will be placed on "interested party" list for fixes released in the future. For a supposedly mature product, it lacks basic functionality that the built-in Microsoft SQL Server backup/restore programs provide and being told we'll be added to interested party list isn't very satisfying.Previous Solutions:Only the SQL Server built-in utility.Initial Setup:Somewhat complex, but okay I suppose.Implementation Team:In-house teams only.ROI:A lot less than anticipated because we had hoped that we'd see much better de-duplication rates from our ExaGrid appliance. We don't see them because SQL Safe produces different sized backup files with every run.Cost and Licensing Advice:I'd look around at other alternatives if you have a choice.Other Solutions Considered:Remember to test out full backup and restore of a entire server to see if you like the way it works. Also - make sure that don't use this product if you have to run transactional replication - SQL Server doesn't work with .SAFE file types and running the Idera conversion utility took 5 times longer to create SQL backup file from a SAFE backup file than it does to just take the backup in SQL Server mode to begin with.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 11, 2016
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