Upstream Reservoir


Upstream/Reservoir is an open systems backup and recovery system, part of the FDR⁄UPSTREAM family. The original FDR/Upstream system used a mainframe as the central management server, but many sites do not have a mainframe. Upstream Reservoir caters for these customers by using a UNIX, Windows or Linux management server. Upstream Reservoir includes policy based incremental backup, logical file restore, job scheduling and a Java-based director for central administration.

UPSTREAM Reservoir Features

The UPSTREAM Reservoir backup server can reside on x86 Linux, Unix or Windows supported servers, and supported clients include several versions of Windows, Netware, Linux and Unix. See the InnovationDP website for a full, current list.

UPSTREAM supports backup to disk, tape and disk to disk to tape. The backup devices can be any SCSI attached disk, tape drive, tape libraries, or VTS. Disk backups can later be migrated or vaulted to tape for offsite recovery.
UPSTREAM Reservoir provides excellent tape utilization techniques, stacking multiple server or database data onto high capacity tapes, employing client data compression techniques, with the capability of combining multiple server backups to a single tape, or by using Profile Sets, which will consolidate backups from a number of different servers onto a single tape. Multiple disk backups can also be grouped onto a single high capacity tape.

The 'director' interface is a Java based browser that provides web access to the Upstream Reservoir from anywhere on the Network. It provides a central management and reporting interface and can be used to schedule regular or ah-hoc backups and restores.

Backup jobs and other housekeeping processes can be scheduled from the 'dispatcher', or from an external scheduling tool. The Dispatcher allows daily, weekly, monthly and other combinations of scheduling cycles, along with planning for blackout dates

The FDR/Upstream family now includes the FDR/Upstream 'Web Portal' GUI, providing Data Protection Storage administrators using a web hosted environment. The Web Portal can be used to create, schedule and monitor UPSTREAM backups of file systems, databases, Virtualization engines Hyper-V and VMware. Other features include, reporting of Data Protected Storage used, and centrally located Client upgrades.

The 'Job Status / Schedules' tab lets you check the status of all your backup jobs, from any day. From the global view you can drill down to the details of any backup.

A backup job can contain all the clients in a Storage Server, or one or more client systems.

The Web Portal also provides advanced end users the ability to perform file level and BMR type restores.

It is possible to create a full backup by merging a previous full backup with subsequent incrementals by using the Intelligent Full Merge Backup facility. This means that only one first-time full backup is required then all further backups are incrementals. This Full Merge Backups effectively virtualizes a full backup by requiring only changed data from the client, while using previous backups for the remaining unchanged data. All it requires is a directory listing at the point in time when the merge is created.

Backup types include Logical, Differential and Incremental and are selected using a GUI on the client.

UPSTREAM Reservoir supports Pre- and Post-Processing Options and also local and remote D2D Backup. It has open file agent support, and problem files can be globally excluded.
UPSTREAM Reservoir also supports non disruptive online database backups, with agents for DB2 Universal Server, Lotus Notes, SQL Server, Oracle, MS Exchange, SAP, Novell GroupWise and also support for BMC's SQL Backtrack.

UPSTREAM Reservoir offers high performance LAN FREE data transfer across a SAN to either tape or disk, supported on Windows, AIX, intel Linux and Solaris clients. This requires that the client machine be zoned into the same SAN fibre as the Upstream Host server. The Host continues to handle the tape media management, like mounts, dismounts and labeling, while the client manages the tape writes directly to the tape drives

The restore process is also GUI driven.

The FDR/Upstream family includes the FDR⁄UPSTREAM Rescuer for bare metal recovery of Linux OS on IBM Z, x86 Linux, Solaris and AIX and the Upstream Disaster Recovery Manager for Windows

Some other features include silent installation, email event notification and automatic upgrade capability. New servers can be added automatically and disk and tape added dynamically to cater for growth.

FDR/UPSTREAM can be used to backup VMware Virtual Machines. UPSTREAM is installed on a Windows server, either Physical or as a VM, and supports Full VM Backups, Incremental backups and will backup to Disk or Tape. UPSTREAM supports Change Block Tracking (CBT) for incremental backups, and can restore Full VMs either to the original or to a new VM.
UPSTREAM can use the VMware vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP), which means it can use VMware snapshots to take a fast, consistent PIT backup of a VM, then copy the data off to disk or tape later.

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