What is BackupAssist ER

BackupAssist ER is a backup and recovery product that provides cyber-resilience for your data and business. This means it not only protects your files and servers, it also helps your business recover from adverse cyber-events such as hacking, ransomware and malicious cyber-attacks.

BackupAssist ER was designed from the ground up with these threats in mind and provides cyber-resilience through the implementation of features such as ransomware detection, layered protection, image to the cloud and zero-knowledge encryption.

These features help safeguard your company's future, and each one is explained below.

Layered protection

Our best practice Disk to disk to cloud backup job creates a fast local backup, then replicates that backup to the cloud destination. The local backup is easy and quick to use for file, application and full system recoveries. Having a backup in the cloud, means you also have an offline copy of your data that is insulated from cyber-threats such as ransomware and hacking.

Ransomware detection

CryptoSafeGuard is a built-in feature that protects your backups from ransomware by scanning the data to be backed up for possible signs of ransomware. If a potential infection is found, all backup jobs are blocked from running. CryptoSafeGuard also prevents unauthorized processes from creating, deleting or updating data in your backups.

Zero-knowledge encryption

When you back up to the cloud, your cloud provider will encrypt your data for security. BackupAssist ER provides an additional layer of vendor-independent encryption before the data is sent across the internet. This means the data is protected through the entire process, your cloud provider cannot see your backup files and your data is protected even if your cloud provider's encryption is compromised.

Integrated Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure support

BackupAssist ER has Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure integration out of the box. This means that each of these popular cloud solutions has their own destination configuration screen within BackupAssist ER. And to make it even easier, we provide companion setup guides for AWS and Azure to augment each cloud provider's own documentation.

Flexible backups

Every backup is an incremental image backup that can be used in a bare-metal recovery. All backups jobs are VSS-aware so application-consistent backups are created when backing up Microsoft VSS applications and databases. And if you have backups of servers that no longer use BackupAssist ER, or if a server that BackupAssist ER is installed on is no longer available, any other BackupAssist ER installation can locate those backups and use them in a recovery.

Reverse Incremental

Our imaging engine creates reverse incremental backups, so the latest backup is always the full backup. This means recoveries are faster to run and you are freed from relying on backup “chains”. If a backup is interrupted during the critical reversal process, it will be repaired by the next backup.

Low impact image to cloud

Your live server data is only used to create the fast local backup. The local backup is then replicated to the cloud destination by the same backup job. This means the backup window is minimized, and sending the image over the internet to the cloud has no impact on the live server's availability.

Efficient image to the cloud

When the local backup is replicated to the cloud, it is compressed and deduplicated, minimizing the data that needs to be transferred. The image is also sent in managed chunks so that any interruptions do not endanger the integrity of the data, and you can throttle the transfer speed to minimize any impact on your network.

To learn more, see our Explore BackupAssist ER page.