The new Iperius Backup version expands its compatibility to embrace Microsoft Office 365 and other popular cloud services and storage providers.

In January 2018 I wrote a comprehensive review of Iperius Backup VM, in which I described the software as an affordable, intuitive, and flexible backup solution for Hyper-V and VMware virtual machines (VMs).

If you haven't read that review, I suggest you do so. Today I'd like to review the new features added to Iperius Backup v5.7.0, released on June 12, 2018.

Exchange Online backup ^

The Microsoft Office 365 software-as-a-service (SaaS) product family, including Exchange Online, represents one of the biggest drivers for companies looking to migrate their on-premises services to the public cloud.

Iperius Backup Exchange now offers Exchange Online as a backup option. Authenticate to Exchange Online using a global administrator account, select which mailboxes to include, and off you go! I show you the interface in the following screenshot:

Exchange Online mailbox backup

Exchange Online mailbox backup

Exchange Server message export ^

In previous Iperius Backup versions, we could back up our entire on-premises Exchange Server database, including all mailboxes. Now we can back up (export) Exchange Server mailboxes as individual Personal Storage Table (.pst) files, which makes for easy granular import in the restore scenario.

Restoring individual Exchange mailboxes

Restoring individual Exchange mailboxes

Compatibility with Aruba Cloud Object Storage ^

Amazon Web Service Simple Storage Service (S3) is arguably the largest and most popular cloud storage platform in the world. AWS made the S3 application programming interfaces (APIs) available to developers many years ago, and many businesses base their solutions on AWS services under the hood.

One of those businesses is Aruba Cloud, the largest Italian cloud hosting provider. Their cloud object storage uses AWS S3, and Iperius v5.7.0 now allows you to add an Aruba Cloud storage account as a cloud backup destination. As you can see in the following screenshot, you connect by using the AWS S3 APIs.

Connecting to Aruba Cloud via AWS S3

Connecting to Aruba Cloud via AWS S3

Compatibility with Wasabi ^

Wasabi Technologies is a high-performance US cloud service provider that offers AWS S3-compatible file storage. Thus, Iperius v5.7.0 enables administrators to use the S3 API methods previously described to use Wasabi storage accounts as backup destinations as well.

Compatibility with ProfitBricks ^

Are we detecting a theme here? Yes, indeed—ProfitBricks is a third cloud service provider offering S3-compatible object storage you can now use with Iperius backup software.

FTPS/TLS support ^

We have been able to use a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) as a backup destination in Iperius Backup for many versions. However, the product now (finally) supports Transport Layer Security (TLS) v1.2.

In fact, we can and should ensure we always use FTP in an encrypted mode:

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  • FTPS: Traditional FTP protected by an SSL/TLS digital certificate
  • SFTP: File-transfer functionality built into the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol
  • Replication: Iperius supports virtual machine replication from host to host and from datastore to datastore. This cloning feature allows you to have an always-ready virtual machine in case of a system failure and therefore a guaranteed failover.
Specifying SFTP in Iperius Backup

Specifying SFTP in Iperius Backup

Wrap-up ^

It seems to me that expanding its compatibility with other public cloud service providers was Iperius' main goal in developing this particular product update. Notice that Iperius Backup is available in different editions: Iperius Freeware, Iperius Desktop (for workstations) and Iperius Server which offers advanced features such as virtual machine backup, database backup, and tape support.

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