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Unitrends Enterprise Backup 7.4 offers a software-only solution available as a virtual appliance for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere that incorporates both physical and virtual data protection. So you no longer have to buy and manage two or more separate products to protect your virtual and physical infrastructure, as well as be able to extend that data protection to the cloud.

The 7.4 version enhances the vendor’s Unitrends Recovery-series physical appliances and Unitrends Enterprise Backup virtual appliance to include the following:

VMware Certified Application Recovery (V-CAR)

This integrates ReliableDR (added with the acquisition of PDH Virtual at the end of 2013) with the RS appliances and UEB, enabling you to orchestrate recovery processes directly from data backed up by the UEB or RS appliances. From on premise backups to your DR site, V-CAR assures you of certified recovery of applications while helping to verify SLA compliance. </p>

Unitrends Bridge

Unitrends Bridge is a 1-click P2V capability that transforms your Windows systems into virtual machines. So you can get Windows Instant Recovery (WIR) on physical appliances, along with 1-click P2V capability for external virtualization hosts on physical (RS) and virtual appliances (UEB).

Unified Bare Metal

Unitrends Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) for the Recovery-Series and Unitrends Enterprise Backup products have always been great features, including Meta-Bare Metal technology for unified architectures, introduced first for Cisco UCS. Unified Bare Metal unifies the bare metal backup and master backup so only one backup type is needed.

This gives you big advantages including: increasing retention by over 100%, improving replication performance by over 100%, removing the need to restore a bare metal backup before the file-based backup and allowing you to restore bare metal backups to different size targets.

Enhanced Deduplication for vSphere

Helps you gain huge reductions in backup and replication windows, along with better network utilization, allowing for longer term retention on disk and increased scalability.

Parallel Archiving

This lets you achieve multiple backups at the same time, allowing multiple archive jobs to execute concurrently increasing performance from 50% up to 200%

Oracle 12c Support

Oracle 12c is now supported. This means that both Oracle 12c and Oracle 11g are supported on Windows, Linux, and Solaris operating systems.

Enhanced Linux Distribution Support

Release 7.4 includes support for CentOS 5.1, CentOS 6.4, CentOS 6.5, Debian 7, Fedora 19, RedHat 5.1, RedHat 6.4, RedHat 6.5, SUS 11 SP3, and Ubuntu 13.1. In addition, they upgraded several new Linux installers which simplify the agent installation process for most Linux distributions.

Deployment is fast, and after that, automated core features make Unitrends Enterprise Backup super easy to manage and maintain. One of the unique features I like most is UEB’s support for over a 100 versions of Operating Systems and Applications.

Additionally, dissimilar physical and virtual bare metal allows users to perform P2P, V2P, P2V, and V2V recovery. Since the powerful software at the heart of Unitrends Enterprise Backup allows you to mix both a virtual appliance and a physical one, I would definitely give this solution a try.

You can download UEB Free Edition here.


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Lucky that my friend found out about AndroVM just yesterday. When he told me about it and saw it in his PC how fast the virtual machine runs, I just had to download it, install it and use it as my test environment replacing the clunky, slow and resource intensive Android emulator.

AndroVM moving to a commercial product but do not fret because there will still be an open sourced version that does mostly what every operating system does.

It is blazing fast! Considering that my PC in the office is super damn slow, I had to resort to using an Android emulator running 2.3.1. If I used versions 3 until the latest, it will probably take me forever just to test my app.


Once I linked AndroVM as my test environment when deploying apps from Eclipse, it was simply a breeze.

They simply did a good job alright, running Android in a Virtual Machine. It helped me quite a lot because I could not do any testing on a tablet run device because I do not have one nor could I use an Android emulator on it because running Ice Cream Sandwich in a tablet emulator made my PC even slower.

To use AndroVM, you need to install Oracle’s Virtual Box then download the Android image file according to your choosing: phone or tablet.

By the way, since they are now a commercial product, AndroVM will now be called GenyMotion.

The Document Foundation on Sunday announced the availability of the first release candidate of LibreOffice, marking the approach of the first stable version of the brand-new open source productivity suite. The new release candidate is now available for download for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

The release is not yet intended for production systems, as there are still some known issues. Nevertheless, it’s the closest look we’ve had at the software since The Document Foundation announced its “fork” of the popular package.

Many of the major Linux distributions will be replacing OpenOffice with LibreOffice once the final release is available, so there’s no better time to check out the new software. Here are just a few reasons why you should.

  1. It is Powerful. Based on 3.3 for which Oracle just released a seventh release candidate, LibreOffice 3.3 adds numerous improvements that make the new office productivity suite especially attractive to business users.
  2. It is Free of Oracle. Ever since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems early this year, there has been considerable concern over the future of as well as the other open source projects Oracle inherited in the process.
  3. It is Free. As with all free and open source software, LibreOffice is not just free of corporate control, it’s also free of cost. You can download and test out the productivity suite at will, with no financial commitment.
  4. It is Just the Beginning. LibreOffice 3.3 already promises to be a better and more stable version of, specifically aiming to let users focus on the contents of their documents rather than having to worry about the mechanics of the software, as steering committee member Charles Schulz recently pointed out.
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