Matthew BartelsBut we did an extended trial of Asigra - it was lovely! It has capabilies for active/passive, active/active and N+1 active redundancy, and looked incredibly scalable.
Lisa Barrett (firstname.lastname@example.org) was our contact - get a hold of her and ask to demo the software; they're pretty accommodating and the software is pretty awesome.
thirteentwentyhow is its de-dup capabilities?
Matthew Bartelsthe de-dup is pretty fantastic; file, block, delta; and it is global to an information store. So let's say you have clients A, B, and C, all with similar setups (SBS 2008, Win7 workstations)...
You sign up A first, and back up everything. The first "pass" is fat, subsequent operations are fully de-duped and very thin, just as you'd expect.
Then B and C sign up and you run their backups... whoa, their initials went a lot faster than A! Every file that is the same size, filename, and MD5 hash (so basically 90% of what's under c:\windows) wasn't transferred, because it wasn't needed!
Of course it ticks all the other boxes on the feature list; "agentless" on the LAN (put the "bridgehead" on one box and it handles the grabbing/deduping/compression/sending), Exchange/SQL support, yadda yadda.
It has a really good billing module too, and a whole ton of add-ons that I'm not going to do justice to by trying to remember them