Database Backup and Instant Recovery for SQL Server, Azure Blob Storage, and Amazon S3

SQL Safe Backup

Automate backup and restore, recover instantly, and set up virtual databases

  • Backup faster and save space via dynamic compression with encryption
  • Choose from multiple options for recovery
  • Ensure organizational compliance via policy-based management
  • Reduce failures due to temporary network problems
  • View issues in the dashboard, receive alerts and create reports
  • Backup and restore SQL Server in the cloud

See overview in dashboard

The web-based dashboard enables complete, hands-free, automated management of the entire SQL Server backup infrastructure and ensures compliance with the backup and recovery policies of the organization. View alerts from the environment, summary information about the environment, largest databases and longest backups in the environment, and managed instances. Also, add a SQL Server instance, create a policy, backup, and restore directly from the dashboard.

Manage policies

Create policies for automated backup, restore, and log shipping operations. See all of the existing policies in the environment. For each policy, see the status, policy type, policy name, databases covered, instances covered, last operation, and last operation with failure. Add a SQL Server instance, create a policy, edit a policy, copy a policy, modify properties, remove and delete, and export. Each policy creates SQL Server jobs across servers, runs the backup and restore operations as specified, monitors the policies to ensure that they remain in compliance, and alerts of any problems.

View operation history

See all operations performed by SQL Safe Backup in the environment. For each operation, see the status, details, instance, database, operation, backup type, policy, compressed, uncompressed, ratio, database size, compression, encryption, duration, start time, end time, threads, and actions. Set operation progress, back up again, backup with different options, repeat restores, restore with different options, add a SQL Server instance, and export.

View status of databases

View a list of all of the databases that belong to SQL Server instances. For each database, view the status, instance name, database name, database type, last full backup, last diff backup, last log backup, the number of policies, space used, and actions. Backup ad hoc, restore ad hoc, create a policy, add a SQL Server instance, backup, restore, and export.

Create virtual databases

Easily create a virtual database from a single full backup file or multiple backups: Select backup files created by Microsoft SQL Server and SQL Safe Backup. Specify how to display the virtual database in the console and other SQL Server tools.

Backup & Recovery

Benefit from advanced backup

Advanced compression, disk writing, and multi-threading technologies significantly increase the backup speed. Reducing backup time increases the available window to perform other critical SQL Server tasks.

Automatically adjust compression-versus-space

The IntelliCompress2™ technology continually samples the system resource usage and automatically adjusts the compression level to ensure the smallest backup files in the fastest time given the state of the environment.

Recover from network failure

Automatically pause the backup and restore processes when a temporary network problem occurs. Automatically resume after the network is back online to prevent backup and restore failures.

Backup from Availability Groups

Configure policies to backup from preferred Availability Group replica. Then restore the database even if the backups originate from different Availability Group members.

Go beyond object-level recovery

Recover objects faster than with object-level recovery (OLR), recover from all backup file types (such as full, differential, and transaction log files), and recover all objects.

Select point-in-time

Restore from any point in time. Simply select a point-in-time graphically using a sliding time scale to automatically assemble all of the backup components necessary to restore the database to the specified point in time.

Choose from different recovery techniques

Select from conventional and advanced restore capabilities that provide greater flexibility and speed when a restore is required. These techniques provide flexibility and speed, especially for emergency recovery situations.

Restore instantly

Bring databases online immediately to eliminate application downtime. Stream data from the backup file on-demand to support applications and user requests while completing the restore operation in the background.

Security & Storage

Protect with advanced encryption

Secure backups by employing encryption via 128-bit and 256-bit advanced encryption standard (AES) with a performance degradation of less than 0.5%.

Mirror backups

Write duplicate backup files to different locations during a single backup operation.

Copy logins

Bring recovered databases online faster by allowing SQL Safe Backup to create missing SQL Server logins and resolve any orphaned database users.

Support for cloud-based storage

Select Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3) and Microsoft Azure Blob Storage as the location for backup, restore, instant restore, and object level recovery (OLR).

Integrate with enterprise storage

Backup to and restore from EMC Data Domain servers, and permanently store backup files to IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) to adhere to corporate storage standards.

Enterprise Management

Manage with policies

Define and automate backup, restore, and log shipping schedules across multiple databases, servers, and server groups with policy-based management. Eliminate scripts and overhead of native backup and recovery.

View entire enterprise in single console

View real-time and historical monitoring of backups and restores and job management capabilities. The dashboard view displays backup and restore issues, created backup policies and more from one consolidated view.

Benefit from multiple user interfaces

Choose from multiple interfaces including web console, desktop console, command-line interface (CLI), and extended stored procedures (XSP).

Store relevant information in central repository

Store all backup and restore information in a central repository to allow for full auditing of backup history across the enterprise.

Backup and restore with low impact

Run SQL Safe Backup as a separate process outside of the SQL Server process space.

Scale with SQL Server sprawl

Keep up with expanding environments with flexible scaling via SQL Safe Backup.

Alert and report

Alert on the result of any operation including failures, warnings, misses, and successes. Access a comprehensive catalog of reports for best practices that are delivered using SQL Server Reporting Services.

Virtual Database

Retrieve data immediately

Gain instant access to data in a backup file without wasting time or storage necessary to restore the database. Create a virtual database from a full native or SQL Safe Backup file with three simple steps in just a few minutes.

Attach full backups

Attach a full backup of any size and select a new name for the virtual database. It then shows up just like any other database in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).

Attach multiple backups

Choose a series of backups to run queries, reports, and other analysis against. Find out which rows were added, modified, or deleted since the last backup.

Read and write to virtual databases

SQL Virtual Database provides complete support for read and write operations including inserts, updates, deletes, and database console commands (DBCC).

Use with third-party tools

Virtual databases look, act, and behave like actual live databases. Use any native SQL Server or third-party tools to query and extract all of the needed data.


Install on Cloud Virtual Machines

Run SQL Safe Backup on cloud virtual machines with Windows – such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Azure Virtual Machines.

Access Mapped Cloud Drives

SQL Safe Backup can access cloud storage that is mapped as network drives or removable drives on Windows. For example, backup to and restore from Amazon S3 and Azure Blob Storage.

Directly Access Cloud Drives

Back up to and restore directly to the cloud. Automatically and manually backup to a single file or multiple striped files on the local computer and a network share, Amazon S3, and Azure Blob Storage.

Support SQL Server on Cloud Virtual Machines

Back up to and restore from instances of SQL Server running on cloud virtual machines (such as Amazon EC2 and Azure Virtual Machines).

Monitor hybrid environments with a single tool

Avoid learning new tools by using the same backup tool for SQL Server on-premises on physical and virtual machines, in the cloud on virtual machines, and the cloud as managed databases.

“SQL Safe Backup is easy to use and centralize backup policy management. It is a great experience for everyone.”
Sandip Manjrekar, Database Administrator, Solix
(Medium Enterprise, Professional Services, USA, 50 to 99 SQL Server Databases)


SQL Safe Backup Datasheet

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SQL Safe Backup Case Study

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SQL Safe Backup Version History

Version 8.6.1

  • Added compression support for transparent data encryption (TDE) backups
  • Support for change data capture (CDC) on restore
  • Minor enhancements and bug fixes

Version 8.6

  • Redesigned cloud backups and restores
    • With improved manageability, resiliency, and scalability
    • For Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Azure Blob Storage
  • Support for Windows Server 2019
  • Minor enhancements and bug fixes

Version 8.5.2

  • Updated web console
    • General improvements and bug fixes
    • Added advanced settings when registering new agents
  • Updated desktop console
    • Added native backup format support
  • Improved user experience for transaction log backup operations
  • Additional bug fixes

Version 8.5.1

  • Support for government cloud storage for Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure Blob Storage
  • Write striped backup files to TSM servers from desktop console (in addition to web console)

Version 8.5

  • Support for SQL Server 2017 on Windows
  • Support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2
  • Improved web console
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes

Version 8.4

  • Added complete SQL Virtual Database functionality.
  • Added support for SQL Server’s native backup format.
  • Fixed bugs to improve quality and stability.

Version 8.3

  • Azure Blob Storage - Can specify Microsoft Azure Blob Storage as the location for their backup and restore files when performing backup and restore operations.
  • Copy Policies – Copy pre-existing policies and modify their settings before copying.
  • TSM Striped Backup – Perform striped backups to tape devices using Tivoli Storage Manager.
  • New IDERA Web Dashboard View - Group instances and databases with the use of dashboard's tags according to your environment setup preferences.
  • SQL Server 2016 Support - Backup SQL Server 2016 databases using SQL Safe Backup. In addition, the SQL Safe Backup repository is also supported on SQL Server 2016.
  • Bug fixes and enhancements

Version 8.2

  • Web Console Enhancements - many enhancements were made to incorporate functionality into the Web Console that previously only existed in the Windows Console. These include enhancements to the Home, Policies, Instances, Databases, Agents, and Administration views as well as new backup, restore, and log shipping wizards.
  • Support for Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) – SQL Safe now supports S3 as an option for backup and restore. Users can initiate S3 operations ad-hoc or it can be selected from the backup or restore policies.
  • New Command Level Interface (CLI) Scripting Extensions – create, update, and deploy new database policies, point-in-time restore, and object level recovery functions can now be executed from the CLI.
  • Bug fixes and enhancements

Version 8.0

  • EMC Data Domain Integration: Provides backup and restore capabilities to and from EMC Data Domain server via an easy to use wizard.
  • New Web-based Design: Easy to use web UI accessible from any web browser. See top issues summary in a dashboard view, perform backup and restore operations and view backup policies created from one consolidated view.
  • Integration with Idera Dashboard: SQL Safe Backup is now designed to work within Idera’s Dashboard providing an integrated common console to use across Idera products.
  • Next Generation Object Level Recovery: Goes beyond typical OLR providing support for all backup file types, and recovery of more objects including those from log backups and foreign key restraints. Plus, backup data files are more complete including transaction log data which is typically ignored when restoring from typical OLR solutions.
  • Performance Enhancements

Version 7.4

  • Availability Group Support: Configure SQL Safe Backup policies to take backups from the preferred Availability Group replica. On restores, SQL Safe Backup will assemble all the necessary files for a restore operation even if the backups were taken from different Availability Group members.
  • SQL Server 2014 Support: You may now backup SQL Server 2014 databases using SQL Safe Backup. In addition, the SQL Safe Backup repository is also supported on SQL Server 2014.
  • Support for SQL Server Express Edition: SQL Safe Backup now offers a way to create backup restore and log shipping policies for SQL Server Express Edition.
  • Centralized Multi-Instance Licensing: Licensing can now be centrally managed from the SQL Safe Backup console. In addition, one license can be issued to cover multiple servers instead of having to issue individual licenses for each system.
  • Bug Fixes and Enhancements

Version 7.2

  • Log Shipping Mirroring: Specify additional paths where mirrored copies of log backups will be stored and use the mirrored files as the backup source for any secondary database in the log shipping policy.
  • Bug Fixes and Enhancements

Version 7.1

  • Log Shipping Policy Enhancements: Log shipping policy enhancements provide a way to specify an alternate network path from which the secondary database will restore
  • Restore Wizard Enhancements: Restore wizard enhancements provide an easier way to restore from a mirrored database when the primary database location is unavailable
  • Enhanced Cluster Support: SQL Safe Backup now supports failovers for Instant Restore during hydration
  • Support for SQL Server 2012

Version 7.0

  • Instant Restore: New, patent-pending technology that enables database to be recovered and online in minutes, virtually eliminating application downtime. Once online, SQL Safe Backup streams data from the backup file "on-demand" to support applications and user requests while completing the restore operation in the background
  • Automatic Full backup prior to Diff/Log: SQL Safe Backup simplifies the initial setup process by automatically detecting and performing a full backup if required prior to a differential or transaction log backup

Version 6.6

  • Restore Performance Improvements: Restore performance improvements to reduce recovery time by up to 40% from previous versions of SQL Safe Backup
  • Cross TSM Server Support: Browse, backup and restore backup files located on any remote TSM Server
  • Improved browsing of TSM files: Use the Management Console to browse active and inactive backup files on the TSM Server
  • Improved restoring of TSM ‘inactive’ files: Use the Management Console to restore backup files that are marked ‘inactive’ on the TSM Server
  • Bug Fixes and Enhancements

Version 6.5

  • Restore Policies: Simplify database synchronization and automate disaster recovery by routinely restoring full backups to a secondary server
  • Restore Performance: Restore performance improvements to reduce recovery time up to 30%
  • Login Copy: Bring recovered databases online faster by allowing SQL Safe Backup to create missing SQL Server logins and resolve any orphaned database users
  • Granular Alert Capabilities: Backup and restore alerting can now send notifications for each operation status, including failures, skips, warnings, and successes
  • Delete Backup File Option: Use this CLI/XSP command to delete old backup files without performing a new backup

Version 6.4

  • Backup and restore enhancements: Easily re-run previous operations, run Backup Policy jobs, and verify or restore backup files from the operation status grid in the Management Console
  • Non-trusted domain support: Deploy SQL Safe Backup components, and backup or restore databases in non-trusted domains
  • Expire TSM backups: Use new CLI/XSP command to mark existing TSM backup files as inactive

Version 6.3

  • Repository performance improvements and TSM bug fixes

Version 6.2

  • Enhancements and Bug Fixes

Version 6.1

  • SQL virtual database metadata generation for SQL Server 2008 support

Version 6.0

  • Unprecedented compression: Provides untouchable compression of backup files by using entirely new algorithms
  • Patent-pending IntelliCompress2™: Optimizes backup speed and compression
  • Network fault-tolerance: Eliminates backup failures due to momentary network outages
  • Secure encryption: Encrypts backup files using AES128 or AES256 with less than 0.5% performance degradation

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