Backup, Archival, and Storage Solutions for the Real World

BRU Server™ Mac OS X and Linux Backup Software

BRU Server client/server software for Mac OS X and Linux (Windows as a client)

 

BRU Server is TOLIS Group's premier network backup software solution that provides client/server-based data backup and recovery services across networks of any size and customer industry type.

 

BRU Server delivers the reliability, functionality and flexibility to meet your organization's backup needs - including regulatory compliance. All major client system OS platforms are supported as well as live database back-up on server and client systems. BRU Server delivers ease-of-use, reliability, flexibility, and exceptionally low cost-of-ownership.

BRU Backup Software for Mac OS X and BRU Backup Software for Linux

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About BRU Server

Options and Pricing

Supported Clients

System Requirements

Documentation

Technical FAQs

Because backup and archiving is not a one-size fits all solution, the BRU products are individually designed to meet all needs.  Out of the box, BRU software supports unlimited data amounts for backup with no additional fees in single BRU archives up to 8 exabytes each.  The BRU engine natively powers our Mac OS X backup software solutions, our Linux backup software solutions, as well as providing the reliability, speed, and power behind our tape hardware and disk storage solutions.

 

BRU software supports users' existing hardware or cloud storage services, and is also available bundled with tape and disk RAID hardware with the TOLIS Group BRU Server Argest® software/hardware bundles.  Our hardware/software bundles provide a single source of support help and warranty services for all items related to the backup/archiving task. 

Automated archival solutions for medical, law enforcement, government, and other business types who's needs require specialized archive services to access data from network storage locations to a central network archive and restore archived data back to the network storage locations are available as well.

 

BRU Server never assumes that the data you write to disk or tape is data that is actually recoverable and provides the assurance that the data you think you have backed up can actually be restored. BRU's error recovery algorithms used when writing to tape provide reliability mechanisms unlike any other backup product on the market. BRU can even restore data from the readable portions of a physically damaged tape.

 

These features are discussed in depth in our white papers titled: The BRU Advantage and Reliable Verification with BRU.

 

 

 

 

 

What makes BRU better than all other solutions?

 

Speed.  BRU is the fastest software available.  Streaming LTO-7 speed at 322MB/sec+ (see more details about LTO-7 speed), and LTO-6 at over 160MB/sec+ with ArGest® hardware, BRU and TOLIS Group drivers for the HighPoint HBAs.

 

True cross platform recoverability.  All BRU archives are verifiable and restorable on any OS BRU supports (there are currently 24 of those), and with any version of BRU regardless of the OS they were created on.  BRU is fully backwards compatible, and BRU will never leave you with archives tied to a data set, specific OS, version, or type of hardware.

 

Verifiability and error recovery for restore.  BRU archives are properly and fully verifiable on any OS BRU supports at any time, and is the only backup tool that can recover from errors–if a bad bit is detected on your media, BRU advances in device block increments until it can read and restore the data once again without aborting your restore.  And if your archive spans multiple tapes, and you lose a tape to damage or theft, BRU will restore all the rest of the data from all the tapes you have, something no other product will do.

 

Accountability.  With BRU, you have a source for help and a company that has been committed to data backup and restore since 1985.

 

Flexibility.  BRU supports almost all tape devices, VTL, cloud, and and disk storage out of the box.  Full support for SAN configurations and live database backup on Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, and Windows with the Windows Open File Manager.  BRU also provides multiple workflow options for backup/archiving/restore of the same or different data simultaneously.  BRU Server supports any number of tape drives attached, and up to 99 tape slots in a single library out of the box, for 100+ tape slots enabled on a library, add the 100+ tape slot add on to unlock 100-an unlimited number of tape slots supported.

 

Special needs.  All special characters, ACLs, special attributes, permissions, and foreign language characters (including left to right languages) are correctly handled by BRU.  Integration with major DAM/MAM solutions for our Media and Entertainment Customers.

 

Best Business Practices.  All BRU products are fully compliant with best business security practices including those mandated by Sarbanes-Oxley.

 

Bottom Line. Your organization's data is critical, and how to protect it is an important decision. BRU  delivers the reliability, functionality, flexibility, scalability and overall excellent value necessary to provide you with backup peace-of-mind.  Download your fully functional 30 day demo here.

 

 

Features at a Glance

 

Graphical User Interfaces Control BRU Server from Mac OS X, Linux and Windows systems. Character-Based and Command Line Management Consoles are also Available for Maximum Flexibility

 

Client-Side - User Initiated Backup for Desktops and Laptops (not dependent on any admin-specified backups) Under Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux

 

Client-Side - User Initiated Restore (not dependent on any admin action) Under Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux

 

Client-Side - Update of IP Address for DHCP Environments on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows

 

Full Support of ACLs and Extended Attributes on OS X and Linux Clients

 

Integration with major DAM/MAM for our Media and Entertainment Customers

 

BRU Server ArGest® Hardware/Software Bundles for single source of help and warranty on all components related to backup/restore

 

Upstage for Offsite - Expands D2D2T to Allow Copying Staged Archives to Tape for Sending Offsite While Retaining the Local Copy on Disk

 

Console loads all of the data elements 25-50X faster - archives, tapes, users, and client systems all load much more rapidly to be more productive; more quickly

 

Support of single archives up to eight (8) exabytes (8,388,608 gigabytes) in size

 

Live Database Backup (see our Live Database Backup with OFM white paper)

 

Archives are backwards compatible with all previous BRU Server versions and are also recoverable by any BRU product, on any platform BRU supports

 

Flexible Disk Staging Provides Disk-to-Disk (D2D) and Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) Support

 

Off-Site Storage Services

 

Comprehensive Native Tape Device Support

 

100% Coverage of All Mac OS X Filesystem Attributes Including Resource Forks,

 

Finder® Information and All Unix Permissions

 

Backups 100% Verified as a Background Task which can Dramatically Reduce the Backup Window (see more at our white paper Reliable Verification)

 

Advanced, Error Recovery Algorithms Restore Data When Other Tools Fail

 

Simple Integration with SAN including Apple's Xsan Technology

 

Virtual Machine Support (see our white paper Virtual Machines and BRU)

 

Operational

 

Graphical User Interfaces that deliver an intuitive user experience on Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows

 

Clearly defined relationship between Full, Base Job backup definitions and the associated Incremental or Differential backup jobs

 

Scheduling mechanism with easy access to the defined schedules

 

Client-level user initiated backup

 

Client-level user initiated restore

 

Client-level update of IP addresses for DHCP environments

 

Access and display of archives and tapes known within the BRU Server environment

 

Copy identical or different data to two or more drives simultaneously, or perform a restore of data from one drive while backing up to another.

 

Job summary e-mail reporting with full disclosure of each job available through the job history database

 

Supports disk-to-disk, disk-to-tape, and disk-to-disk-to-tape backup strategies

 

Straightforward installation; client systems and tape devices are automatically recognized and configured

 

Fully scriptable from the command line

 

Character-based and graphical management consoles provide local and remote control

 

Headless backup and restore operations can be managed via telnet or ssh sessions

 

Flexible backup job definitions because very few sites have the same backup requirements.

Performance and Speed

   
High performance tape drive I/O support provides the highest levels of throughput to high-performance devices such as LTO, SAIT, SDLT, and others.

 

Streams LTO-7 at 322 MB/sec (read more about our LTO-7 speed), LTO-6 at over 160MB/sec, both over the rated drive speed when using BRU software, ArGest® hardware and HighPoint RS6328 or RR4522 with the TOLIS Group Drivers.

 

Industry's shortest backup window (fully verified backups) by using Disk Staging and BRU Server's zero impact verify (Anytime Verify™) data verification

 

Low overhead allows multiple BRU processes to write to multiple storage devices simultaneously with very little impact on system performance.

 

Intelligent cataloging provides a powerful query capability to quickly recover select files contained in archives.

 

Client system backups are not interleaved, thereby further shortening the time to restore selected files.

 

 

Reliability

 

Ultra-reliable BRU™ engine delivers unparalleled data protection reliability and restorability of the protected data

 

Backups can be 100% verified without access to the original file systems, either immediately after a backup or even years later.  See more about verification with our white paper Reliable Verification with BRU.

 

Anytime Verify™ and Inspect Mode backup verification options can be run as a zero impact process, freeing up the client systems faster.

 

Broad compatibility - backups can be verified and restored on a different system, and even on a different platform

 

Backups can be committed to a disk staging area at primary storage subsystem performance levels - virtually eliminating perceived backup windows at the client system level

 

Proven data restorability of BRU technology - corrupt data is reported, circumvented, and the restore continues unless the tape drive is physically unable to proceed

 

Catalogs copied to tape in addition to the server HDD to provide enhanced availability to backup data should the server system HDD fail.

 

Functionality

 

Full native compatibility with Apple's Xsan, ADIC's StorNet, and other distributed file systemsfor both backup, and as the disk stage for disk-to-disk (D2D) backup operations

 

No special tape emulation layer required, however, BRU Server is fully compatible with all VTL implementations (see more at our white paper Tape vs Disk vs VTL)

 

Live backup of databases and services such as Oracle, Exchange, and Outlook running on Windows client systems using the BRU Server Open File Manager for Windows® (see our white paper about Windows Live Database Backup)

 

Full print (printer or PDF) support of all database information

 

Scalability limited only by the available network bandwidth

 

Broadest Mac OS X tape library support available

 

Lights-out, automated backup operations are easily scheduled from the graphical user interface

 

Handles files and permissions skipped by other Mac OS X backup utilities

 

Full support of ACLs and EAs.

 

Properly backs up so-called "open files" under Mac OS X

 

Full support of case sensitivity under the HFS+ file system

 

Single archives of any size can be created

 

There is no limitation to the size of the catalogs

 

Data can be restored from any BRU backup data set without dependence on any special files contained on the server hard disk

 

Transport layer agnostic - whether Fibre Channel, SAS, SCSI, iSCSI, Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless LAN, etc.

 

Provides data backup and restore services within NAS, SAN and wireless environments

 

QFA (Quick File Access) provides fast access to files contained on tape

 

Client system data is not interleaved with other client system data

 

Client-side data encryption provides secure communication between client systems and the server

 

Network traffic data compression is configurable and can provide better utilization of available network bandwidth

 

Pre and post scripts may be run on a client system to freeze the state of a database running on that machine or export its state to an intermediate file

 

Files and directories can be excluded from the backup from the client system (excluding mp3 files, for example)

 

E-mail notification of all operations including interact requirements and job status.

 

 

Network Backup Across the Enterprise

 

BRU Server's "server component" runs natively on Linux, Solaris, IRIX and Mac OS X.

 

The Agent component is installed on all machines that are to be backed up by BRU Server.  Those machines become clients of the BRU Server Server machine (including that machine itself if it to be backed up).  The BRU Server server component with BRU Server Agents for all Unix-based (including Mac OS X) and Windows systems protects the critical information residing across your client/server based network.

 

The BRU Server Graphical "console component" can be installed on any number of systems to manage BRU Server's operation. The proven reliability of BRU technology coupled with the proven reliability of a Unix-based operating system creates a backup system of unsurpassed uptime and availability to archived data.

 

BRU Server's Windows Open File Manager is available to back up live databases such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, FileMaker, Oracle, Sybase, Active Directory and others running on Windows client systems.

 

BRU Server supports all forms of archive storage including disk, tape, virtual tape libraries, NAS and SAN devices. The built-in architecture supports D2D, D2T, and D2D2T without the requirement of expensive add on licenses.

Support for Avid ISIS and Other Media Specific Storage Solutions

 

Regardless of the filesystem or storage connection type, if your operating system can read and write the files in your storage environment all BRU solutions will properly backup and restore the media data stored on those storage systems.

 

BRU solutions will support all special attributes, naming conventions, metadata, and application specific typing for both backup and restore.

 

BRU also acts as an early warning tool.  When the storage subsystem is having filesystem corruption or errors that other applications ignore or don't report, BRU does.  This is because of the way BRU solutions interface with the actual filesystem data.  BRU will report these issues and often identify previously undiagnosed problems with your storage environment that would otherwise not be recognized until it was too late.

 

What About Synthetic Fulls?

 

The concept of Synthetic Backups sounds attractive on the surface—however; the implications for long-term archive storage and recoverability of data are significant. All of our BRU solutions have the ability to perform backups to a user's/organization's requirement, unlike tools that do not provide the necessary flexibility and "force" backups to be done in a manner defined by the software tool. BRU products allow you to easily define full, differential, and incremental backups to meet your organization's requirements. They are easily scheduled, and the frequency is user controlled. So, depending on the particular needs of your organization, backups can be performed at virtually any frequency that makes sense.

 

The idea of performing a single full backup and then only performing incremental backups for long periods - 12 months or more - may sound good from a backup standpoint, but what happens when you discover that elements of the backup required for a complete recover have become unrecoverable or are simply missing? BRU's 29 years of backup experience with large system environments has shown that performing a full backup only one time in months, or years at worst, dramatically reduces the reliability of the restore—or at a minimum, drastically increases the time to a complete system recovery. Performing full backups on a more regular basis with intervening incremental or differential backups will keep your data fresh and increase the reliability and availability of data for restoration. It is the user's option to perform full backups on any defined schedule; however, BRU's unmatched speed and lightweight process allows those full, incremental, or differential backups to occur without impact to your network.

De-duplication Done Right

 

The concept of Single Instance Backup/De-Duplication is the conservation of backup media — only one copy of a file common across systems is backed-up. The loss of a "single instance" file means that file is forever gone and is no longer available to support the restoring of a system or systems that utilize that particular file. This approach is not consistent with our philosophy to assure the restorability of each and every system's data.

 

In addition to the fallibility of the Single Instance Backup/De-Duplication concept, there are significant operational issues. The strategy still requires a complete full backup be done initially and that consumes disk capacity without a minimized-use benefit.  Prior to a subsequent backup operation beginning, a lengthy scan of each system must be performed and this process can literally take hours before the first bit is backed-up.  Data restores are also very slow because the data system must work through all of the pointers.  And finally, to write to a tape that is directly recoverable, the de-duped streams must be reconstituted to original form and no economy-of-capacity is realized.

 

BRU Server handles de-duplication properly and quickly through properly handled incremental backup.  If it's already on a previous backup, and it hasn't changed, BRU won't back it up again until you tell it to, or perform a new full backup.

 

No Interdependencies on Data Sets etc...

 

There are no dependency constraints between full, incremental or differential archives when performing restore operations. Each BRU Server archive is a complete and separate entity from other archives.  Thus, it is not required to have the full archive on-site in order to restore from an incremental or differential backup.

 

When performing backup operations, once a full backup is completed, the full backup does not need to be on-site in order to perform incremental or differential backups.  This allows you to free up slots inside of your tape library or change hard disks for offsite storage.

How Is Hardware Licensed with BRU Server?

 

BRU Server provides native support of most modern tape drive and library configurations. Because of TOLIS Group's partnership with tape device manufacturers, we have early access to future tape technology. This access assures you of BRU's reliable support before the new technologies hit the streets. BRU Server supports tape libraries with up to 100 slots by default, for larger units the BRU Server Enterprise-class library add-on is required.

 

There are no additional fee in related to the amount of data that needs to be backed up.

 

No two organizations are alike, nor do they have the same requirements of a backup system other than the requirement of reliability. BRU Server provides the flexibility to administer the backup strategy via the Mac OS X, Linux, Windows or Solaris graphical user interfaces or by using the character-based interfaces. BRU Server is also fully scriptable from the command line. These interfaces provide access to BRU Server's robust functionality, and backups can be administered locally, or remotely.

Comprehensive Tape Support with BRU Server

 

Compatibility with most modern SCSI, SAS and Fibre Channel tape drives.

 

Compatibility with most modern tape technologies (i.e. LTO, DLT, SDLT, AIT, SAIT, VXA).

 

Compatibility with most modern SCSI, SAS and Fibre Channel libraries containing any number of tape drives.

 

Full support for WORM media–if you have data that needs to be archived in a non modifiable, non erasable manner, LTO WORM (write once read many) tape technology ensures that once data is written to a tape it can only be removed or deleted by physical destruction of the tape itself.  All BRU products recognize and support this technology.

 

Support any number of tape slots in a library*.

 

Support of multiple libraries attached to the system running BRU Server - no special licensing is required**.

 

The ability to define "Destinations" as a fixed set of slots.

 

The assignment of "Destinations" from a pool of free slots as needed.

 

The allocation of slots within a tape library in an arbitrary manner.

 

Ability to define and exclude from use sets of tape cartridge slots.


Ability to write concurrent, non-interleaved data streams to multiple tape drives within a tape library.

 

Support of variable block mode to allow modern tape drives to achieve their maximum performance potential.

 

TapeAlert™ notifications to monitor and report connectivity issues, dirty tape drives, bad tape drives, and bad tapes.

 

Bar code reader support†.

 

Unique Drive Autobalancing™ that spreads loads across multiple drives within a library to assure enhanced library hardware uptime, preventing the overuse of a single drive mechanism.

 

An efficient data layout on tape to optimize utilization of tape cartridge capacity.

 

Spanning tapes is handled properly on backup and on restore--even if it is a single file that is actually spanning the tape.

 

By default, tapes are overwritten in a backup destination only when older than the last full backup, assuring retention of the most recent data.

 

Tape life is extended because erasure is not required like other tools - BRU Server's policy to overwrite renders the existing data on tape irretrievable.

 

See our white paper about the value of using tape - LTO, Big, Fast, Cheap

 

*Libraries (single or multiple attached) that have 100 or more slots require the large library support add-on.

****Special licensing is not required for multiple libraries unless the total number of slots of all attached libraries is 100 or more.

†For libraries only and library must have a barcode reader installed.

Live Database Backup with the BRU Server Open File Manager

 

BRU Open File Manager (OFM) for Windows

 

Certified for use with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, as well as Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2012!

 

The BRU Open File Manager (OFM) is a robust open file utility for Windows systems that gives BRU Server and bruAPP Backup Appliance the power to backup any open, locked, or in-use files, ensuring that your business will run without interruption twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. BRU OFM was designed to work in high trafficked areas that receive hundreds of thousands of requests per hour. BRU OFM is cost effective and scalable from workstation to server.

 

BRU OFM's advanced caching methods protect your backups from corruption and keep relational file integrity in tact for your mission critical data stored in databases and email servers such as MS SQL, MySQL, Oracle, Active Directory and Exchange.  This data requires batch caching to keep log files and data synchronized at backup time.  You will no longer need to have users logout of the network, close a program at backup time or have skipped files.

 

Windows-Based Client Systems

 

The BRU OFM module for Windows clients allows the BRU Server Agent to backup all open files, regardless of the application currently using them. Platforms such as Exchange, SQL Server, Filemaker, Oracle, Sybase, DB2, Active Directory, and even simple open files used in Word or Excel can be properly backed up transparent to the user and the application. Also, BRU OFM requires no additional disk space for operation. You only need a BRU OFM license for those Windows clients that require open file backup support.

 

Windows 64-bit Support Intel and AMD 64bit Processors

 

BRU OFM is compatible with both Intel and AMD 64 bit processors environments, including IA64. Simply install BRU OFM onto any machine and it will auto detect which driver to install.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper V Supprt

 

BRU OFM is compatible with the Microsoft Hyper-V Support that is used on Windows Server 2008 for virtual machine support.

File System, Networked Computer and Mapped Drive Support

 

BRU OFM was designed to work in a heterogeneous computing environment, by offering support for both Windows file systems (NTFS, FAT32) and network file systems. BRU OFM will also support a networked computing environment by allowing access to open, locked and in-use files over mapped drives and networked computers. Installing BRU OFM on computer A and computer B, would allow computer A to backup exclusive, in-use and locked files residing on computer B.

 

How it Works

 

How the BRU OFM Works BRU OFM monitors the file system for any read requests that will come from BRU Server Agent. Once BRU OFM detects a backup to a locked or exclusively opened file, BRU OFM will allow access to the file. The application that has the file locked continues to store the information directly to disk as usual. Once the backup of the locked file has begun, BRU OFM will automatically cache old overwritten data to a temporary location.

 

At this point BRU Server and the application see the file differently. The application that has the file locked see's all changes that it makes to the file as it would without BRU OFM installed. On the other hand, the BRU Server see's the file as it originally would when the backup first began, without any of the new changes.  See the white paper, Windows OFM and BRU.

 

Unix-Based Client Systems (includes Mac OS X)

 

The BRU OFM is only available for Windows systems, however, on Unix systems pre and post scripts may be run before and after a backup operation to freeze the state of a database that is running when the backup is to be executed. This allows you to freeze the tables or export the database content to an intermediate, or flat file for backup. While in a frozen state, most database applications will cache any user changes and then commit them once the backup is completed and the tables are unfrozen. The pre and post scripts may be written in any programming language including sh, python, Applescript, C, and more.

 

For more information about BRU Server pre and post scripts, please see the Miscellaneous Setup Considerations section in the BRU Server Admin Guide.

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How to Choose the Correct BRU Server Software Package

 

As a true client/server product, BRU Server is composed of three distinct components.  The Server Component is installed on the machine that will be attached to the storage device (tape or disk).  The Agent Component is installed on any machines that are to be backed up as clients of the BRU Server server machine, including the machine with the Server Component installed if that machine is to be backed up as well.  The GUI Management Console is installed on any machine, Mac, Linux or Windows that can communicate with the BRU Server server machine on the network and is used to manage and control all operations of BRU Server.  It is not required to run the BRU server console app on the BRU Server server system.

 

BRU Server software packages are identical in operation and are only differentiated by the number of included clients with the initial package purchased.  All BRU Server packages, except for the single system support BRU Server Desktop Edition, may have additional clients added as the need for more systems to be backed up grows.  The client machines may be any OS supported by BRU Server and version of the OS (desktop or server) makes no difference to BRU Server.

 

BRU Server, out of the box backs up an unlimited amount of data with no additional fees.  BRU Server works with existing hardware or cloud services and is also available bundled with tape and disk storage hardware in TOLIS Group's ArGest® Hardware/software bundles for single source shopping, warranty and support help on all items related to the backup/archiving task.

 

For our Media and Entertainment Customers looking for Digital/Media Asset Management options, please visit our DAM/MAM solutions.

 

Choose the option below for pricing and ordering part number(s).

BRU Server Desktop Edition for single system support from $499USD

BRU Server Destkop Edition provides the full BRU Server functionality for single system backups.  Choose this option if you are backing up one system and do not plan to back up additional systems as clients of the BRU Server machine.

 

BRU Server Desktop Edition is selected most often by customers pulling data from a central repository and backing that data up to another storage source such as tape.

 

Pricing Option 1:

BRU Server Desktop Edition with single system support, includes 30 days of support help and free product updates.

Linux Part #60048 $499USD

Mac OS X Part# 60029 $499USD

Pricing Option 2:

BRU Server Desktop Edition with single system support, includes 12 months of support help and free product updates. When this option is selected, a savings of $180 over ordering support separately applies, if support is ordered later, full price of support applies.

Linux Part #60048-S $598USD

Mac OS X Part# 60029-S $598USD

 

Extended Support (includes unlimited phone and ticket system help), part # 60044 $279USD/12 months, renewal discounts apply

 

 

     Upgrade from a previous version of BRU or different version of BRU, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

Ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and Buy Now! TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.

 

BRU Server Basic Edition with 2 clients, expandable to add additional clients from $599USD

BRU Server Basic Edition provides the base level entry for full BRU Server functionality with small networks and ships with 2 client licenses.  Additional clients may be added, however, users expecting to have more than 7 client systems should look at Network Edition with 25 clients or the Enterprise Edition with 200 clients depending on their client needs.

 

Pricing Option 1:

BRU Server Basic Edition with 2 clients, includes 30 days of support help and free product updates.

Linux Part #60049 $599USD

Mac OS X Part# 60030 $599USD

Pricing Option 2:

BRU Server Basic Edition with 2 clients, includes 12 months of support help and free product updates. When this option is selected, a savings of $180 over ordering support separately applies, if support is ordered later, full price of support applies.

Linux Part #60049-S $698USD

Mac OS X Part# 60030-S $698USD

 

Extended Support (includes unlimited phone and ticket system help), part # 60044 $279USD/12 months, renewal discounts apply

 

 

     Upgrade from a previous version of BRU or different version of BRU, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

Ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and Buy Now! TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.

 

BRU Server Network Edition with 25 clients, expandable to add additional clients from $1,099USD

BRU Server Network Edition provides full BRU Server functionality with medium networks and ships with 25 client licenses.  Additional clients may be added.

 

Pricing Option 1:

BRU Server Network Edition with 25 clients, includes 30 days of support help and free product updates.

Linux Part #60050 $1,099USD

Mac OS X Part# 60031 $1,099USD

Pricing Option 2:

BRU Server Basic Edition with 25 clients, includes 12 months of support help and free product updates. When this option is selected, a savings of $270 over ordering support separately applies, if support is ordered later, full price of support applies.

Linux Part #60050-S $1,398USD

Mac OS X Part# 60031-S $1,398USD

 

Extended Support (includes unlimited phone and ticket system help), part # 60042 $569USD/12 months, renewal discounts apply

 

 

     Upgrade from a previous version of BRU or different version of BRU, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

Ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and Buy Now! TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.

 

BRU Server Enterprise Edition with 200 clients, expandable to add additional clients from $4,999USD

BRU Server Enterprise Edition provides full BRU Server functionality with larger networks and ships with 200 client licenses.  Additional clients may be added.

 

Pricing Option 1:

BRU Server Enterprise Edition with 200 clients, includes 30 days of support help and free product updates.

Linux Part #60052 $4,999USD

Mac OS X Part# 60032 $4,999USD

Pricing Option 2:

BRU Server Enterprise Edition with 200 clients, includes 12 months of support help and free product updates. When this option is selected, a savings of $629 over ordering support separately applies, if support is ordered later, full price of support applies.

Linux Part #60052-S $5,799USD

Mac OS X Part# 60032-S $5,799USD

 

Extended Support (includes unlimited phone and ticket system help), part # 60046 $1,429USD/12 months, renewal discounts apply

 

 

     Upgrade from a previous version of BRU or different version of BRU, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

Ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and Buy Now! TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.

BRU Server Media and Entertainment Edition, integration with Digital Asset Management/MAM solutions from $499USD

BRU Server Media and Entertainment Edition provides full BRU Server functionality to users with creative assets to protect, and when DAM/MAM is in use.

CatDV, DAX Broadcast Archive, and Axle are currently supported DAM/MAM packages, and TOLIS Group also sells our ArGest® DAM/MAM integrated hardware/software bundles for single source shipping, warranty and support help for all items.  Additional BRU Server clients may be added as needed to back up additional machines on the network, or our media and entertainment customers may instead choose the 2 client (Basic Edition), 25 client (Network Edition), or 200 client (Enterprise Edition) as their BRU Server choice for a larger immediate client count integration, while providing the same functionality.

 

Pricing Option 1:

BRU Server Media and Entertainment Edition, with 1 client and 30 days of support help and free product updates.

Linux Part #60048-ME $499USD

Mac OS X Part# 60029-ME $499USD

Pricing Option 2:

BRU Server Media and Entertainment Edition with 1 client, includes 12 months of support help and free product updates. When this option is selected, a savings of $180 over ordering support separately applies, if support is ordered later, full price of support applies.

Linux Part #60048-MS $598USD

Mac OS X Part# 60029-MS $598USD

 

Extended Support (includes unlimited phone and ticket system help), part # 60044 $279USD/12 months, renewal discounts apply

 

 

     Upgrade from a previous version of BRU or different version of BRU, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

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BRU Server Additional Clients from $30USD each

BRU Server Additional clients are available for any client OS BRU supports.

 

We do not differentiate between client/desktop/server versions of an OS, to BRU a client is only a machine.

 

Part# 60034 1-4 clients $100USD each

Part# 60035 5 pack $375USD ($75USD each)

Part# 60036 10 pack $550USD ($55USD each)

Part# 60037 25 pack $1,050USD ($42USD each)

Part# 60038 50 pack $1,900USD ($38USD each)

Part# 60039 100 pack $3,000USD ($30USD each)

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

Ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and Buy Now! TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.

BRU Server Open File Manager for Windows Add-on from $120 each

The BRU OFM module for Windows clients allows the BRU Server Agent to backup all open files, regardless of the application currently using them. Platforms such as Exchange, SQL Server, Filemaker, Oracle, Sybase, DB2, Active Directory, and even simple open files used in Word or Excel can be properly backed up transparent to the user and the application. Also, BRU OFM requires no additional disk space for operation. You only need a BRU OFM license for those Windows clients that require open file backup support.

 

 

Part# 40015 1-4 OFM licenses $299USD each

Part# 40015-5 5 pack $1,350USD ($270USD each)

Part# 40015-10 10 pack $2,250USD ($225USD each)

Part# 40015-25 25 pack $3,000USD ($120USD each)

 

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

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BRU Server 99+ Tape Slot Unlock Add-on $999USD

For use in environments where more than 99 total library tape slots are available (single or multiple libraries combined).  There is no additional license fee for any number of drives, this is strictly a tape slot count add-on.

 

Part# 60041 $999USD

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

Ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and Buy Now! TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.

 

 

     Pricing subject to occasional changes, please call 1-480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com for your customized quote.

 

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Back up any machine on your network without extra expenses

 

BRU Server considers any machine on your network to be just that–a machine.  As such, BRU Server does not make a distinction between client/server versions of the OS or hardware type on the machine you want to back up.  BRU Server's Agent is an extremely lightweight process.

 

Even if a user is working on the machine when BRU is running its backup, BRU will slow itself down to free system resources up so the user barely, or not at all, knows BRU is running at the time.

 

With special client-side backup and restore operations that are authorized for the client machine by the BRU Server admin, desktop and even laptop users on unusual times connected to the network can back up and restore on their own schedule and never miss being protected by BRU.  The client side backup and user initiated restore is available on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

 

 

Available Agents for BRU Server by OS type:

 

 

Windows

Linux (all distributions)

Mac OS X

FreeBSD

OpenBSD

Solaris

 

OpenSolaris

Irix

AIX

HP-UX

Note to Virtual machine users:  Depending on your configuration, guest systems of the host system may or not need to run a BRU Server Agent.

 

To request an additional OS type be made an agent, please email brusales@tolisgroup.com

Specialized systems not required

 

BRU Server's elegant design allows it to be a very lightweight process, and as such does not require a specialized system in order to perform its assigned duties.  Older hardware right up the bleeding edge hardware of the moment are supported.

 

 

System Requirements, Mac OS X (includes BRU Server Server component, Agent component and GUI management console component)

 

Server on Mac OS X:

 

    –Mac OS X 10.3.9, 10.4.0–10.4.8, 10.4.11, 10.5, 106., 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 (Server or Desktop)

       Note 10.4.9 and 10.4.10 are not supported

    –G4 800MHz or faster Processor (G4 1GHz or later model, including new Mac Pro Recommended)

    –Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster Intel Processor

    –512MB RAM (4-8GB Recommended)

    –Compatible SCSI, SAS or Fibre Channel HBA (if using tape)

    –4GB Disk Space (installation and catalog growth)

    –Additional disk space as needed.  The BRU Server Administrator defines required disk space for Staged (D2D) Backups

 

Agent on OS X

 

    –Mac OS X 10.3.9-10.12 (Server or Desktop)

    –G3 500MHz or faster Processor

    –128MB RAM

    –20MB Disk Space

    –Virtual machine users–depending on your configuration, guest systems of the host system may or not need to run a BRU Server Agent.

 

GUI Console on OS X

 

    –Mac OS X 10.5-10.12 or higher (server or desktop)

    –Network connection to BRU Server Server

 

Supported Tape Devices

 

 

 

System Requirements, Linux (includes BRU Server Server component, Agent component and GUI management console component)

 

Server on Linux:

 

    –Any major Linux Distribution using GLIBC 2.3 and 2.6.24+ kernel

    –x86 1GHz or better Processor

    –x86_64 (Intel Duo Core 1.83GHz or AMD Athlon/Sempron 2800+ or better)

    –PowerPC 750FX (G4) or better

    –512MB RAM (1GB Recommended)

    –Compatible SCSI, SAS or Fibre Channel HBA (if using tape)

    –4GB Disk Space (installation and Catalog growth)

    –Additional disk space as needed.  The BRU Server Administrator defines required disk space for Staged (D2D) Backups

The BRU Server Server is a 32-bit application, therefore, it will run on any modern 32-bit x86 Linux. However, there is no support for 64-bit
installations for the graphical Server, therefore you must use the EM64T Linux with the 32-bit compatibility libraries installed.

 

Agent on Linux

 

    –No special requirements–if your hardware supports your OS installation, the BRU Server Agent is supported.

    –Virtual machine users–depending on your configuration, guest systems of the host system may or not need to run a BRU Server Agent.

The BRU Server Agent is a 32-bit application, therefore, it will run on any modern 32-bit x86 Linux. However, there is no support for 64-bit
installations for the graphical Server, therefore you must use the EM64T Linux with the 32-bit compatibility libraries installed.

 

GUI Console on Linux

 

    –All except as noted below

    –Ubutnu 11.04 32-bit is not currently supported due to a GTK problem as built in Ubuntu 11.04 32-bit. An update from Ubutnu will be required before
      the graphical Console can be supported by TOLIS Group.

The BRU Server Console GUI is a 32-bit application, therefore, it will run on any modern 32-bit x86 Linux. However, there is no support for 64-bit
installations for the graphical Server, therefore you must use the EM64T Linux with the 32-bit compatibility libraries installed.

 

Supported Tape Devices

 

System Requirements Windows (includes Agent component and GUI management console component)

 

Agent on Windows

 

    –Windows 2000 or later

    –20MB Disk Space

    –Pentium® 4 1.3 GHz with 256 MB RAM minimum recommended if using client-side compression or encryption

    –Virtual machine users–depending on your configuration, guest systems of the host system may or not need to run a BRU Server Agent.

 

Windows Open File Manager Add-on

 

    –All Windows systems running Active Directory, SQL, Exchange etc...only one OFM license per machine running open files is necessary, it is installed on a per-machine basis, not a per-application basis.  For all machines running the Windows OFM, a BRU Server Agent for Windows is also required to be installed.

 

GUI Console on Windows

 

    –The BRU Server Windows Console is a 32-bit application, therefore, it will run on any Windows 2000 or newer version. For Windows XP installations, Service Pack 2 or better must be installed.

 

 

 

Click the following links below to download the PDF documentation appropriate for your needs.

 

If you need assistance beyond what is found in the documentation for BRU Server, please visit TOLIS Group's support page for methods of contacting technical support directly.

 

BRU Server 2.x QuickStart Getting Started Guide

Instructions from download, to install component order, to first backup, to first restore.  As a true client/server product, BRU Server is a three component based product.   The Server Component is installed on the machine that will be attached to the storage device.  The Agent Component is installed on any machines that are to be backed up as clients of the BRU Server Server machine, including the machine with the Server Component installed if that machine is to be backed up as well.  The GUI Management Console is installed on any machine, Mac, Linux or Windows that can see the BRU Server Server machine on the network and is used to manage and control all operations of BRU Server.

 

BRU Server 2.x Complete Administrator's Guide

Everything a system Administrator needs to know about BRU Server's usage.  Chapter one is a duplication of the QuickStart Getting Started Guide.

 

Expanded Tutorials Posted August 1, 2016

Excluding Files from Your Backup

Setting up Pre (before the backup) and Post (after the backup) Job Tasks

 

BRU Server 2.x Upgrade Guide

This document is for users moving from BRU Server 1.x to 2.x only

 

BRU Server Command Line Tools Guide

A BRU Server CLI Reference Scripting Guide for users who wish to create custom scripts for BRU Server v1.2 and 2.x.

 

BRU Server Datasheet

 

BRU Server EULA

 

Supported Tape Devices

 

General BRU White Papers:

 

The BRU Advantage - Details on the elements that make BRU so effective.

Proving the BRU Advantage - BRU was originally developed because tar fails–see why.

BRU's Unique Availability Characteristics - More details about BRU's unique features.

Reliable Verification - Don't be fooled by foolish verification methods.

LTO — Big, Fast, and Cheap - TOLIS Group is pro-tape, see why.

Tape's Not Dead Tech - Tape is not a dead tech, it is fast, easy to use, and nothing else will protect your stored data as effectively for as long.

BRU Server and Parallels - How BRU and virtual environments such as Parallels and VMWare work together.

Virtual Machines and BRU - Workflow details on using BRU in a virtual machine environment.

TOLIS Group OFM for Live System Backup - BRU backs up open files and databases on Windows.

BRU's Support of Regulatory Governance - BRU ihelps you maintain compliance with government/research/medical regulations for backing up and recovering data.

Implementing Tape Storage on Apple Systems - Special considerations when using tape with Apple systems.

Tape vs. Disk vs. VTL Backup Options - BRU allows you to back up to any device type that works for your environment.

LTFS - One look at why LTFS is not the best choice for long term archival.

Case Study: Austrian Film Museum - Why the Austrian Film Museum chose BRU to protect their irreplaceable assets.

Tape Device Fibre Channel Zoning Considerations - Zoning Fibre Channel Devices, older document, still valid in 2016.

 

  • What is BRU Server for Linux/Mac OS X?

     

    BRU Server for Linux/Mac OS X are native Linux/Mac OS X network backup solutions that support client/server-based heterogeneous systems being served by a Linux/Mac OS X server system. Client system software is available to support a variety of system platforms (detail).

     

    BRU Server for Linux/Mac OS X are available in three versions (Basic - Network - Enterprise) to provide high value data protection across all networked system configurations. BRU Server is easily and cost-effectively expandable as one's organization grows. The number of supported client systems, out of the box, differentiates the versions. Scalability is seamless and virtually limitless, bounded only by the network architecture.

     

     

    See the BRU Advantage for yourself at BRU's Unique Availability Characteristics and The BRU Advantage.

     

  • Is BRU a "glorified" tar?

     

    Absolutely not. In fact, the development of BRU technology's logical data format was germinated by tar's inherent inability to reliably support the backup/restore operation. While BRU is not, many mainstream commercial backup tools are based on the tar, cpio, and MTF formats - formats that are basically flawed in their ability to reliably support data restore.

     

    BRU Server does use a tar-like syntax when used from the command line, as do most other true Unix tools. Read our White Paper on how BRU is clearly differentiated from tar (Tar - BRU Contrast). Proof of tar's backup Achilles heel (Proving the BRU Advantage); the same concept applies to cpio and MTF.

     

  • Does BRU Server support DAM/MAM Solutions such as CatDV, Axle, and DAX?

     

    Yes, BRU Server supports these solutions and more.  Integration with DAM and MAM packages combined with BRU Server's unmatched reliability ensures  your create work is protected now and forever.

     

     

     

  • Must BRU Server be installed on the network server system?

     

    The server component of BRU Server can reside on the network primary server, or on another system attached to the network to serve as a discrete backup system server.

     

    BRU Server incurs very little overhead, yet when the network server is task intensive it is advisable to attach an inexpensive Linux box (see system requirements at the tab above), or a Mac OS X box (see system requirements at the tab above) to the network to serve as the BRU Server backup system server.

     

    Creating a discrete backup system increases the availability of the primary server and the primary network server is simply treated as a client system, and its data is fully protected.

     

  • What Linux distributions does BRU Server support?

     

    There are many Linux distributions available, and all of the popular versions are supported. Users implementing specialized Linux versions are invited to download the fully functional BRU Server demo to proof its support.

     

    The only stipulation is that the system run a SCSI-stable kernel. Just because you received a kernel with your distribution doesn't mean that it's been tested against all possible hardware configurations. We have tested over 30 different 2.4 kernels from the vendors and from Kernel.org and have found that 2.4 kernels before 2.4.24 do not properly handle tape and library communications. If you must retain an older 2.4 kernel on your system for support issues, you will need to install 2.4.25 or 2.4.26 as a secondary kernel for use with BRU Server (or any other tape backup software for that matter) if you want consistently successful backup operations.  If using a 2.6 series kernel, 2.6.24 or later is required.

     

  • Does BRU Server provide 64-bit support?

     

    Yes. BRU technology has a long track record of 64-bit support that dates back to 1992. In 1996, BRU began its support of 64-bit filesystems under Linux in preparation for the 64-bit support being added to the ext2 filesystem. This level of support continues with BRU Server today.

     

  • What is the BRU Server client system license policy?

     

    The client system software is attached to a "seat" or "node", and not to the particular operating system type. No additional licenses must be purchased should client systems be replaced with systems based on a different platform. Simply install the appropriate platform agent and continue operation. The system running BRU Server is considered a client system.

     

    Incremental licenses needed in addition to those included with each BRU Server version are available in cost-effective packs of 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100. Incremental single licenses are also available. Please contact brusales@tolisgroup.com for more information and prices.

     

  • What is the maximum number of recommended clients per BRU Server copy?

     

    The number of supported client systems is a function of the available network bandwidth. While each system topology has its own nuances, the following guidelines should be helpful when configuring the BRU Server backup system: 10baseT = 25 clients, 100baseT = 250 clients, 1000baseT (Gigabit Ethernet) = 1000 clients.

     

  • How flexible is BRU Server backup scheduling?

     

    Scheduling is fully definable to support the exacting need of the organization. For example, full, incremental, or differential backups can be scheduled hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or during specific days of the week - whichever way makes the most sense.

     

  • Can BRU Server be administered remotely?

     

    BRU Server's character-based management console and operation from the command line provide local and remote control including the ability to manage "headless" backup and restore operations via telnet and ssh sessions. The BRU Server Console can be installed on any number of systems.

     

  • Does BRU Server verify backups without access to the original data?

     

    Yes. Unlike other backup tools, BRU technology calculates checksums on both the metadata and actual data and each checksum is included with the backed-up data on the media. By using BRU's unique Anytime Verify™ feature, backups can be 100% proofed in an out-of-band process that does not require continued access to the original data. The end result is the network server can resume its normal operation immediately following the backup. BRU Server supports bit-level comparison as well.

     

  • What is the likelihood my existing hardware will be supported?

     

    The likelihood is exceptionally high. BRU Server complies with computing standards, is transport layer agnostic, and provides native support of tape drives and tape libraries without the need for special drivers. As long as the component pieces of a system and its attendant network work together, BRU Server will perform reliably.  Check our Supported Tape Devices for more details.

     

  • What is Disk Staging?

     

    Disk Staging (D2D) allows an administrator to direct backups to a defined volume, or volumes, of hard drives attached to the server to accelerate the speed of backups. The Disk Stage can be used as the sole backup target device, or as a cache that ultimately writes to tape (D2D2T) devices (detail). BRU Server can also be configured to back up directly to tape (D2T).

     

  • Is Disk Staging a replacement for tape backup?

     

    It depends upon the value you ascribe to your data. For high value data, it is not. Trauma to the server could destroy primary storage and the Disk Stage, resulting in the irretrievable loss of data. Disk Staging provides dynamic redundancy, and unless configured to be the same size as primary storage, older data can be overwritten. Implementing tape as part of a backup strategy, and keeping tape copies off-site, provides heightened peace of mind that your data is safely protected.

     

  • Does BRU Server write to multiple tape devices?

     

    Yes, BRU Server can write to multiple drives within a tape library simultaneously, and can also write to multiple tape libraries attached to the BRU Server system.

     

  • Does BRU server interleave client data?

     

    No, it does not. The interleaving of client data intersperses bits of client system data with other client system data. This mandates a layer of complexity at the software level to manage the bits, and the recovery of data for a particular client system is slow. Also, when interleaved data is archived on tape and a tape is lost, the data of multiple client systems will be lost.

     

  • How Secure is BRU Server?

     

    Exceptionally high. BRU Server uses the NIST Advanced Encryption Standard (AES 256-bit symmetric cipher) algorithm for network transmission data encryption and the Secure Remote Password Protocol (RFC2945) to manage access to the data.

     

  • What is the value of placing catalogs on both the server hard drive and tapes?

     

    In short - huge if the catalogs on the backup server hard disk are either lost or altered. The catalogs are the road map to your data. When lost, they must be manually re-created - a painful and time-consuming effort. If the catalog is lost when using BRU, simply use BRU Server's Scan feature and the catalogs will be automatically re-created on the server's hard disk from the catalogs contained on the tapes. The process takes minutes versus the hours/days of manual re-creation that can suffer from human error.

     

  • What is BRU's SmartRestore™?

     

    Like most Unix-based operating systems, Linux and Mac OS X use shared files. These files are always active and are critical to system operation. A system crash can be a very real occurrence when trying to restore (overwrite) an active shared file. Before BRU attempts to restore a shared file it will move the existing file with its text busy flag (whether set, or not) and its memory pointers to a temporary location so the system can continue to operate. BRU then places the file being restored in the original location. The moved file is then removed from its temporary location when the system is rebooted.

     

  • How do I backup live databases with BRU Server?

     

    On Unix systems (Linux, Mac OS X), pre and post-scripts may be run to freeze the state of a database running on that client system, or export its state to an intermediate file. For Windows platforms, use TOLIS Group's Open File Manager (OFM) module to perform line database backup of applications such as Exchange, Outlook , Filemaker, etc. Only one (1) OFM license is needed when multiple database applications are running on one Windows Server.  For more details see our white paper BRU Open File Backup for Windows.

     

  • What is BRU Server's disaster recovery capability?

     

    Speed is the primary requirement when recovering a system following a disastrous failure. The combination of reloading a system's baseline OS and then fully restoring the system from a BRU archive takes less time than that needed by the disaster recovery CDs created by other tools to merely boot the system. This holds true when recovering Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix-core systems. Additionally, the comprehensiveness of BRU backups assures the system is completely and accurately restored to its pre-failure state.

  • Does BRU Server support the ZFS filesystem?

     

    Yes, BRU Server provides seamless support of the ZFS filesystem.  In fact, BRU Server has no specific filesystem limitations and is capable of working with existing and future filesystems with no modifications.