Firestreamer-RM Extends Functionality of Microsoft Backup Utility and SQL Server Backup

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Cristalink Limited announced the release of Firestreamer-RM 2.0, software that extends the functionality of the Microsoft Backup Utility (NTBackup) and Microsoft SQL Server Backup to a wide range of backup media, including DVD, Iomega REV, HDD and flash memory. In addition to the new media types, Firestreamer-RM provides such advanced features as data compression and encryption, media and drive spanning, support for remote drives, integration with Windows Automated System Recovery and more.

Cristalink Limited announced the release of Firestreamer-RM (Removable Media) 2.0, server grade backup software for Microsoft Windows systems. Firestreamer-RM emulates a virtual tape drive and seamlessly integrates with the Microsoft Removable Storage, allowing the use of the Microsoft Backup Utility (NTBackup) and Microsoft SQL Server Backup (SQLBackup) with a wide range of backup media, including DVD, Iomega REV, hard disk drives, flash memory and so on. In addition to the newly supported media types, Firestreamer-RM extends the inherent benefits of Microsoft's backup software with data compression and encryption, media and drive spanning, support for remote drives and integration with Windows Automated System Recovery.

Firestreamer-RM writes data directly to backup media with no intermediate file system or "burning engine" layers, which results in reduced CPU usage and faster backups in comparison to conventional backup software, let alone packet writing (Drive Letter Access) solutions. The Firestreamer-RM media is presented as a separate media pool in the Microsoft Removable Storage, eliminating the hassle of managing .BKF (NTBackup) and .BAK (SQLBackup) files. Besides, to remove the need to manually change the media during backup operations, Firestreamer-RM offers the ability to span large backups across multiple pieces of media and multiple media drives. The software also supports remote media drives connected via TCP/IP with the iSCSI technology.

A huge advantage of Firestreamer-RM is that the most of the backup job is performed by the native Microsoft backup software, which supports the volume shadow copy and other advanced technologies, and is capable to back up live Microsoft Windows Server systems, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server databases. Firestreamer-RM is fully compatible with Windows Automated System Recovery and allows a bare metal restore in the event of a catastrophic system or hardware failure, when Windows does not start correctly.

Firestreamer-RM supports data encryption using the US Federal Information Processing Standard FIPS 197 Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). The strength of the 256 bit key length of the AES algorithm is sufficient to protect classified information up to the Top Secret level. To promote confidence in Firestreamer-RM encryption, Cristalink Limited has published on their website the source code that exposes the Firestreamer-RM media data formats and encryption implementation details.

"The unique features of Firestreamer-RM make it attractive to everyone who currently uses NTBackup and SQLBackup with tapes, but is considering other storage media", – says Nick Repin, Cristalink CEO. "Firestreamer-RM offers painless transition from tape backups to external HDD, DVD or Iomega REV drives, and allows to reuse all the existing tape oriented backup scripts and procedures. Those already using NTBackup and SQLBackup with non-tape media will benefit from Firestreamer-RM compression, data encryption, media and drive spanning, remote media drives and simply faster backups. If you are considering low cost feature packed backup software for your Windows server, desktop PC or laptop, Firestreamer-RM can be a viable option".

The software operates on Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and 2003 Server, and is compatible with Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and 2003. Firestreamer-RM costs $30 USD for a single-computer license, and may be ordered securely online. A fully functional version of the software can be downloaded for a free 30-day trial from Firestreamer's website at

For additional information, contact Nick Repin, +64 9 837 7641, press (at) cristalink (dot) com, or visit

Cristalink is a trademark and Firestreamer is a registered trademark of Cristalink Limited, New Zealand. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

About Cristalink Limited:

Founded in 2002 in Auckland, New Zealand, Cristalink Limited specializes in device driver development, reverse engineering, and application development for Microsoft Windows operating systems. For additional information and free evaluation copies of all Cristalink products, please visit Cristalink's website at

Contact Information:

Nick Repin

Cristalink Limited

Auckland, New Zealand
press (at) cristalink (dot) com

tel +64 9 837 7641

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