New BackupAssist Zip-To-Tape Add-on Saves the day with NTBackup Replacement for Windows Server 2008

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When Microsoft released Windows Server 2008 without NTBackup tape support, many I.T. Administrators using tape drive backups were outraged. They were left with few choices: write-off their significant investments in tape drive hardware, or attempt to source third party tape backup software - an option that seemed likely to increase the complexity and expense of tape backups to a point where they were no longer a viable backup solution.

We've made the whole process really easy, so you don't need to get a university degree to operate it.

The decision to exclude NTBackup support has left Microsoft with very few fans in the SMB I.T. market. But enter a software company that listens to its customers and creates products to meet the SMB market's demand for simple, cost-effective backup solutions… and nothing else.

When it was first released in 2002, BackupAssist was immediately welcomed by SMBs looking for simple backup software that didn't cost an arm and a leg. Now the same innovative company has developed the BackupAssist Zip-To-Tape Add-on to fill the gap in tape drive support for Windows Server 2008 users… and it's set to be just as well received as the original BackupAssist software.

The new BackupAssist Zip-To-Tape Add-on provides a simple solution to the missing tape drive support problem in Server 2008 and other newer Windows operating systems. It's a solution that some say should have been included all along - tape backup software that uses the ZIP64 standard to automatically compress data for easy storage on tape.

"We were very surprised when Microsoft decided to drop NTBackup, because we've all been happily using it for years" says Linus Chang, Lead Developer and C.E.O. of BackupAssist's parent company Cortex I.T. "But we were already working on our Zip Engine as a means to compress and encrypt backup data, so when our customers asked for help with tape drive support on Windows Server 2008, we were able to come up with a simple solution very quickly."

Everyone knows that zipping files and folders is a simple and effective backup method - ZIP is a trusted and proven technology. But think of BackupAssist's ZIP Engine as 'ZIP Turbocharged'. It has multi-threading architecture, tuned for performance. It outperforms WinZIP by a factor of three on entry-level servers and takes ZIP64 to the next level by automating the process. That makes it one of the best tape backup solutions on the market, suitable for even the most demanding business backups.

What's more, data is restorable nearly anywhere thanks to the ZIP open standard - you don't even need to use BackupAssist software to restore your data - but it's highly recommended. (BackupAssist V5 includes a new Restore Console which makes it amazingly easy to search your backups and restore data to the original destination - other ZIP software simply won't do that.)

The BackupAssist Zip-To-Tape Add-on gives you real-time data compression on-the-fly, allowing you to store more data on each tape. It also gives you simple 256-bit AES encryption, so you can give your backups password protection. And it's all put together with an extremely user-friendly interface and easy to follow wizards. "We've made the whole process really easy, so you don't need to get a university degree to operate it." Linus says.

"Our new Zip-to-Tape Add-on adds yet another important feature set to our family of products, which also includes solutions for imaging, Exchange, SQL and Rsync." Linus explains. "Together, BackupAssist V5 with the BackupAssist Zip-To-Tape Add-on gives you a Server 2008 tape backup solution and a complete software package that covers all your backup needs."

(BackupAssist V5 US$249. BackupAssist Zip-To-Tape Add-on US$149. Total package: US$378.)

BackupAssist Zip-To-Tape Add-On Features

  • Support for tape drives - backup to a standalone tape drive.
  • Multi-threading architecture - outperforms WinZIP by a factor of three.
  • Open .ZIP format - backups are stored as .ZIP files for easy access on any Windows-based machine.
  • Real-time data compression (on-the-fly), saving tape storage space.
  • 256-bit AES data encryption to give your backups password protection.
  • Easy, perfect restore including time stamps, NTFS attributes, ADS etc.
  • User-friendly interface with easy to follow wizards. No training necessary.
  • OS: Windows 2008 Family, Windows 2003 Family, Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Purchasing information:
Purchase online at
BackupAssist - US$249
BackupAssist Zip-to-Tape add-on - US$129
(Total package: US$378.)

Discounts available for not-for-profit organizations. Reseller enquiries welcome.


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