What is AppAssure?

, What is AppAssure?

In my travels as a network engineer I often hear the question, “What is AppAssure?”  The simple answer is that AppAssure is a comprehensive backup solution, but that is only telling half the story.

When installed with a replication partner AppAssure is a very robust system for backup, replication and disaster recovery. Here’s how it works. 

AppAssure is a software solution which runs on top of a Windows Server host.  The software may be purchased as either a stand-alone product or as a pre-installed rack-mount name brand appliance.  In either configuration this central server is known as a “Core”.  The core acts as the onsite repository of all backed up data.

Like a traditional backup solution, the AppAssure core communicates to each protected server via a lightweight agent. Following an initial “base” or “seed” of the server the agent monitors changes on the server between each backup.  This backup is known as a snapshot.  The cadence on this snapshot process is infinitely variable with a minimum value of 5 minutes. At each snapshot interval the agent aggregates all the changed blocks on the server, and following de-duplication and compression, they are written to the core.

Unlike many disk-based solutions the AppAssure agent and process is very lightweight and has trivial impact on the target server.

In a follow up blog post I will cover AppAssure’s restore and “Live Recovery” features.


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Brian joined Adaptive in March, 2013 after working in small business IT consulting and 2 years in-house at Archer & Greiner. He specializes in Windows Servers and related Microsoft technologies, VMware, and Backup and Recovery. When he’s not working, he can be found coaching his son’s baseball team, cheering on his daughter’s field hockey team, or blowing off steam at the gym.

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