A new study conducted by NovaStor, in conjunction with reseller partners, takes a closer look at the efficiency of common backup solutions when tasked with backing up average file-sizes for small businesses, and unusually large files.

AGOURA HILLS, CA – October 14, 2014 – / — NovaStor, an international provider of award-winning backup solutions, has released results of a study conducted by its engineers that puts common backup solutions through their paces to test both common file-size environments and extraordinarily large files.

With businesses requiring data protection solutions that provide peak performance in environments specific to their industry, NovaStor has placed a priority on tuning the NovaBACKUP® product line to match intended markets and surpass customer expectations. Based on a statistic which averages the most common small business backup job, the primary benchmark was conducted based on roughly 400,000 files for a total of 370GB before compression, storing to an external storage device over USB3.0 technology.

The results of this benchmark1 were reported as follows:

Time to Complete Backup 
• NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16 – Time Elapsed: 1 hours, 52 minutes
• Competitor A – 2 hours, 16 minutes
• Competitor B – 2 hours, 36 minutes

Peak CPU Usage 
• NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16 – 0.1%
• Competitor A – 0.8%
• Competitor B – 0.4%

Peak Memory Usage 
• NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16 – 0.2%
• Competitor A – 1.2%
• Competitor B – 2.9%

( Complete competitive analysis located on the NovaStor Blog )

Understanding that even small businesses are occasionally working with very large files, additional benchmarking2 was conducted using the specification of 250 files, at roughly 5GB each, with a more limited throughput to an external storage device using USB2.0 technology.

Time to Complete Backup 
• NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16 – Time Elapsed: 11 hours, 9 minutes
• Competitor A – 10 hours, 59 minutes
• Competitor B – 20 hours, 50 minutes

Peak CPU Usage
• NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16 – 3.7%
• Competitor A – 6.8%
• Competitor B – 5.3%

Peak Memory Usage
• NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16 – 0.5%
• Competitor A – 1.4%
• Competitor B – 2.9%

In this more extreme environment, the top performers completed in roughly the same amount of time, with NovaBACKUP leading the pack in both CPU usage and Peak Memory usage.

The importance of these results is further heightened by the technology budgetary constraints that a majority of small businesses face. Backup software must be efficient enough to protect data with minimal technology resources, and in shared environments without the need for a dedicated physical server. Should intervention be required by the network administrator in the event of software conflict or job failure, the business will incur additional loss in terms of both cost and productivity. Solutions such as NovaBACKUP from NovaStor have been designed as a “backup for the rest of us”, performing impressively in limited environments to provide small businesses with a reliable data-protection solution and meet them where they are in the evolution of their technology environment.

About NovaStor
NovaStor® ( is an international provider of powerful, affordable, all inclusive data-protection solutions for physical and virtual environments. NovaStor provides backup & restore solutions to Small and Medium Business (SMB) as well as Enterprise environments to protect data on Both Sides of the Cloud. NovaStor’s SMB solution NovaBACKUP® is rated #1 for businesses requiring local and remote protection of Windows Servers, VMware, Hyper-V and NAS environments with advanced monitoring capability, detailed reporting, and administration from a Central Management Console. NovaStor’s Enterprise solution NovaBACKUP DataCenter brings F500 references, scalability, reliability and speed to medium-large heterogeneous environments; a single pane of glass designed to reduce administrative effort and lower TCO. NovaStor’ Setup Assistance is an industry first where experts relieve clients from the complexity of installation and support. NovaStor is management-owned with over 5,000 partners, and millions of seats distributed. With global headquarters located in Zug, Switzerland and offices in Germany (Hamburg) and the USA (Agoura Hills), NovaStor is also represented in numerous other countries through partnerships.

benchmark1 environment: Windows Server 2012 R2, Intel® Core™ i7-4770 CPU @ 3.4 GHz, Installed memory (RAM): 16 GB, USB3.0 external storage

benchmark2 environment: Windows Server 2012 R2, Intel® Core™ i7-4770 CPU @ 3.4 GHz, Installed memory (RAM): 16 GB, USB2.0 external storage

For further information
Sean Curiel
29209 Canwood Street
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Tel.: +1 (0)805 579 6700
Fax: +1 (0)805 579 6710

Source: NovaStor


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