ANNOUNCEMENT: Server Backup Manager to Focus 100% of Future Development on Linux!

Posted by Mary McCoy on Oct 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Recently we have been examining the architectures of our backup solution with an eye for improving performance, increasing reliability, and delivering innovative features. Our work has led us to question the viability of Windows as a supported platform for the Server Backup Manager (SBM). While we are 100% committed to protecting servers and systems of all common varieties, the benefits of running the Server Backup Manager on Windows systems fails to meet muster. We have also been deep in work to deliver some exciting and innovative features that can be best realized on Linux systems.

Moving forward, we plan to advance our development efforts focusing on the Server Backup Manager running on Linux operating systems. We are always open to further consideration and would appreciate hearing your concerns and questions. For now, here are key product change details and our reason for backing Linux 100%.

R1Soft SBM Roadmap

We anticipate that last month's Server Backup Manager 5.12 release will be the final feature release supporting the SBM running on Windows operating systems. We will continue to provide critical updates for the SBM running on Windows through the next year. However, please understand that there may not be any further software releases of the SBM supporting Windows following October 1, 2016. Technical support for partners will continue based upon the terms of any maintenance and support agreements. 

In the time period leading up to the End of Life date, R1Soft will release product updates to provide migration support between SBM servers as well as convenience features assisting with the migration of entire SBM servers.

5 Reasons for This Change - The Advantages of Linux

1. Linux does not require the additional licensing cost or associated restrictions. 

One of the reasons why we choose to fully support Linux is to save costs for our clients. Microsoft licensures can be incredibly expensive with ongoing costs and can usually only be applied for a single device. Linux, however, is free to download and can be installed on as many desktops and servers as you see fit.

2. Linux is open source and is therefore, largely community-driven.

Many hosting providers rely on Linux as their OS because they can adapt and distribute the source code to best meet their needs. This allows them greater flexibility, especially as they can choose among the following distributions: Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu and Mint. The global community of developers and contributors behind Linux is also a major draw as a mind share and hub for innovative new iterations of code to help IT professionals use the platform for multiple purposes.

3. Linux has a reputation for being more secure. 

Sysadmins don't just have more control in configuring source code with Linux, they also maintain more authority over their environments. Administrative privileges are only given to the root user, who is also always able to view the file system. Restricting employee access and actions helps keep your network more secure. Again the fact that Linux is open source also gives it a security advantage. Should a virus hit, you won't have to rely on Microsoft to issue a patch. You'll be able to mitigate the damage faster with a whole community of problem-solvers seeking to correct the issue ASAP.

4. Linux is applauded for having a smaller footprint and resource load. 

According to a TechRadar article published last year, Linux is the "fastest performing OS with the smallest resource footprint." Unlike with Windows servers, you're not reliant on costly and frequent hardware upgrades to maintain high performance. As PCWorld puts it, the OS is "slim, trim, flexible and scalable, and it performs admirably on just about any computer, regardless of processor or machine architecture." The cost to maintain a Windows server exceeds the cost for a Linux server handling the same workload.

5. Linux's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is ideal for a hosting provider's budget.

No user-based licensing. No costly add-ons. No exorbitant hardware upgrades. Linux is your best bet for an OS with a low TCO!


This change will help us focus our development efforts and open new doors to some exciting features and functionality. We expect that all of our partners will appreciate the changes and welcome the reduced cost of ownership and improved performance that the SBM running on Linux will bring. As always, please feel free to reach out to your account representative directly with any questions or concerns. Thank you. 

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Meet Mary! Mary McCoy is Continuum’s resident Inbound Marketing Specialist and social media enthusiast. She recently graduated from the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!) with a BA in Economics and served as digital marketing intern for Citi Performing Arts Center (Citi Center), spearheading the nonprofit’s #GivingTuesday social media campaign. Like her school’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, Mary believes learning never ends. She considers herself a passionate, lifelong student of content creation and inbound marketing.

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