Microsoft SharePoint Server, a program that lets companies set up web sites, search for data and organize corporate documents, topped $800 million in sales in the year that ended June 30, 2007, representing more than 85 million licenses to 17,000 customers. Sales of SharePoint, introduced in 2001, have grown faster than any other piece of software in the company's history.1
That's a lot of business-critical collaborative information being created and stored, perhaps at your company.
If you don't have an agent for it, however, you might not be protecting all this information properly. Backup Exec™ can protect that data for you, using Granular Restore Technology (GRT). GRT allows you to restore a single SharePoint document, within seconds. Previous TechTips described how Backup Exec's GRT allows for one-pass backup and recovery of single messages or documents from Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Active Directory as well. Read more about Active Directory Tech Tips here. Read an Exchange Server Tech Tip here.
Back up with one pass
GRT differentiates Backup Exec by allowing you to back up in a single pass of the SharePoint database and then granularly restore documents out of the backup set. Competitors typically require multiple passes, so not only does it take more time to execute the backup, but it also occupies more disk or tape space. By using GRT, however, you can not only perform granular recovery, you can also save time and space.
Compare this to traditional methods which force you to recover the entire SharePoint database, or redirect the SharePoint database to another server—then manually go into that data, pull out the item you need, and replace it into the repository where it once was. Backup Exec allows you to see where all the backup sets are, and also the individual documents within them. Then you can just pull back the document you need without having to restore the entire SharePoint database.
Works on Windows SharePoint Services
In addition to traditional SharePoint, Backup Exec's GRT also works on Windows SharePoint Services, the free-to-download, smaller-footprint version of SharePoint. This means smaller businesses and other organizations can benefit from Backup Exec's GRT capabilities as well.
If your SharePoint data is growing at the same rate as most companies', protecting that data is a growing concern. Backup Exec for SharePoint with Granular Restore Technology lets you provide SharePoint documents the same protection that you do your other critical data.