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About storage configuration

The Unitrends system is configured as a backup system, a replication system, or as both a backup and replication system if performing both roles.

Note:  Rack-mounted systems sold before May 2011 and older desktop units do not support replication. Instead, legacy vaulting is used. In these systems, the installation type is backup system, vault system, or cross-vault if performing both roles. For a description of supported installation types by system, see Installation types and replication.

The system’s storage needs vary based on the role it plays in the environment. Use the storage interface to do the following:

Optimize distribution of storage depending on the role of the system.
Add SAN or a NAS storage as rotational archiving targets using high speed interconnects, like Fibre Channel and 10Gb Ethernet.
Protect a NAS share by mounting it directly on the Unitrends system. This eliminates the network latency associated with data transfer for NAS shares backed up as mounted devices on protected clients of the system.
Add backup or vaulting storage to Unitrends virtual (Unitrends Backup) systems. Vaulting storage is only used for systems running the legacy vaulting feature. For replication, data is written to the backup storage area.
Optimize storage utilization by selecting an ingest rate strategy for the data being protected compared to the amount of retention on the system.

The storage interface displays all storage targets that have been configured. For each target, details about the storage are given, including its usage, associated device, type, mount point, size, free space, and status (online or offline).

See these topics for details:

Storage types
Adding storage to the system
Configuring storage
Storage allocation and distribution
Balancing backup performance and retention