HP Announces Addition of KeepVault Online Backup Services

by Alex Kuretz on February 17, 2010 · 6 comments

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HP is announcing the addition of the KeepVault Online Backup services to their list of recommended applications for use with the MediaSmart Server. This is not an Add-In developed by HP, but rather appears to be a partnership with KeepVault that offers a discount to owners of the HP MediaSmart Server.

I’ve got an open question to HP asking if this is completely replacing the HP Online Backup Add-In that was available previously and utilized Amazon S3 for storage, and I’ve not yet had an answer but expect that this is the case. UPDATE: HP has replied to let me know that “Amazon S3 will continue for those customers using our 485/487 products (e.g. they will not have to switch to KeepVault). For the 490/495, however, KeepVault is currently our only online backup offering.”

You can read the full announcement from HP below, and visit the HP Software page here.

HP is excited to add the KeepVault and KeepVault Pro and Business Online Backup services from Proxure to the list of recommended applications for use with the HP MediaSmart Server and HP Data Vault product lines. With KeepVault, customers now have the option to backup their Server online, protecting their data in the event of fire, flood, or other disaster. Critical business files or priceless memories can be recovered quickly and reliably.

KeepVault provides real-time online backup for any HP MediaSmart Server or HP Data Vault. KeepVault is designed for Windows Home Server and is fully integrated into the Windows Home Server Console. KeepVault is presented as a Windows Home Server Add-in, and is easy to install and intuitive to use. Included is an additional piece of software called KeepVault Connector which provides automatic synching of PC data and files to the HP MediaSmart Server or HP Data Vault.

KeepVault Pro and Business has all the great features of KeepVault plus additional value for advanced needs and small businesses. KeepVault Pro and Business enables best in class upload speeds, up to 3X regular KeepVault speeds. Data is encrypted prior to being sent, and remains encrypted in the cloud with secure 128 bit encryption (soon 256 bit). The Pro and Business version can backup multiple HP Data Vaults or HP MediaSmart Servers to the cloud, and allows remote access to files from any internet connected computer – at home, office, or on the road. KeepVault Pro and Business also includes administrative features such as enhanced alert notification, proxy server support, and admin lockdown.

Online storage options range from 20GB to 5TB, and customers can start their disaster recovery plan for as little as $3.60/month by creating a Login and installing the KeepVault software on the WHS device as an Add-in.

Customers can access the KeepVault Online Backup service presented by HP through the HP MediaSmart Server and HP Data Vault Add Software link located within the WHS Console or online directly at http://www.hp.com/united-states/consumer/everyday-computing/mediasmartserver/index.html.

KeepVault Online Backup will be available in English starting today, with other languages to be released in the near future. Look for a future communication and continue to check back via the Add Software link for updates and exclusive new features and functions designed for the HP MediaSmart Server and HP Data Vault product.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR HP CUSTOMERS – Sign up for KeepVault now to receive up to 20% off the first year’s subscription.

We thank everyone for their continued support of the MediaSmart Server and HP Data Vault products.

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of MediaSmartServer.net. I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.


JohnBick February 17, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Awwwwwriiiiight!!!! I was about to make a change from S3 to get encryption and this looks like an alternative! At least the timing is perfect for my decision!

Comp1962 February 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I think I will look into it. Thanks Alex for bringing this to our attention.

Glyn Hughes February 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Very interesting…

KeepVault was going to be my first choice of offsite backup but I decided to go with BungleDisk as that had a proper WHS Console Add-In at the time.

Little did I know that BungleDisk would fail miserably, become unsupported and cause me untold grief in the event of a fire.

I am currently evaluating Cloudberry Backup for WHS and they also have companion programs such as Cloudberry Explorer & Cloudberry Online backup for various platforms but this KeepVault offering looks good.

TaccardiT February 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

This does sound like a good technical solution. Am I reading this correctly, that KeepVault charges purely for the amount of storage one uses (in increments – ie, 40gb, 80gb, 130gb, etc.)? Amazon S3 charges based on the amount of data transferred.

Chris Cowles February 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Can KeepVault back up your WHS backups? If so, what is the outcome of restoring your backups after rebuilding a server?

Alex Kuretz March 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

@TaccardiT – I believe so, I’ve not investigated KeepVault very closely.

@Chris Cowles – To my knowledge, no, unless you make a copy of them using BDBB to a local share on the server and then set KeepVault to back that up. Keep in mind this could be hundreds of GB or more depending on the size of your backup database. The BDBB wiki entry has some info about restores.

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