We are pleased to announce the general availability of SQL Safe Backup 8.5. Existing users may upgrade to this version through the IDERA Customer Portal. New users may download the trial version from the IDERA website.

IDERA SQL Safe Backup provides a high-performance backup and recovery solution for Microsoft SQL Server. SQL Safe Backup saves money by reducing database backup times by up to 50% over native backups and reducing backup disk space requirements by up to 95%. SQL Safe Backup also enables complete "hands-free" automated backups of your entire SQL Server infrastructure and ensures compliance with your organization's backup and recovery policies. From implementations with tens of SQL Servers to enterprises with hundreds of instances spread around the globe, SQL Safe Backup is the only SQL Server backup and recovery solution that scales to meet the challenge.

What's New in SQL Safe Backup 8.5?

  • Support for SQL Server 2017
    SQL Safe Backup 8.5 includes support for Microsoft SQL Server 2017 CU4+, the most recent release of Microsoft SQL Server, running on a Windows operating system.
  • Product compatibility with TLS 1.2 to support updated security and PCI requirements
    TLS stands for Transport Layer Security and it is the cryptographic protocol that is used when connecting to a server securely. TLS v1.0 is no longer considered secure by industry standards and has gradually been discontinued across various environments. As such, SQL Safe Backup 8.5 now supports TLS 1.2.

  • Updated Virtual Database Page
    The Virtual Database page has been updated to allow users to easily manage the virtual databases that have been mounted. Users can quickly and easily identify which virtual databases are mounted on which SQL Server instance. This updated user interface also allows users to easily update the backup files that are used for the mounted virtual database.


  • Updated Agent Properties
    The SQL Safe Agents page have been updated so that the properties windows now contains settings for SQL Virtual Database. This update will allow users to customize settings based on the configuration of the target server.


  • Enhanced Groom Settings
    The groom settings for SQL Safe Backup have been improved to allow users to granularly control the amount of operational history that is to be maintained by SQL Safe Backup. This improvement will provide users with more control on maintaining the size of the SQL Safe repository database.

This release also includes several bug fixes. For a detailed list of bug fixes, please review the release notes.

You may learn more about this release from the following resources:

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