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LiteSpeed for SQL Server 8.6 - Release Notes

Release Notes

LiteSpeed® for SQL Server 8.6

Release Notes

September 2017

These release notes provide information about the LiteSpeed® for SQL Server 8.6 release.

About LiteSpeed® for SQL Server 8.6

LiteSpeed for SQL Server 8.6 is a major release, with new features and functionality. See New and Updated Features. LiteSpeed for SQL Server, or LiteSpeed, is a fast and flexible backup and recovery solution that allows DBAs to easily maintain complete control over the backup and recovery process. Its low-impact, high-performance compression and encryption technology enables users to reduce storage costs and protect data, while improving both backup and disaster recovery times. With the improved compression and LiteSpeed's Fast Compression technology, LiteSpeed for SQL Server can further reduce disk space and backup time up to another 85% over traditional, compressed full backup solutions. The result is a unique backup and recovery approach, unmatched in flexibility, that greatly reduces backup times, creates a significantly smaller storage footprint, and maintains a high level of recoverability.

Key Benefits

  • Cloud backup for Microsoft Azure Blob storage and Amazon S3

  • Reduce storage requirements to save valuable disk space with Fast Compression (reduce storage and improve backup times up to 85% over traditional full backup solutions)
  • Optimize use of available server resources with LiteSpeed's Adaptive Compression
  • Reduce backup times to improve maintenance windows
  • Reduce restore times to avoid excessive downtime
  • Automate backup testing and running database consistency checks using Automated Restore

  • Easily configure backup jobs and maintenance plans on multiple instances by deploying LiteSpeed Backup Templates
  • Easily configure and monitor Log Shipping using the Create LiteSpeed Log Shipping Plan Wizard and Monitoring tab in the LiteSpeed UI Console
  • Recover data and schema from backups using LiteSpeed's Object Level Recovery
  • Undo critical transactions using LiteSpeed's Transaction Log Reader
  • View backup performance across the enterprise using LiteSpeed's centralized reporting repository
  • Easily manage SQL Agent jobs across multiple servers using LiteSpeed's Job Manager
  • Easily configure maintenance plans across the enterprise using LiteSpeed's Maintenance Plan Designer
  • Leverage LiteSpeed's advanced engine tuning, including CPU Affinity, CPU Throttling, and Threading options
  • Analyze your environment for best backup performance and identify bottlenecks using LiteSpeed's Backup Analyzer
  • Eight highly optimized levels of compression
  • Secure data using backup encryption up to AES-256

New Features

New and Updated Features

New and updated features in LiteSpeed Version 8.6.

 

Mirroring backups to cloud storage

LiteSpeed now supports mirroring backups to the Cloud.

Mirroring backups in Backup Templates to local and cloud storage

LiteSpeed now supports mirroring backups in conjunction with Backup Templates. This new feature applies to local backups and backups to cloud storage.

OLR (Object Level Recovery) reads backups from cloud storage

LiteSpeed OLR (Object Level Recovery) can now be used to restore particular database objects (like tables with data) direct from cloud storage.

Log Reader reads backup files direct from cloud storage

Log Reader can now read backup files direct from cloud storage.

 

Enhancements

Enhancements

The following is a list of enhancements implemented in LiteSpeed 8.6.

Table 1: Common enhancements

Enhancement Issue ID
LiteSpeed supports the Microsoft Azure large Blob Block type (up to 4.77GB).  
Log Reader can now load more objects from logs into memory as the LiteSpeed user interface now runs in 64 bit mode.  
Log Reader now supports striped files. File selection is now in two steps: select backup files then select backup sets from selected files. Implementation of this feature allows you to select individual stripe files and combine stripe files as required.  
LiteSpeed supports Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration Speed in Backup Wizards, Templates, and Maintenance Plans. Using S3 Transfer Acceleration you may notice up to 200% increase in upload speeds.  
The LiteSpeed Automated Restore feature has a new - "No Recovery“ option. Automated Restore finds the latest backup for a database, restores it, and checks the restored database for consistency. The "No Recovery" option leaves the database in a non recoverable state which may be useful in the case of preparing a database to setup availability groups on it.  

Deprecated features

Deprecated features

The following is a list of features that are no longer supported.

  • Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 are no longer supported.
  • SQL Server 2000 is no longer supported.
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