Backup, Archival, and Storage Solutions for the Real World

bruAPP™ Backup Appliance for Easy and Secure Backup and Archival

A Secure Backup and Restore Solution for Platform-Independent and
Ultra-Reliable Data Protection


The bruAPP system is a fully secure, self contained storage system running the bruAPP O/S.  The bruAPP/OS is a custom TOLIS Group backup operating system that directly integrates the BRU Server software on the bruAPP unit itself.  The bruAPP is not a general purpose server, it is a specialized backup appliance for the purposes of securely performing backup, restore, and archiving tasks in an easy to manage solution.


Available in models of up to 480TB of integrated storage.


Designed for environments that do not have robust IT staff, the bruAPP does all the work!


Choose the option below for detailed information

About bruAPP

Models and Pricing

Supported Clients


Technical FAQs

Any solution is only as good as its weakest link. The bruAPP Backup Appliance is a complete backup solution in an appliance that uses tested & proven hardware and software components.


The operating system of each and every bruAPP Backup Appliance is the bruAPP/OS™. A TOLIS Group-developed, custom backup-oriented operating system derived from components of FreeBSD, Linux, and TOLIS Group-native code. This highly tuned bruAPP/OS forms the heart of the bruAPP backup appliance. "Backup oriented" is key because the bruAPP Backup Appliance performs a single function, and that is the backup and recovery of data. Unencumbered by traditional operating system overhead and complexity, bruAPP/OS delivers rock solid operating system stability to assure uninterrupted and seamless backup system operation today and into the future. The bruAPP/OS renders the bruAPP Backup Appliance's operation totally impervious to software upgrades at the server system level.


The bruAPP Backup Appliance is available in 1U and 4U rack mount configurations (ultra quiet tower configurations for non-rack use are also available by request).  The bruAPP Backup Appliance may also be bundled with your choice of external TOLIS Group tape autoloaders and libraries for single source support for all items related to the backup task. All models support externally-connected SAS tape drives and libraries without the need for special drivers, even if the tape device was not purchased from TOLIS Group.


Automated archival solutions for medical, law enforcement, government, and other business types who's needs require specialized archive services to access data from network storage locations to a central network archive and restore archived data back to the network storage locations are available as well.



bruAPP at a glance


• Enterprise grade hardware with client/server data backup and restore
   services in a self-contained appliance without the need for an enterprise-
   grade IT staff.

• Delivers true "server-less" backup without dependence on any network
   server.  Integrated RAID for staging provides LAN-Free backup of client
   data to tape.

• Remote Management Consoles run on any Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows
   system in your environment with network connectivity to the bruAPP.

• bruAPP™ for Windows models have the available BRU Open File
   Manager for backing up open files on Windows such as those used by
   SQL, Exchange, Active Directory etc...
• Supports over 10 different client operating systems including Mac OS X,
   Linux, Windows, Windows Server, and Unix systems.

• Broad range of models that support D2D, D2T, and D2D2T strategies
   with up to 480TB of RAID disk stage capacity and tape libraries of any
   size including our expandable TGL6800 FLEX Plus library.

• All BRU products are fully compliant with best business security practices
   including those mandated by Sarbanes-Oxley.

• Plug and play ease-of-installation and intuitive operation - perform your
   first backup operation in under 15 minutes after opening the box.

• Completely self-contained and constructed of enterprise-grade hardware

• All units include 3-years of depot hardware warranty.

• All units include 3-years of top-tier software support that can be renewed

• For more technical information about the complete bruAPP line and its
   operations please visit our in-depth bruAPP hardware pages.


The bruAPP O/S - the Heart of the bruAPP


The bruAPP/OS™ is a TOLIS Group developed, custom backup-oriented operating system derived from components of FreeBSD, Linux, and TOLIS Group code. This highly tuned bruAPP/OS forms the heart of the bruAPP backup appliance. "Backup oriented" is key because the bruAPP performs a single function, and that is the backup and recovery of data.


Unencumbered by traditional operating system overhead and complexity, bruAPP/OS delivers rock solid operating system stability to assure uninterrupted and seamless backup system operation today and into the future. bruAPP/OS renders the bruAPP Backup Appliance's operation totally impervious to software upgrades at the server system level.

BRU Server - the Soul of the the bruAPP


BRU Server is the software that comprises the "soul" of the bruAPP Backup Appliance. BRU technology has protected the data on Unix systems for over 32 years, and BRU Server represents the culmination of the knowledge and expertise gained since 1985 to reliably backup and restore Unix-core (including Mac OS X) and Windows systems


Backing up data is all about the ability to recover it when needed. As with all BRU-based solutions, any errors experienced by the bruAPP Backup Appliance during a restore are identified, reported, and circumvented where possible, allowing the restore to continue beyond the point of the error; conditions under which other tools simply abort the recovery.


Management of the bruAPP Backup Appliance itself is provided via an intuitive graphical interface, character-based interface, or from the command line.


The bruAPP utilizes the BRU Server Console Graphical User Interface (BRU Server Console) for all backup/scheduling/restore operations, and that management console may be installed on any number of supported systems that have network connectivity to the bruAPP Backup Appliance, thereby removing any physical access for backup/restore management.

Features at a Glance


Graphical User Interfaces Control the bruAPP BRU Server GUI Console from Mac OS X, Linux and Windows systems.


Client-Side - User Initiated Backup for Desktops and Laptops (not dependent on any admin-specified backups) Under Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux


Client-Side - User Initiated Restore (not dependent on any admin action) Under Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux


Client-Side - Update of IP Address for DHCP Environments on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows


Full Support of ACLs and Extended Attributes on OS X and Linux Clients


Network Server operating system upgrades do not impact bruAPP Backup Appliance operation


Upstage for Offsite - Expands D2D2T to Allow Copying Staged Archives to Tape for Sending Offsite While Retaining the Local Copy on Disk


Console loads all of the data elements 25-50X faster - archives, tapes, users, and client systems all load much more rapidly to be more productive; more quickly


Support of single archives up to eight (8) exabytes (8,388,608 gigabytes) in size


Live Database Backup (see our Live Database Backup with OFM white paper)


Archives are backwards compatible with all previous BRU Server versions and are also recoverable by any BRU product, on any platform BRU supports


Flexible Disk Staging Provides Disk-to-Disk (D2D) and Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) Support


Off-Site Storage Services


Comprehensive Native Tape Device Support


100% Coverage of All Mac OS X Filesystem Attributes Including Resource Forks,


Finder® Information and All Unix Permissions


Backups 100% Verified as a Background Task which can Dramatically Reduce the Backup Window (see more at our white paper Reliable Verification)


Advanced, Error Recovery Algorithms Restore Data When Other Tools Fail


Simple Integration with SAN including Apple's Xsan Technology


Virtual Machine Support (see our white paper Virtual Machines and BRU)




Backup and restore support for almost any networked computing environment


Works within NAS, SAN, and wireless environments


Server installation takes less than 5 minutes (disk-to-disk) — implementing tape library technology takes a little longer


Graphical, character-based, and command line management consoles


Supports many different backup schedule types: full, differential,

incremental/grandfather, father/son, etc.


Supports all important operating system platform file attributes


Supports D2D, D2T and D2D2T backup and restore strategies


True Zero Impact design on any Server on the network


Data restore is a one step process — regardless of the data's location on the disk stage or tape


BRU Server disk stage scalability limited only by the capacity of currently tested and approved hard drives


Number of client systems supported by a single bruAPP Backup Appliance is limited only by available network bandwidth


Client system licenses (agents) do not differentiate between network Servers, desk side systems, or laptop systems — one system; one license


Most units are standard as rack mount units, however tower units are available upon request and rails are available to mount tower cases in a rack mount stand, or tower can be placed on its side on a rack mount shelf.



High performance tape drive I/O support provides the highest levels of throughput to high-performance devices


Streams attached LTO-7 on average at 322MB/sec, over the rated speed


Industry's shortest backup window (fully verified backups) by using Disk Staging and BRU Server's zero impact verify (Anytime Verify™) data verification


Low overhead allows multiple BRU processes to write to multiple storage devices simultaneously with very little impact on system performance.


Intelligent cataloging provides a powerful query capability to quickly recover select files contained in archives.


Client system backups are not interleaved, thereby further shortening the time to restore selected files.




Ultra-reliable BRU™ engine delivers unparalleled data protection reliability and restorability of the protected data


Backups can be 100% verified without access to the original file systems, either immediately after a backup or even years later.  See more about verification with our white paper Reliable Verification with BRU.


Anytime Verify™ and Inspect Mode backup verification options can be run as a zero impact process, freeing up the client systems faster.


Broad compatibility - backups can be verified and restored on a different system, and even on a different platform


Backups can be committed to a bruAPP disk stage - virtually eliminating perceived backup windows at the client system level


Proven data restorability of BRU technology - corrupt data is reported, circumvented, and the restore continues unless the tape drive is physically unable to proceed


Catalogs copied to tape in addition to the server HDD to provide enhanced availability to backup data should the server system HDD fail.




Live backup of databases and services such as Oracle, Exchange, and Outlook running on Windows client systems using the BRU Server Open File Manager for Windows® (see our white paper about Windows Live Database Backup)


Full print (printer or PDF) support of all database information


Lights-out, automated backup operations are easily scheduled from the bruAPP BRU Server graphical user interface


Handles files and permissions skipped by other utilities


Full support of ACLs and EAs.


Properly backs up so-called "open files" under Mac OS X


Full support of case sensitivity under the HFS+ file system


Single archives of any size can be created


There is no limitation to the size of the catalogs


QFA (Quick File Access) provides fast access to files contained on tape


Client system data is not interleaved with other client system data


Client-side data encryption provides secure communication between client systems and the server


Network traffic data compression is configurable and can provide better utilization of available network bandwidth


Pre and post scripts may be run on a client system to freeze the state of a database running on that machine or export its state to an intermediate file


Files and directories can be excluded from the backup from the client system (excluding mp3 files, for example)


E-mail notification of all operations including interact requirements and job status.



Network Backup Across the Enterprise


The Agent component is installed on all machines that are to be backed up by bruAPP.


The bruAPP BRU Server Graphical "console component" can be installed on any number of systems to manage bruAPP's BRU Server's operation. The proven reliability of BRU technology coupled with the proven reliability of a Unix-based bruAPP O/S operating system creates a backup system of unsurpassed uptime and availability to archived data.


BRU Server's Windows Open File Manager is available to back up live databases such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, FileMaker, Oracle, Sybase, Active Directory and others running on Windows client systems, and the bruCLONE ad-on provides unsurpassed disaster recovery for your OS X systems.


De-duplication Done Right


The concept of Single Instance Backup/De-Duplication is the conservation of backup media — only one copy of a file common across systems is backed-up. The loss of a "single instance" file means that file is forever gone and is no longer available to support the restoring of a system or systems that utilize that particular file. This approach is not consistent with our philosophy to assure the restorability of each and every system's data.


In addition to the fallibility of the Single Instance Backup/De-Duplication concept, there are significant operational issues. The strategy still requires a complete full backup be done initially and that consumes disk capacity without a minimized-use benefit.  Prior to a subsequent backup operation beginning, a lengthy scan of each system must be performed and this process can literally take hours before the first bit is backed-up.  Data restores are also very slow because the data system must work through all of the pointers.  And finally, to write to a tape that is directly recoverable, the de-duped streams must be reconstituted to original form and no economy-of-capacity is realized.


bruAPP's BRU Server Server component handles de-duplication properly and quickly through properly handled incremental backup.  If it's already on a previous backup, and it hasn't changed, BRU won't back it up again until you tell it to, or perform a new full backup.


No Interdependencies on Data Sets etc...


There are no dependency constraints between full, incremental or differential archives when performing restore operations. Each BRU Server archive is a complete and separate entity from other archives.  Thus, it is not required to have the full archive on-site in order to restore from an incremental or differential backup.


When performing backup operations, once a full backup is completed, the full backup does not need to be on-site in order to perform incremental or differential backups.  This allows you to free up slots inside of your tape library or change hard disks for offsite storage.

Comprehensive Tape Support with bruAPP


Compatibility with most modern SAS tape devices.


Compatibility with most modern SAS libraries containing any number of tape drives.


Full support for WORM media–if you have data that needs to be archived in a non modifiable, non erasable manner, LTO WORM (write once read many) tape technology ensures that once data is written to a tape it can only be removed or deleted by physical destruction of the tape itself.  All BRU products recognize and support this technology.


Support any number of tape slots in a library*.


The ability to define "Destinations" as a fixed set of slots.


The assignment of "Destinations" from a pool of free slots as needed.


The allocation of slots within a tape library in an arbitrary manner.


Ability to define and exclude from use sets of tape cartridge slots.

Ability to write concurrent, non-interleaved data streams to multiple tape drives within a tape library.


Support of variable block mode to allow modern tape drives to achieve their maximum performance potential.


TapeAlert™ notifications to monitor and report connectivity issues, dirty tape drives, bad tape drives, and bad tapes.


Bar code reader support†.


Unique Drive Autobalancing™ that spreads loads across multiple drives within a library to assure enhanced library hardware uptime, preventing the overuse of a single drive mechanism.


An efficient data layout on tape to optimize utilization of tape cartridge capacity.


By default, tapes are overwritten in a backup destination only when older than the last full backup, assuring retention of the most recent data.


Tape life is extended because erasure is not required like other tools - bruAPP's BRU Server's policy to overwrite renders the existing data on tape irretrievable.


See our white paper about the value of using tape - LTO, Big, Fast, Cheap


*Libraries that have 100 or more slots require the large library support add-on.


**Special licensing is not required for multiple libraries unless the total number of slots of all attached libraries is 100 or more.

†For libraries only and library must have a barcode reader installed.

Live Database Backup with the BRU Server Open File Manager


BRU Open File Manager (OFM) for Windows


Certified for use with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, as well as Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2012!


The BRU Open File Manager (OFM) is a robust open file utility for Windows systems that gives BRU Server and bruAPP Backup Appliance the power to backup any open, locked, or in-use files, ensuring that your business will run without interruption twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. BRU OFM was designed to work in high trafficked areas that receive hundreds of thousands of requests per hour. BRU OFM is cost effective and scalable from workstation to server.


BRU OFM's advanced caching methods protect your backups from corruption and keep relational file integrity in tact for your mission critical data stored in databases and email servers such as MS SQL, MySQL, Oracle, Active Directory and Exchange.  This data requires batch caching to keep log files and data synchronized at backup time.  You will no longer need to have users logout of the network, close a program at backup time or have skipped files.


Windows-Based Client Systems


The BRU OFM module for Windows clients allows the BRU Server Agent to backup all open files, regardless of the application currently using them. Platforms such as Exchange, SQL Server, Filemaker, Oracle, Sybase, DB2, Active Directory, and even simple open files used in Word or Excel can be properly backed up transparent to the user and the application. Also, BRU OFM requires no additional disk space for operation. You only need a BRU OFM license for those Windows clients that require open file backup support.


Windows 64-bit Support Intel and AMD 64bit Processors


BRU OFM is compatible with both Intel and AMD 64 bit processors environments, including IA64. Simply install BRU OFM onto any machine and it will auto detect which driver to install.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper V Supprt


BRU OFM is compatible with the Microsoft Hyper-V Support that is used on Windows Server 2008 for virtual machine support.

File System, Networked Computer and Mapped Drive Support


BRU OFM was designed to work in a heterogeneous computing environment, by offering support for both Windows file systems (NTFS, FAT32) and network file systems. BRU OFM will also support a networked computing environment by allowing access to open, locked and in-use files over mapped drives and networked computers. Installing BRU OFM on computer A and computer B, would allow computer A to backup exclusive, in-use and locked files residing on computer B.


How it Works


How the BRU OFM Works BRU OFM monitors the file system for any read requests that will come from BRU Server Agent. Once BRU OFM detects a backup to a locked or exclusively opened file, BRU OFM will allow access to the file. The application that has the file locked continues to store the information directly to disk as usual. Once the backup of the locked file has begun, BRU OFM will automatically cache old overwritten data to a temporary location.


At this point BRU Server and the application see the file differently. The application that has the file locked see's all changes that it makes to the file as it would without BRU OFM installed. On the other hand, the BRU Server see's the file as it originally would when the backup first began, without any of the new changes.  See the white paper, Windows OFM and BRU.


Unix-Based Client Systems (includes Mac OS X)


The BRU OFM is only available for Windows systems, however, on Unix systems pre and post scripts may be run before and after a backup operation to freeze the state of a database that is running when the backup is to be executed. This allows you to freeze the tables or export the database content to an intermediate, or flat file for backup. While in a frozen state, most database applications will cache any user changes and then commit them once the backup is completed and the tables are unfrozen. The pre and post scripts may be written in any programming language including sh, python, Applescript, C, and more.


For more information about BRU Server pre and post scripts, please see the Miscellaneous Setup Considerations section in the BRU Server Admin Guide.

Integrated BRU Server Software Screen Shots


Config Tool



How to Choose the Correct bruAPP


bruAPP supports all networked system environments regardless of the OS type of the systems on the network.  A bruAPP model should be chosen based on rack space available (1U or 4U of space, plus space for a tape device if adding tape, which will take from 1U to 10U of space depending on the model).  Capacity of disk stage desired (no disk stage for D2T direct backup, up to 480TB disk stage) should also be considered.  Outside of these considerations, the bruAPP models are otherwise identical.


bruAPP, out of the box backs up an unlimited amount of data with no additional fees.  bruAPP works with or without disk stage as well as SAS connected tape hardware (Fibre available as special request).  Order bruAPP as an add on to your existing tape hardware, or for a single source of shopping, warranty and support help on all items related to the backup/archiving task, you may order a bruAPP with a TOLIS Group ArGest® tape device.  TOLIS Group's aggressively priced available add-on tape solutions for connection to the bruAPP include LTO-5, 6, and 7 in standalone desktop and 1U rack models in single and two drive configurations for creating duplicate jobs, 1U autoloaders with one drive and 8 tape slots, 2U libraries with 24 tape slots and one or two drives, 4U libraries with one to four LTO drives and 48 tape slots, and 6U expandable libraries that start at 80 tape slots and can be expanded to up to 42 LTO tape drives and 560 tape slots per stacked unit.



bruAPP Models and Pricing

Need help deciding?  Call us at +1-480-505-0488 or email  TOLIS Group sales techs do not work on commission, so there is no pressure to have a sales tech assist you with your decision no matter how big or small.  Or ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and visit our orders page TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.


Ultra quiet tower configurations are available for non-rack environments by request.


Choose the option below for pricing and ordering part number(s).


1U bruAPP Models with 0-40TB stage storage

Core (#80038)

8TB (#80041)

16TB (#80101)

40TB (#80200)


Model #80038 • $3499USD


Complete 1U D2T integrated backup system ready to attach to existing or new SAS tape hardware.  The bruAPP for Core 1U ships with no disk stage (upgradeable to 16TB), 10 client licenses, integrated SAS HBA for tape interconnect, 3 year hardware and bruAPP OS software warranty.


Available Add-ons:

  • Additional client licenses

  • Additional OFM licenses

  • Additional HDD disks

  • Tape hardware from standalone to large tape libraries


Model #80041 8TB • $4999USD


Complete 1U D2T integrated backup system ready to attach to existing or new SAS tape hardware.  The bruAPP W8K 1U ships with 8TB disk stage (upgradeable to 16TB), 25 client licenses, integrated SAS HBA for tape interconnect, 3 year hardware and bruAPP OS software warranty.


Available Add-ons:

  • Additional client licenses

  • Additional OFM licenses

  • Additional HDD disks

  • Tape hardware from standalone to large tape libraries


Model #80101 16TB • $5699USD


Complete 1U D2T integrated backup system ready to attach to existing or new SAS tape hardware.  The bruAPP W16K 1U ships with 12TB disk stage, 25 client licenses, integrated SAS HBA for tape interconnect, 3 year hardware and bruAPP OS software warranty.


Available Add-ons:

  • Additional client licenses

  • Additional OFM licenses

  • Additional HDD disks

  • Tape hardware from standalone to large tape libraries


Model #80200 40TB • $7899USD


Complete 1U D2T integrated backup system ready to attach to existing or new SAS tape hardware.  The bruAPP 40TB 1U ships with 40TB disk stage, 25 client licenses, integrated SAS HBA for tape interconnect, 3 year hardware and bruAPP OS software warranty.


Available Add-ons:

  • Additional client licenses

  • Additional OFM licenses

  • Additional HDD disks

  • Tape hardware from standalone to large tape libraries

4U bruAPP Models with 0-480TB stage storage

Core (#80079)

48TB (#80049)

96TB (#80103)

480TB (#80201)


Model #80079 • $6199USD


Complete 4U D2T integrated backup system ready to attach to existing or new SAS tape hardware.  The bruAPP Core 4U ships with no disk stage (upgradeable to 480TB), 10 client licenses, integrated SAS HBA for tape interconnect, 3 year hardware and bruAPP OS software warranty.


Available Add-ons:

  • Additional client licenses

  • Additional OFM licenses

  • Additional HDD disks

  • Tape hardware from standalone to large tape libraries


Model #80049 48TB • $10,299USD


Complete 4U D2T integrated backup system ready to attach to existing or new SAS tape hardware.  The bruAPP E448K 4U ships with 48TB disk stage (specify RAID 5+ hot spare for 44TB net or RAID 6 + hot spare for 42TB net), 25 client licenses, integrated SAS HBA for tape interconnect, 3 year hardware and bruAPP OS software warranty.


Available Add-ons:

  • Additional client licenses

  • Additional OFM licenses

  • Additional HDD disks

  • Tape hardware from standalone to large tape libraries


Model #80103 96TB • $12,239USD


Complete 4U D2T integrated backup system ready to attach to existing or new SAS tape hardware.  The bruAPP E496K 4U ships with 96TB disk stage (specify RAID 5+ hot spare for 88TB net or RAID 6 + hot spare for 84TB net), 25 client licenses, integrated SAS HBA for tape interconnect, 3 year hardware and bruAPP OS software warranty.


Available Add-ons:

  • Additional client licenses

  • Additional OFM licenses

  • Additional HDD disks

  • Tape hardware from standalone to large tape libraries




Model #80050 72TB • $18,359USD


Complete 4U D2T integrated backup system ready to attach to existing or new SAS tape hardware.  The bruAPP 480TB 4U ships with 480TB disk stage (specify RAID 5+ hot spare or RAID 6 + hot spare when ordering), 25 client licenses, integrated SAS HBA for tape interconnect, 3 year hardware and bruAPP OS software warranty.


Available Add-ons:

  • Additional client licenses

  • Additional OFM licenses

  • Additional HDD disks

  • Tape hardware from standalone to large tape libraries


     Pricing subject to occasional changes, please call +1-480-505-0488 or email for your customized quote.


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Back up any machine on your network


bruAPP™'s considers any machine on your network to be just that–a machine so all you need to worry about is how many machines (bruAPP™ authorized client count) you will need to have.  bruAPP™ does not make a distinction between client/server versions of the OS or hardware type on the machine you want to back up.  Additionally, bruAPP™'s BRU Server's Agent is an extremely lightweight process.


Even if a user is working on the machine when BRU is running its backup, BRU will slow itself down to free system resources up so the user barely, or not at all, knows BRU is running at the time.


With special client-side backup and restore operations that are authorized for the client machine by the BRU Server admin, desktop and even laptop users on unusual times connected to the network can back up and restore on their own schedule and never miss being protected by BRU.  The client side backup and user initiated restore is available on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.


Windows systems running Active Directory, SQL, Exchange, or those that have have any other open files may be backed up at no charge with bruAPP™ BRU Server™ pre- and -post freeze and unfreeze job support, or you may use the add-on Open File Manager for automatic background open file backup for an additional charge.



Available Agent types /Pricing for bruAPP ™ BRU Server™ by OS type:




Linux (all distributions)

Mac OS X









Add the bruAPP™ Open File Manager Clients for live file/database backup on Windows systems/all Windows environments.


Part# 40015

$299USD each Windows machine, pricing discounts starting at 5+ OFM icenses

Special Open File Manager add on for Windows Machines



Additional bruAPP™ Agents/Clients




We do not differentiate between client/desktop/server versions of an OS, to BRU a client is only a machine.


Part# 60034 1-4 clients $100USD each

Part# 60035 5 pack $375USD ($75USD each)

Part# 60036 10 pack $550USD ($55USD each)

Part# 60037 25 pack $1,050USD ($42USD each)

Part# 60038 50 pack $1,900USD ($38USD each)

Part# 60039 100 pack $3,000USD ($30USD each)

Note to Virtual machine users:  Depending on your configuration, guest systems of the host system may or not need to run a bruAPP™ BRU Server Agent.


Click the following links below to download the PDF documentation appropriate for your needs.


If you need assistance beyond what is found in the documentation for BRU Server, please visit TOLIS Group's support page for methods of contacting technical support directly.


bruAPP Administrator's Guide

From unboxing to first use, bruAPP instructions.


bruAPP Upgrade Guide

Only to be used by pre-2013 users of older bruAPPs upgrading their OS to the current bruAPP.


BRU Server 2.x Complete Administrator's Guide

Everything a system Administrator needs to know about BRU Server's usage.  bruAPP users will ignore chapter one which is only used when BRU Server software is used outside of the bruAPP.


BRU Server Command Line Tools Guide

A BRU Server CLI Reference Scripting Guide for users who wish to create custom scripts for BRU Server v1.2 and 2.x.


bruAPP Datasheet


bruAPP limited hardware warranty


bruAPP leasing information




General BRU White Papers:


The BRU Advantage - Details on the elements that make BRU so effective.

Proving the BRU Advantage - BRU was originally developed because tar fails–see why.

BRU's Unique Availability Characteristics - More details about BRU's unique features.

Reliable Verification - Don't be fooled by foolish verification methods.

LTO — Big, Fast, and Cheap - TOLIS Group is pro-tape, see why.

Tape's Not Dead Tech - Tape is not a dead tech, it is fast, easy to use, and nothing else will protect your stored data as effectively for as long.

BRU Server and Parallels - How BRU and virtual environments such as Parallels and VMWare work together.

Virtual Machines and BRU - Workflow details on using BRU in a virtual machine environment.

TOLIS Group OFM for Live System Backup - BRU backs up open files and databases on Windows.

BRU's Support of Regulatory Governance - BRU ihelps you maintain compliance with government/research/medical regulations for backing up and recovering data.

Implementing Tape Storage on Apple Systems - Special considerations when using tape with Apple systems.

Tape vs. Disk vs. VTL Backup Options - BRU allows you to back up to any device type that works for your environment.

LTFS - One look at why LTFS is not the best choice for long term archival.

Case Study: Austrian Film Museum - Why the Austrian Film Museum chose BRU to protect their irreplaceable assets.


For technical FAQs and in-depth information about the BRU Server software component integrated on the bruAPP, please visit our BRU Server software pages.

What is bruAPP, and why have I heard it called a "toaster"?


bruAPP is a first-of-its-kind appliance that delivers leadership back up, and most importantly, reliable restoration of client/server-based data without dependence on any server on the network. Every component needed to support D2D, D2T, and D2D2T backup strategies is tightly integrated within bruAPP.


The term toaster term aptly distills the function of bruAPP into a single word. A toaster has one function, and that is to make toast. The bruAPP appliance has one function, and that is to reliably and accurately back up and restore data; both doing their job exceptionally well.



How is bruAPP different than other backup appliances?


Self-sufficiency best describes the difference. Other backup appliances provide only a part of a backup capability. For example, virtual tape appliances (VTLs) require a physical system and backup software to operate. The bruAPP appliance is an entire backup server system solution that contains a backup-focused boot environment, disk stage capacity, tape technology in some models, the backup software, and licenses to back up client systems - all in a tightly integrated package.


Is bruAPP a Unix backup tool, a Windows backup tool, or both?


Both!  bruAPP is a self-contained solution whose operation is not dependent on any OS server platform supporting the network. All of the major Unix platforms are supported - including Linux and Mac OS X.


Because bruAPP is a totally self-contained solution, Windows systems, whether they are laptops or the largest Windows Server system, are treated simply as client systems by bruAPP and all of their filesystem attributes are properly backed-up and restored.


We have all our bruAPP standard models also available in a convenient Windows model configuration.  They are priced $1350USD higher than standard bruAPP models and include a starter pack of 5 Windows Open File Manager (OFM) licenses for live database backup on Windows.  Learn more about OFM at our white paper, OFM and BRU.




Does bruAPP back up client systems one at a time?


No, because the scenario is not efficient. The low overhead of the BRU Server software in bruAPP supports the backing-up of multiple, simultaneous data streams from client systems to achieve the highest throughput possible. And, even while doing so, client system data is not interleaved with data from another client system. That too, is a poor approach.


What is the benefit of using bruAPP to do D2D2T backups?


Backup windows are shrinking, data is growing, and the bottom-line premise of backing up is the expectation to be able to recover data from a near-line (disk stage), or off-line repository (tape) when needed. In addition to the ability to validate the accuracy of BRU backups, only BRU technology can recover from read and tape errors that can occur during a restore - even though the backup was accurately written. The BRU technology in bruAPP will always return more data than any other tool as long as the media can physically be read.


Can I add other applications to bruAPP?  Can bruAPP be used as a NAS itself, or backup a NAS system?


No, bruAPP is designed to perform one function, and that is the accurate backing up and restoring of data.


bruAPP is not a NAS system, each system serves a different purpose. A NAS appliance serves as a data repository and bruAPP is a totally self-contained backup server system. The disk stage capacity implemented within bruAPP is integral to the reduction of the overall backup window while providing near immediate access to backed-up data.


To backup a NAS, mount the NAS box to a client system and bruAPP will back up the NAS data as a volume.


Is the software in bruAPP different from the BRU Server product?


No, the software is identical.

Should I use bruAPP, or just the BRU Server software?


It depends. The same BRU Server software is implemented in both. The primary purpose of bruAPP is to enable smaller organizations to easily protect their data by eliminating the configuring, installation, and compatibility issues that normally arise - especially when system administration resources and/or time is scarce.


When an organization has the expertise and supporting hardware infrastructure (i.e. disk staging/tape) in place, BRU Server software may be all that is needed. Even in this environment, bruAPP can be appropriate because its operation is insulated from the effects of patches or software upgrades applied to the network.


In larger organizations, bruAPP can be used to back up local or remote departments, and then serve as an agent system to push its data up to a central repository.


How is bruAPP disk staging different from other tools?  What if I need more disk stage?  Can the disk stage be RAID configured?


bruAPP writes a fully verifiable backup to the disk stage. Other tools simply write an "image" to the disk stage. When using other tools, the image written to the disk stage must first be restored before the target file can be accessed. Using BRU, the target file can be restored directly from the disk stage to the client system, or re-directed to another system. And, unlike other tools, when the contents of the bruAPP disk stage are up-staged to tape, a target file can be accessed and restored directly from tape as well.


Because the data written to the bruAPP disk stage is a fully verifiable backup, it can be validated for 100% accuracy in an out-of-band process that does not require continued access to the original data on the client system for comparison. Proofing a backup is important because if the backup isn't accurate; the restore cannot be accurate.  Read more about BRU and verification at our white paper Reliable Verification.


Increasing the size of the disk stage is as simple as adding another hard disk drive. TOLIS Group-supplied drive modules preserve the warranty. As higher capacity drives become available, and are certified by TOLIS Group, they can replace the existing drives.


The bruAPP disk stage default is RAID 0 in 1U models. Other levels such as RAID 5 or RAID 6 can be configured on 3U and 4U models although they reduce the disk stage's available capacity (each 3U and 4U model description lists capacity at RAID 0, 5 and 6).  3U and 4U models have hot-swappable drives in the RAID 45 and RAID 6 configurations.


What operating system does bruAPP use?


bruAPP/OS brings up the bruAPP appliance. It is backup focused, and is more of an operating environment to boot the BRU Server software versus a full operating system with the associated trappings. bruAPP/OS is comprised of portions of Linux, FreeBSD, and TOLIS Group code that support the delivery of leadership data backup and restore services.


How is bruAPP installed?


bruAPP can be installed in as little as 10 minutes. Simply plug a temporary keyboard and monitor into bruAPP (mouse not needed), supply power to the unit, and attach bruAPP to the network (dual gigabit Ethernet ports are provided). Five simple screens then guide you through inputting of the date, time, network settings, your password, and the initiation of a hardware scan. Following the hardware scan, bruAPP is installed.


Note: The hardware scan can take up to 5 minutes per tape drive when an externally attached tape library is implemented.


How is the agent software loaded onto the client systems?  Does it differentiate between Desktop and Server OSes?


Following installation of the bruAPP appliance, a Web browser is opened and the appropriate platform agent is selected and directed toward the client system.


The bruAPP appliance treats all systems on the network simply as nodes or seats regardless of what OS type they are running.


How do I manage bruAPP?


The bruAPP console can be installed on a variety of systems and can be installed on local or remote multiple systems to best advantage. Console operation from Linux, Windows and Mac systems is standard ti the bruAPP.


How fast is bruAPP?


The BRU Server software is highly efficient and can accept data as fast as the filesystem can deliver it. No performance latency is incurred at the application level.


Following the first full backup of client systems, users may not even know the subsequent incremental backups of their systems is occurring. The bruAPP appliance's high throughput, coupled with leadership disk staging performance and the ability to verify a backup for accuracy (on disk or tape) in an out-of-band process delivers the backup industry's fastest, fully data verified, backup window.


Does bruAPP back up everything? And does it back up duplicate files?


It can back everything up, including Unix permissions and Windows registries, but you might not want to back up everything all of the time. bruAPP supports many different backup schedule types such as: full, differential, incremental, grandfather, father, son, etc. Complete directories can be backed-up or selected portions, and files can be excluded by type, such as MP3 music files.


Yes it does backup duplicate files, and for good reason. Exactly similar files will reside on systems across the network, and these files are typically critical to a system's operation. If only one copy of a particular file is kept and a damaged system must be rebuilt, the necessary file or files must be sourced from potentially multiple archives. Misplace an archive containing the only copy of a required file and timely system recovery becomes a challenge.


What impact will bruAPP have on my network?


Absolutely none. Unlike other backup tools that can bring down a network server during a backup process, bruAPP is its own backup server and incurs zero impact on network servers. The only interaction between bruAPP and any network server occurs when bruAPP is backing up that system.


How many clients can bruAPP have attached?


The number of client systems that can be backed-up by bruAPP, while retaining acceptable performance, is limited only by the available network bandwidth. While each network's characteristics are different, the following guidelines should be helpful: 10baseT = 25 clients, 100baseT = 250 clients, 1000baseT (Gigabit Ethernet) = 1000 clients


How secure is bruAPP?


The bruAPP appliance is exceptionally secure. A Diffy-Hellman handshake is employed to assure authorized communication between bruAPP and the authorized client systems. An AES 256-bit algorithm is employed when encryption is enabled.


How do I add clients or additional Windows Open File Managers to bruAPP?


Depending on the bruAPP model, either 10 or 25, or 150 licenses are provided out-of-the-box. Additional single, and value-pack licenses, are available. The new license string is inputted directly into bruAPP by re-attaching the keyboard and monitor. A planned update will support inputting a new license string via the bruAPP console.


Additional OFMs may be added as well for Agent systems running open file databases such as SQL, Active Directory and Exchange.  For more details, see our white paper on the BRU OFM.


Can I have multiple bruAPPs on my network?


Yes. When network response time is critical and even the fast bruAPP backups become invasive, additional bruAPP units can be implemented to minimize the impact of the backup process. The administrator need only define which client systems will be backed-up by which bruAPP.


How can I test a bruAPP?


The bruAPP hardware component is comprised of high quality standard components, and the software is BRU Server. bruAPP can be tested for suitability to meet your business needs by downloading the BRU Server demo, a full functionality 30-day trial. At day 31 following installation, the demo will no longer back up data, but any archives created will always be able to be restored. This capability is consistent with TOLIS Group's commitment to always return the most data of any backup tool. Archives created with the demo are fully compatible with bruAPP. bruAPP is custom built per order.