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LiteSpeed for SQL Server

Reduce Database Backup Size and Time, as Well as Cut Recovery Time and Storage Costs

Reducing your storage footprint by as much as 85 percent is not only possible, but easy, when you have the ability to deduplicate data at the server during backups. You can achieve these results easily with the fast compression features of LiteSpeed for SQL Server. Plus, you can maintain optimal backup performance and compression with adaptive compression that responds to load changes on the server in real time. Combine this with LiteSpeed’s backup templates, and see how easy and fast it is to manage jobs across an entire SQL Server environment.

LiteSpeed prevents production downtime by letting you restore data and objects directly from backup files without the need to perform a full restore and undo accidental or malicious transactions right on the server. This unmatched solution includes the LiteSpeed Engine, a lightweight, driver-based backup technology for taking full advantage of LiteSpeed’s compression and encryption — without having to modify existing SQL scripts.


  • Fast Compression — Achieve significant reductions in backup size and time with the highest degree of recovery.
  • Backup Templates — Define backup standards and easily deploy to multiple instances; templates are easily updated and re-deployed as needed, making multi-instance backup management simple.
  • SmartCleanup — Remove backups from disk with customized retention parameters without disrupting backup integrity.
  • Amazon S3 Support — Back up to and restore from the Amazon S3 cloud.
  • Network Resilience — Automated recovery for backups and restores from I/O problems.
  • Adaptive Compression — Compress data with new Adaptive Compression feature which continually monitors backups to maintain optimal backup performance or use one our eight compression levels to select the exact compression you need.
  • Automated Restore — Restores the most recent database backups with the option to check database consistency.
  • Restore as Compressed — Restore a LiteSpeed backup as a compressed, read-only database to save valuable disk space.
  • SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group Support — Backup databases on the preferred instance, primary, or all instances.
  • Object-Level Recovery — Restore individual objects and query backup files without doing a database restore.
  • Transaction Log Reader — Roll back transactions to recover data and objects from operations that could adversely affect the database.
  • Centralized Reporting — Track all backup activity for easy review with the comprehensive reporting option.
  • Intuitive Log Shipping Monitor — Configure and monitor log shipping plans and latency alerting; add or remove subscribers on demand.
  • Robust Encryption — Secure data with nine levels of encryption, up to AES 256-bit, without impacting performance.
  • Double-Click Restore — Create portable database backup files; restore simply by double-clicking on the file.
  • File Attachments — Attach externally stored files and folders as a part of any LiteSpeed backup.
  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Integration — Integrate directly with IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager.
  • Backup Analyzer — Test compression levels and backup locations to determine optimal backup settings and identify bottlenecks.
  • Job Manager — View and manage jobs from multiple instances using grid or calendar views.
  • LiteSpeed Engine for SQL Server — Gain an optional, native backup engine to use existing SQL Server backup commands and scripts, including maintenance plans, while taking advantage of LiteSpeed's compression and encryption.

Sys Reqs

Before installing LiteSpeed, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Software Requirements

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 2000 32-bit (Service Pack 4)

Microsoft Windows 2003 32-bit, 64-bit (x64, Itanium) (All Service Packs)

Microsoft Windows 2003 R2 32-bit, 64-bit (x64) (All Service Packs)

Microsoft Windows XP 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) (All Service Packs)

Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) (Service Pack 1)

Microsoft Windows 2008 32-bit and 64-bit (x64, Itanium) (Service Pack 1)

Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 64-bit (x64, Itanium) (All Service Packs)

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64-bit (x64) (All Service Packs)

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit (x64) (All Service Packs)

Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) (All Service Packs)

Microsoft Windows 8 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) (All Service Packs)

Microsoft Windows 8.1 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) (All Service Packs)

Database Software

SQL Server 2000 32-bit and 64-bit (Itanium) (All Service Packs)

SQL Server 2005 32-bit and 64-bit (x64, Itanium) (All Service Packs)

SQL Server 2008 32-bit and 64-bit (x64, Itanium) (All Service Packs)

SQL Server 2008 R2 32-bit and 64-bit (x64, Itanium) (All Service Packs)

SQL Server 2012 32-bit and 64-bit (All Service Packs)

SQL Server 2014 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) (All Service Packs)

Additional Software

.Net Framework 4.0 installed before you install the LiteSpeed UI Console.

.Net Framework 3.5 or .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 installed before you install LiteSpeed Core Cloud Components.

If using Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), the TSM API and Backup/Archive Client version 5.3 or later should be installed.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.

Adobe Reader 8 or later to view PDF guides.

Hardware Requirements

ProcessorFollow the recommendations for the SQL Server version used.
Disk Space

250 MB of disk space for installation

Note: The disk space required may vary based on options selected during installation.


Follow the recommendations for the SQL Server version used.

Note: The memory required may vary based on the following:

  • Applications that are running on your system
  • Size and complexity of the database
  • Amount of database activity
  • Number of concurrent users accessing the database
Monitor & ResolutionSVGA with a minimum resolution of 1024x768

Supported Cluster Environments

  • Microsoft Cluster Service 2003
  • Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster
  • Windows Server 2012 Failover Cluster
  • HP PolyServe Matrix Sever 3.6.1
  • Veritas Storage Foundation HA for Windows 5.0
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Cluster

VMWare and Hyper-V Environments

LiteSpeed has been tested and is certified to work under VMWare and Hyper-V environments.

Language Supported:

  • US English



Central Repository

Central Repository


Backup Templates

Backup Templates


Object Level Recovery – Table / Schema Restore

Object Level Recovery – Table / Schema Restore


Transaction Log Reader

Transaction Log Reader


Object Level Recovery – SELECT Option

Object Level Recovery – SELECT Option


Maintenance Plan Designer

Maintenance Plan Designer


Log Shipping Monitor

Log Shipping Monitor


Job Manager

Job Manager


Backup Analyzer

Backup Analyzer



Case Studies

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