November 03, 2009 08:00 ET

Idera Announces New SQL virtual database

Access Data in SQL Server Backups in Minutes Without Restoring

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 3, 2009) - In booth #200 at the 2009 PASS Summit, Idera, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and leading provider of management and administration solutions for Microsoft SQL Server, today announced SQL virtual database™, an innovative product for accessing and extracting data from SQL Server backup files.

SQL virtual database is a one-of-a-kind solution that lets database administrators (DBAs) and developers attach SQL Server backup files and query them like they were "live" SQL Server databases. This revolutionary, patent-pending technology enables instant-access to critical data in a backup file without wasting the time or storage necessary to restore the database. To access data in a SQL Server backup, the user simply attaches the backup file using SQL virtual database, and then uses any native SQL Server or third-party tool to query and extract the data in minutes.

"Since we first conceived the idea of SQL virtual database, we knew we had an innovative, easy-to-use product so powerful it would literally change the way SQL Server DBAs did their jobs," said Rick Pleczko, President and CEO of Idera. "Based on the feedback we've received during the beta, SQL virtual database is exceeding even those lofty expectations. It is truly a revolutionary tool that is a must-have for SQL Server DBAs and developers."

During a month-long beta program, SQL DBAs and developers said they were "impressed" with SQL virtual database and eager to install the full version in their production environment.

"Today I was faced with restoring a 400GB database for a bank," said Harish Vaidyanathan, Windows and SQL Server Lead at Emerio. "Using SQL virtual database I was able to access the required tables from the backup in less than 10 minutes. This product is magic."

"SQL virtual database reduced the time it takes my IT department to pull data from a backup from over two hours to just three minutes, and the retrieved data is 100% accurate," said Darren Cumbie, Software Development Manager at Hawkes Learning Systems. "It took a few tries to convince myself it was real, but SQL virtual database really works. This is a great product for any SQL DBA or developer."

"SQL virtual database works better than any object level recovery (OLR) tool I've used to date. It's fast, easy and accurate and does much more than OLR. I love it," said Meredith Ryan-Smith, DBA at The Bell Group.

Idera also announced a new version of its SQL safe™ product and a new set of easy-to-use tools that help with everyday SQL Server tasks, SQL toolbox™. To read these press releases go to

Pricing and availability

SQL virtual database is available today and is sold standalone at $495 per server or as part of the new SQL toolbox bundle priced at $995 per copy.

About Idera

Idera provides tools for Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint and PowerShell management and administration. Our products provide solutions for performance monitoring, backup and recovery, security and auditing and PowerShell scripting. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Idera is a Microsoft Gold Partner and has over 6,000 customers worldwide. To learn more, please contact Idera at +1-713.523.4433 or visit

Idera is a division of BBS Technologies, Inc. Idera, SQL virtual database, SQL toolbox and SQL safe are trademarks or registered trademarks of BBS Technologies, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Contact Information

  • Press and Analyst contact:
    Carrie Ward
    PR for Idera
    +1 832-407-5347
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