By Dave Simpson
-- CA rolled out the latest version of its venerable (20 years old this year) CA ARCserve backup and recovery suite with the introduction of a new product and dozens of enhancements to existing products under the ARCserve umbrella.
CA also made a couple of name changes. The products formerly known as CA XOsoft Replication and High Availability are now known as CA ARCserve Replication and ARCserve High Availability.
The new product in the lineup is dubbed ARCserve D2D, a disk-to-disk backup package that provides block-level incremental backups to reduce backup windows and network traffic, as well as bare metal restores to dissimilar hardware.
"Infinite Incremental backup allows users to take very quick snapshots of the server," says Eric Pitcher, vice president of technology strategy in CA's Recovery Management business unit, "and we only snapshot changed blocks, so the backups consume much less disk space." The backups are application-consistent, and can occur as frequently as every 15 minutes.
In addition to Windows, ARCserve D2D supports virtualization platforms from VMware, Microsoft and Citrix.
Enhancements in CA ARCserve Backup r15 include a more visual storage resource management (SRM) interface and the ability to view multiple sites from a single pane of glass, support for Exchange 2010 and SharePoint 2010, granular restoration functionality for Active Directory and SharePoint, and Unix/Linux data movers for SAN-based backups.
A CA ARCserve Essentials File Server Suite is priced at $2,204, which includes ARCserve Backup and ARCserve D2D Standard Edition, as well as data deduplication, security and SRM reporting.
Replication and HA
ARCserve Replication r15, which is based on continuous data protection (CDP) technology, now includes offline synchronization for faster replication, multiple replication levels (continuous, periodic, ad-hoc), support for Microsoft's Dynamics CRM v4 and Exchange 2010, and support for NTFS sparse files.
ARCserve High Availability r15 builds on ARCserve Replication, and now includes the ability to replicate or failover entire (OS, system state, applications and data) physical or virtual servers. (Prior to the r15 release, the software only replicated application data.) Additional enhancements in ARCserve High Availability r15 include server group management, support for Unix and Linux (as well as Windows), and support for Exchange 2010 and Dynamics CRM v4.
Pricing for CA ARCserve High Availability and ARCserve Replication starts at $2,000 per server.