CA Updates ARCserve to r16

By Stuart J. Johnston

CA Technologies announced Wednesday a new release of its flagship data protection suite.

ARCserve r16 updates most of the components in the suite, according to CA (NASDAQ: CA) statements.

The latest release takes a "hybrid" approach meant to perform data protection tasks across a mix of conventional, virtual and cloud resources.

Additionally, r16 provides a new licensing model that enables customers to purchase data protection capabilities under a single license based on how much data they need to protect -- albeit the tools are available under conventional licensing as well, the company said.

One new component in the suite is Central Host-based VM Backup, which enables users to use image-based, host-level data protection for VMware vSphere. It also supports full system replication and high-availability for Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer.

Central Host-Based VM Backup supports full bare-metal recovery as well as full failover of entire VMs.

Another new component, Central Virtual Standby, lets administrators schedule conversion of image-based recovery points to Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk or VMware Virtual Disk formats for faster recovery.

Further, ARCserve r16 provides a standard cloud connection layer for all data protection components, the company said.

That includes file backup, disk imaging, replication and high availability, as well as providing integrated access to hybrid cloud storage systems such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Windows Azure.

One way of accomplishing that is to enable administrators to use Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for disaster recovery -- thus using cold standby systems to eliminate costs related to running redundant hardware in hot standby mode.

"IT organizations are spending inordinate time and money to protect critical services -- often relying on a mix of 'point' backup solutions for conventional servers, virtual infrastructure and cloud resources that leave them exposed to the risk of a highly damaging outage," Mike Crest, general manager of data management at CA Technologies, said in a statement.

"CA ARCserve r16 addresses this problem by dramatically reducing the cost and effort required to implement data protection across diverse IT environments," Crest added.

Finally, the suite's components, including ARCserve Backup, ARCserve D2D and ARCserve Replication, and ARCserve High Availability, now include AES encryption to protect data in transit as well as in storage.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on September 07, 2011