By Dave Simpson
-- With the Version 8.0 release of its Arkeia Network Backup software, Arkeia Software has added a virtual appliance to its options for backup and recovery deployment. The company's backup/recovery software already runs on a physical appliance and as a traditional native application.
The Arkeia Virtual Appliance currently integrates with VMware's virtual server platforms via ESX plug-in agents installed on the ESX hypervisor. (Support for Hyper-V and Xen is due later this year). The software leverages VMware's ESX snapshot functionality for hot backups and restores. The Arkeia Virtual Appliance delivers the company's backup and disaster recovery software as a system image for a VMware virtual machine (VM), and comes with a pre-configured disk-based virtual tape library (VTL), Arkeia's full line of backup agents for specific applications, and an optimized Linux operating system. The appliance can also be integrated with the company's replication software.
Four models of the virtual backup appliance are available, ranging from a configuration with 250GB of VTL-based disk capacity, three bundled backup agents and a tape drive license (model AVA-250) to a high-end configuration with support for up to 2TB of disk capacity, ten bundled client agents, encryption, and a tape automation license (model AVA-2000). Pricing ranges from $2,000 to $9,600.
Dave Elliott, Arkeia's vice president of sales, claims that users can deploy the virtual appliances in about two minutes.
Other features in Arkeia Network Backup 8.0 include expanded reporting capabilities, simplified tape library management, and wiki-based documentation.
The company's Central Management Server can be used to manage all three deployment modes for the Arkeia Network Backup suite.
The virtual appliance is in beta now, with general availability slated for March.