Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP) is data backup and recovery software. It is Arcserve's flagship product, and makes up the base of the company's offerings. The product combines three previous Arcserve data protection products -- Backup, D2D, and High Availability and Replication -- under a common interface.
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The original Arcserve software was developed in 1990 by Cheyenne Software. Five years later, Computer Associates -- now known as CA Technologies -- acquired Cheyenne. In May 2014, the company launched Arcserve UDP. Two months later, Arcserve was spun off into a separate company. Executives said the reason for the spinoff was that CA dealt largely with large enterprise technology, while Arcserve focused on small and medium-size businesses.
Arcserve UDP aids in data migration among disk, tape and cloud backups. The product is compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems. The company sells its own backup appliances and cloud storage services, which are directly integrated with the UDP software. The software can also be purchased individually and installed on customers' storage devices.
Version 6 of Arcserve UDP added instant recovery of virtual machines (VMs), array-based snapshots on NetApp FAS storage, enhanced management of Linux-based storage, and VM failover between VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors.
Other Arcserve UDP features include:
- High availability through automated failover and failback, LAN and WAN data replication, and instant bare-metal restore.
- Global source-side deduplication to all available nodes and sites serviced by the software. This decreases the amount of data stored and the amount of data that needs to be transferred across servers. The intended result is an increase in storage efficiency and a decrease in bandwidth usage.
- Fully automated disaster recovery testing can be accomplished without impacting the performance of the devices being tested.