CA ARCserve licensing gets an overhaul

CA Technologies announced changes for ARCserve licensing prices, which CA said will let customers pick a backup service or an "all-inclusive" option.

CA Technologies announced changes for ARCserve licensing today, which the company said will let customers choose either a backup service or an "all-inclusive" option with backup, file and system replication, and high availability functionality.

The changes reflect customers' interest in simpler choices for backup, according to Steve Fairbanks, vice president of product delivery for the data management business for CA.

"Customers are moving away from purchasing components a la carte in favor of simpler, more solution-oriented pricing that's clearly aligned with the level of data protection that their business needs. So we believe customers will welcome the changes to our solution-based pricing. We have reduced the number of SKUs from more than 1,000 to just two, and we are enabling them to license our technology based on capacity or per socket, priced at a simple flat rate," Fairbanks said.

According to CA, the updated pricing structure is dependent on whether the data backup is from a physical or virtual machine, as well as the level of service used.

For physical environments, the company said users can get a license for recovery point objective (RPO)-managed capacity, which offers file and image-based backup and file-only replication for $9,540 per terabyte.

An alternative licensing option, recovery point objective/recovery time objective (RTO)-managed capacity, which includes all ARCserve functionality, is also available for $16,740 per terabyte. That additional functionality includes file and image backup, file and application replication and high availability, plus the company said data can be recovered in seconds.

For users seeking to backup data from virtual environments, the company said its RPO per-socket pricing, which offers file and image-based backup and file-only replication, is available for $795 per socket (with no limit on the number of cores used).

The alternative RPO-RTO per-socket license pricing, which includes all ARCserve functionality, such as file and image backup, file and application replication, and high availability, plus the company said data can be recovered in seconds, is set for $1,995 (also with unlimited cores).

CA also offers monthly subscriptions for managed service providers (with a minimum monthly order of $2,000 per month): $105 per socket, $35 per server and $250 per terabyte. All three options include full ARCserve functionality, according to the company.

Additionally, CA said it had several new upgrades for ARCserve, including a "non-disruptive" bare metal recovery (BMR) failback capability. The company said that the new BMR failback offers high availability that redirects workloads and users to virtual machines that are connected locally, remotely or are in the cloud.

The company also added support for Fujitsu's Global Cloud and CA's own Nimsoft product. The Fujitsu compatibility joins CA's existing support for Amazon, Windows Azure and Eucalyptus cloud infrastructures. Nimsoft provides IT admins with alerts involving backups, replication and high availability through its Unified Monitoring console, according to CA.

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