CA Technologies today expanded its image-based backup product to support Linux backup, reflecting a growth of the open source operating system in the enterprise.
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CA ARCServe D2D for Linux has all of the capabilities of the Windows-based ARCServe D2D product that has been on the market for three years, according to Steve Fairbanks, vice president of data management for CA. ARCserve D2D takes block-based snapshots that can be stored on disk or in the cloud. It does block-level data compression and supports bare-metal restores of systems to similar and dissimilar physical or virtual servers.
The Linux backup version adds a few features not yet available for the Windows D2D product, including unattended bare-metal recovery, which allows an administrator to initiate a remote boot from the D2D management console of a server trough a PXE interface. The Linux version also has what CA refers to as a "hassle-free" lightweight agent that installs temporarily to handle backups. A piece of the backup code is left for customers who do incrementals. Otherwise, the agent is removed after the backup.
"We push out the agent, take the backup, and take the agent off," Fairbanks said. "A lot of backup products will install a thick client with a lot of code, which could conflict with other programs."
Fairbanks said CA is looking at extending these features to the Windows D2D product. He said data deduplication is not supported in either D2D product, but is on the roadmap.
Fairbanks said Linux is showing up more in larger companies, often alongside Windows servers.
"Requests for Linux support are coming for more midsize and enterprise companies," he said. "We're seeing larger companies running a mixed Linux-Windows environment. Our business is still predominantly Windows, but Linux is growing and customers want a heterogeneous approach."
CA's flagship ARCserve backup software handles traditional disk and tape backup for Windows, Linux and Unix. Its other data protection products -- ARCserve Replication and ARCserve HA -- also support Windows, Linux and Unix.
CA ARCserve D2D for Linux supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 5 and 6 and CentOS 5 and 6.
Pricing for ARCserve D2D for Linux starts at $372 per protected server or virtual machine, including one year of enterprise maintenance. It can be bundled with other ARCserve backup applications starting at $795 per socket. ARCserve D2D can also be licensed on a managed capacity (per protected terabyte) or on a per host basis.