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Arcserve Unified Data Protection upgrade supports instant recovery

The new version of Arcserve UDP provides 'near-zero' RTOs and RPOs. The upgrade also supports snapshots and extends the product's advanced Windows protection abilities to Linux.

Backup vendor Arcserve this week upgraded its flagship Arcserve Unified Data Protection software to provide "near-zero" recovery time across physical, virtual and cloud storage.

Arcserve UDP 6 adds 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.

The latest release also lets customers schedule migration to tape archives directly from the Arcserve Unified Data Protection management module.

The vendor, which was spun out of CA Technologies in July 2014, sells UDP as standalone software, on Arcserve Unified Data Protection 7000 integrated backup appliances or as part of Arcserve Cloud disaster recovery as a service. Arcserve UDP software handles disk and tape-based backup with global source-side data depuplication, high availability and replication.

UDP adds instant recovery of VMs, bare metal, NetApp snapshots

Arcserve's instant VM recovery is an extension of UDP high availability and failover. The feature prepares images for abstraction by vSphere or Hyper-V to speed recovery. When recovering VMs, UDP does not have to copy them again. Instant VM recovery supports virtual-to-virtual or virtual-to-physical restores of Linux and Windows VMs.

Arcserve Unified Data Protection initiated enterprise array-based snapshot support by working with NetApp FAS systems, but pledged to add support for other storage array vendors.

Arcserve Unified Data Protection initiated enterprise array-based snapshot support by working with NetApp FAS systems, but pledged to add support for other storage array vendors.

"Storage array snapshots are one of those characteristics that midmarket customers want and need," said Christophe Bertrand, Arcserve's vice president of product marketing. "It's new for us and demonstrates our commitment to that market. You'll see us add support for a lot of arrays in the next few months."

Arcserve Unified Data Protection supports Windows 10 and nondisruptive, granular recovery of Microsoft Exchange 2016. Customers can transfer data between UDP and hybrid cloud storage.

Bertrand said Arcserve "invested significantly" to extend UDP's advanced Windows protection capabilities to Linux. UDP 6 enables granular recovery of Linux VMs via host-based backups on vSphere and Hyper-V. UDP's infinite incremental backup allows multiple Linux recovery points to be merged and supports bare-metal restore of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface systems.

"Our platform has, no doubt, been very focused on Windows. We are now providing a level of parity between protecting Windows environments and Linux environments," Bertrand said.

Arcserve CEO Mike Crest said Arcserve UDP generated revenue growth of 46% year over year, fueled largely by demand from enterprises moving off legacy backup platforms. The company said it has about 45,000 customers.

"Our vision is to provide continuous availability across a multitude of platforms, so customers can unify their environment," Crest said. "We're very close to near-zero recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives. We're not a one-trick pony that focuses only on virtualization. We're helping customers pull everything together based on their business requirements, not what their infrastructure dictates."

Mark Mueller, a senior programmer analyst with San Mateo Credit Union, said his agency replaced Symantec -- now Veritas -- NetBackup with an Arcserve Unified Data Protection 7000 appliance to replace tape backup.

Before buying the Arcserve appliance, Mueller downloaded a trial version of UDP software and pointed backups to a Microsoft SharePoint recovery target.

"One of my jobs [before switching] was rotating about 200 tapes," Mueller said. "The UDP appliance has replaced all our tape. All of our backup data fits on this one appliance. Getting software on a preconfigured box is the way to go. We shoved it in the rack and we were backing up our first server in two or three hours."

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How have virtualization and the cloud complicated unified data protection?
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It brings in a bunch of challenges:
- bandwidth to the cloud
- managing encryption & keys if going into the cloud 
- having to be concerned about potentially violating data soverignty laws in a specific country
- being able to crack open a VM to get specific files out, instead of restoring the entire VM
- being able to complete a backup if the server is full of VMs and has limited fee CPU cycles.

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what impact do expect containers to have in virtual storage management Brian?
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