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Backup vendor Arcserve has beefed up its flagship Unified Data Protection software to support backup, disaster recovery and high availability in the Amazon public cloud.
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The Arcserve UDP appliance version 6.5 allows customers to use the Amazon Web Services cloud as a remote DR site. They can replicate recovery points to a local Windows-based Recovery Point Server (RPS) in the AWS cloud and launch an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance from the recovery point. They can also restore an EC2 instance (an instant Linux virtual machine) to AWS EC2, and copy full recovery points to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
The updated Arcserve UDP appliance adds Virtual Standby for Windows to AWS EC2. That allows customers to convert recovery points to virtual machine formats on AWS EC2, which helps them quickly move on-premises backups to the cloud.
UDP 6.5 also supports Microsoft Office 365 backup to an on-premises location or any cloud that supports the Arcserve UDP RPS.
The cloud data protection features are not groundbreaking but have become requirements for backup vendors.
"This is a combination backup, disaster recovery and high availability product," said Dave Russell, distinguished analyst at Gartner research. "All of these are incremental [upgrades] but really, in my mind, this is their cloud announcement. If I was to use one word, this is the ‘cloud’ release. They did round out some other features and capabilities, but this is cloud exploitation."
A UDP RPS can now conduct backup and recovery in the Amazon S3 cloud to work as a replacement for tape for long-term storage. Arcserve added support for hardware snapshots for HPE 3PAR StoreServ and Nimble Storage arrays. UDP previously supported NetApp arrays.
"With our technology, we can offer a number of options to leverage Amazon," said Christophe Bertrand, Arcserve's vice president of product marketing.
The company recently launched higher-capacity models of the Arcserve UDP appliance with expandable storage and memory. The new UDP 8000 Series appliances include the UDP 8100, UDP 8200, UDP 8300 and UDP 8400. Each Arcserve UDP appliance is packaged with the Arcserve UDP software.
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