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Arcserve plans integrated appliances, offers free endpoint backup

Months after spinning off from CA Technologies, SMB backup vendor Arcserve expands its product portfolio by selling backup software on integrated appliances.

Arcserve, the data protection vendor that spun out of CA Technologies in July, today said it will sell its backup software on integrated appliances and offer a free application for endpoint backup.

Arcserve's Unified Data Protection (UDP) software handles disk and tape backup along with high availability features such as failover/failback and disaster recovery testing. The Arcserve team broke from CA so it could concentrate on the SMB and midmarkets. CA is more focused on large enterprises.

Arcserve plans to begin shipping its appliance with UDP software in early 2015, first for SMBs with a midmarket appliance to follow.

The SMB appliance will have four capacity points ranging from 2 TB to 8 TB raw. The larger appliance will scale from 12 TB to 60 TB.

According to market research firm IDC, the backup appliance market hit $783.2 million in revenue in the second quarter of this year. That market includes appliances with backup built in such as Symantec NetBackup appliances. It also includes disk targets that require separate software applications such as EMC's Data Domain. Arcserve appliances will have UDP software built in for backup, deduplication and replication. Appliances with integrated software also eliminate the need for a separate media server.

Eric Burgener, IDC research director, said integrated appliances appeal to "storage generalists who lack sophistication that data protection managers have had," often in smaller companies.

"Ease of use is becoming a problem in these companies," he said. "The real benefit in an integrated appliance is there is no different functionality on them, and they're easier to buy and install."

Arcserve's free workstation backup product supports Microsoft laptops and desktops. It uses local disk or CIFS shares as backup targets. It includes Arcserve's Recovery Point Server data deduplication free for 30 days, with an option for a paid license after that. The free edition license includes only one workstation, but does not have a capacity limit. It includes a license upgrade path to the full UDP Workstation product.

Veeam Software also launched a free endpoint backup application for SMBs earlier this month. Veeam Endpoint Backup Free does not require other Veeam applications and has no time restrictions.

Arcserve's endpoint backup is less of a standalone product than it is a trial version that could lead customers to upgrade to a paid UDP application.

"Arcserve is saying, 'It's free, bring it in and try it, see if you like it,'" Burgener said of the workstation backup.

While vendors such as Druva and Code42 specialize in endpoint backup software, few major backup vendors have good endpoint data protection products. Burgener said endpoint protection has largely been left up to employees rather than IT.

"It's a lot easier for employees to work with Dropbox to share content with people who aren't employees of the company," he said. "Ease of use is competing with data protection and compliance. Anything you can do to tip that scale toward data protection and compliance could sell more backup software."

Arcserve has also upgraded its core UDP software, adding granular recovery for Oracle applications and Microsoft Exchange, ActiveDirectory and SharePoint.

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