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Arcserve ventures into hardware space with data recovery appliance

Channel StrategyArcserve

Data protection software vendor Arcserve is entering the hardware market for the first time with its launch of the Unified Data Protection (UDP) 7000 Appliance, an all-in-one disaster recovery solution for SMBs.

According to Christophe Bertrand, vice president of product marketing at Arcserve, the growth of the appliances market was something the company wanted to take advantage of.

“The appliances market and all these categories that are evolving, this covers all of them in one appliance,” said Bertrand, referring also to the data centre and cloud businesses.  “This was a natural extension for UDP.”

This foray combines the Arcserve UDP software with a combination of SATA, SAS and SSD storage and allows for global deduplication, encryption, compression, and WAN optimized replication all while streamlining setup and management.

In total, five models with three capacities protect anywhere between one to 26 terabytes of source data through continuous or periodic backups, compatible with both physical and virtual environments.  It also works in tandem with existing UDP deployments with the same feature set, and can be managed through the same pane of glass, according to Arcserve.

Meanwhile, the backup is host-based and agentless for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, and ties into cloud services including Amazon, Windows Azure, Eucalyptus and Fujitsu.

Bertrand even promised file level, granular controls, including support for parameter restore and recovery onto dissimilar hardware in case of physical failures.

Despite separating from parent company CA Technologies, Bertrand emphasized that the company remains 100 per cent channel.  Citing Arcserve’s MSP partner program, he said that the company is “not changing that commitment with our independence.”

“We remain a software company to work with as well,” said Bertrand. “For customers wanting to protect systems on cloud or on-prem, being able to be flexible is key.”