CA ARCserve Backup r16 review

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CA has set out to combine backup to disk, tape and cloud storage in a single product with the latest version of its popular software. ARCserve Backup r16 brings a sharper focus on protecting virtualised environments, includes integrated data archiving plus synthetic full backups, and can manage ARCserve D2D servers from the main Manager console.

CA’s focus on cloud storage sees the introduction of disk-to-disk-to-cloud (D2D2C) backup with support for Amazon Web Services and Eucalyptus, to name but two. From the Manager console, you create a connection to your chosen provider and associate it with virtual storage devices – basically, links to cloud folders.

From the ARCserve Device Manager, you can browse, erase and format cloud folders, but they can’t be used for standard backup copy operations. At present, they can be used as a target for data migration as part of a disk-staging job, hence the D2D2C concept.

ARCserve r16 supports host-level backup for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. We tested with Hyper-V, and used a Dell R515 server running Windows Server 2008 R2 and the Hyper-V role.

CA ARCserve Backup r16

The ARCserve Windows agent must be installed on the Hyper-V host, and one agent licence includes any number of guest VMs on that system. ARCserve supports snapshot-based backups using the Hyper-V VSS Writer, which allows entire VMs to be backed up and restored.

Backing up VMs is simple. During job creation, browse the server object and select any of its VMs as sources. Running VMs are backed up with child partition snapshots, while those powered down use the latest saved state.

For file-level restoration, you load the ARCserve agent within each VM. After populating the ARCserve backup database using the Hyper-V host agent, any running VMs with the agent installed also appear in a separate group in the source view, where you select their virtual volumes.

We found the backup process no different to securing physical servers. For restore operations, we could select individual files and folders in the VM and return them to their original location or another destination.

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