CA Technologies extends Linux support to ARCserve D2D

CA ARCserve D2D for Linux

CA Technologies has announced CA ARCserve D2D for Linux, providing a Linux version of its D2D backup, which was introduced for Windows three years ago.

“We added D2D for image-based Windows protection with our ARCserve R15 release, and this  extends it to Linux,” said Steve Fairbanks, vice president, Product Delivery, Data Management, CA Technologies.  ”That’s a big step forward for us in image-based backup.”

The Linux D2D solution is similar in most respects to the Windows version, including the Web 2.0 interface, flexible recovery options, and, built-in data security to support diverse compliance requirements. There are, however, a couple significant differences.

First, the Linux version supports unattended bare-metal recovery, which enables systems to quickly and easily be restored to similar or dissimilar physical or virtual servers remotely.

“This means the admin can reboot it remotely without anyone visiting the server,” Fairbanks said.

The bare metal recovery capability was introduced in the Linux version because that is the first release following CA Technologies’ having the technology ready for ARCserve D2D. Fairbanks said that the plan is to have it in the next version of Windows.

The other difference from the Windows version does relate specifically to Linux capabilities.

“Because Linux is leaner than Windows, we can build a very lean agent for automated, hassle-free installation,” Fairbanks said. “What’s cool here is we can push it out at real time, and pull the agent off after it’s out, leaving only a small piece of code for tracking.”

CA ARCserve D2D for Linux can be licensed individually on a per-server (or virtual machine) basis.

“There is a lot of flexibility in the licensing,” Fairbanks said. “If the customer buys, say a license  for two protected TB, we don’t care what they buy, Windows or Linux. They also don’t have to count servers — just buy on a per socket, per host, or per protected terabyte basis.

While this is a software product, and not a SaaS offering, it is included in CA ARCserve managed capacity (per-Terabyte) and virtual server per-socket offerings, with licensing options that provide monthly subscriptions for MSPs.

CA ARCserve D2D for Linux supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x and 6.x, as well as CentOS 5.x and 6.x.  CA ARCserve backup, replication and high availability solutions also support Linux.

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