2016 saw a lot of growth to functionality of Arcserve, having introduced lots of new exciting features and changes in technology. In this article, I look at the newest added features in Arcserve UDP 6.5. (I left out existing features and performance enhancements so to focus on the newest features only.)
Instant Recovery Of Physical Server P2V IVM
An instant VM restore or IVM is mounting your latest backup point to your Hypervisor host as a temporary data store point and registering that VM into the Virtual infrastructure for immediate accessibility. It’s no longer necessary to wait for your restore to copy points from backup disk into production – with IVM your RTO is seconds to minutes.
UDP has had this feature from version 6.0. UDP can support Instant VM restore Cross-Hypervisor IVM V2V, instantly restore a VMware VM onto Hyper-V and visa versa. UDP also protects physical machines and allows for instant VM recovery of a physical node “ P2V IVM “ to Vmware or HyperV.
Nimble Storage Snapshot Integration
You can lower the additional impact from backup activities on production storage by retrieving VM data from storage snapshots on primary storage and replicated copies on secondary storage.
UDP has expanded on its existing integrations with NetApp, Nimble and Kaminiario and extends its direct Storage Snapshot support to HPE 3PARStoreServ Storage in version 6.5.
Direct Restore to Public Cloud
This enables users to take on-premises workloads and restore or migrate them to public cloud platforms. This can allow for disaster recovery strategy, development scenarios for testing or ease resource constraints on site by migrating workloads to scalable public cloud platforms.
UDP The Arcserve UDP Virtual Standby plan now supports the conversion of the recovery points to virtual machine formats on AWS EC2 with the help of the snapshots to restore your data easily. This feature ensures the highest available capability by using the public cloud and helps in shifting your backup environments on premise to AWS EC2 easily and quickly.
Backup for Microsoft Office 365
The Exchange Online component of Office 365 provides an offering for companies to utilise Exchange Mail services via Microsoft’s public cloud platform on a subscription basis. The challenge here has always been protecting and ensuring the recoverability of this public cloud exchange data in Office 365.
UDP also produces the new feature to help organizations protect the Office 365 emails hosted on Microsoft’s public or private cloud. Using this feature, users can secure and maintain a local backup of their Office 365 email data, eliminating the risk of data loss due to an outage or accidental deletion. Backup administrators can protect individual items such as emails, calendars, contacts, tasks, notes and so on. They can search the protected items and restore them using a wide range of flexible recovery options.
Additionally, by using the smart filter feature, administrators can opt to selectively back up only important folders and exclude others (for sync issues, clutter and so on). The feature reduces the backup window and helps to save the crucial network bandwidth and storage.
Backup Agent for Linux
This is a software agent designed to be installed on physical servers to allow the Linux file system and applications to be backed up. This is not new technology.
UDP: Agents for Linux have been around from the beginning of UDP. Arcserve also uses a single Linux system with an agent installed to orchestrate backups to all other Linux physical servers in the environment. Arcserve can do agent-free backup of Linux physical servers, only requiring one server to hold the Linux agent.
Agent for Windows
This is a software agent designed to be installed on physical servers to allow their Windows file system and applications to be backed up. This is not new technology.
UDP: Arcserve Windows agent for physical servers has been around since the inception of UDP and has support from Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1, all the way to the newest Windows Server 2016.
Backup from UNC Paths/Network Shares
This is the capability of protecting and backing SMB (CIFS) shares exported by an operating system or presented by a storage device link NAS.
UDP is now capable of protecting SMB (CIFS) shares exported by Windows, Linux, and NAS devices. As well as using such paths as a backup destination. This is a great feature for SMBs that don’t own file servers or don’t have storage capacity to protect an entire file server, they can rather just the share the path.
Automatic Protection of Newly added VMs to Hosts or Resource Pools
In Vmware, Vcentre VMs are sorted and grouped by resource pools. Having the ability to protect a resource pool allows newly created VMs on the Hypervisor to join a current backup job or policy. This reduces the administrative time of adding VMs to backup jobs through backup vendor software. This ensures instant protection.
UDP: In Arcserve’s newest release V6.5 you can protect a single container object (such as a resource pool) in the vSphere hierarchy. This way, new VMs added into the container object are protected automatically.
Recovery Point Testing
This feature will allow backup software to test the recovery point just made of a production server to ensure integrity of the recovery point. This will avoid any complications during a restore process.
UDP has added a new feature called Assured Recovery, which allows you to view the health status of the recovery points. The integrity and recoverability of recovery points are tested on a scheduled basis by automatically creating instant virtual machine copies or instant virtual disk copies. Additional built-in functions can test the file systems of IVM or IVD clones. No pre-set rolee scripts are available, but the option is available to run one’s own custom script against an Assured Recovery test.
SLA Reports for RTO and RPO on Protected Systems
SLA reporting on RTO and RPO allows the backup software to manage and report on protected servers and whether they are meeting RPOs (Backup windows) or RTO (Required Restore times). SLAs would be defined based on required up time and data loss policies for critical systems or applications in an environment.
UDP has added SLA reporting for RTO and RPO to the newest release 6.5. Arcserve UDP’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) report is to help organizations generate compliance reports related to Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO).
RTO Report: The Arcserve UDP RTO report is a compliance report that displays the comparison of Recovery Time Actual and Recovery Time Objective values for all the executed recovery type of jobs, such as file system restore, VM recovery, BMR, Instant VM, and Assured Recovery. You can further drill down to see node level status filtered by ‘RTO met’, ‘not met’, ‘not tested’, and ‘not defined’ statuses.
RPO Report: The Arcserve UDP RPO report displays the total number of nodes with available recovery points during the specified time period in the bar view, categorized by age of the latest recovery points (15 minutes, last hour, 12 hours, last day, and so on), age of oldest recovery points (30 days and older), and monthly distribution (Jan – Dec). You can further drill-down to see node level statuses for the selected category.
This is all included under the UDP software suite and does not require addition purchase or licensing.
The Big Conclusion
Arcserve’s newest releases are way ahead of all the other competitors in terms of marketing and making waves.
In my opinion Arcserve, because of the physical and virtual portions, allows for the solution to be completely agnostic to customer hardware and Hypervisor choice and is a truly unified solution.
Arcserve also holds the high availability features set that been around for years. This eliminates RPO and RTOs as there is no data loss and no downtime. It’s more than just back up and disaster recovery, it’s business continuity too.
Arcserve provides both physical and virtual, unified and high availability features with enterprise reporting in a single installation, single interface, and a single license.