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CA Strengthens Its Recovery Management Portfolio

Proper disaster recovery testing is disruptive, complex and an administrator burden, so many IT organizations would like to sweep it under the rug. Anything that makes effective DR testing feasible and easier is to be welcomed.

Data protection for business continuity, including both local recovery from operational problems and remote disaster recovery, is in the midst of a sea change. Vendors are adding functions, features, and products to what was once simply backup/recovery software to provide more widely focused recovery management solutions. Recovery management takes a broader perspective on what it takes to not only protect data but, even more importantly, to recover that data if necessary in order to enable disaster-impacted applications to fully access and use their data.

In a recent global study conducted by TheInfoPro, CA found that enterprises may be willing to migrate from their existing backup/restore software if a broader recovery management approach were available that offered attractive benefits. Not so surprisingly, CA recently announced new capabilities for recovery management that serve as an illustration of what is happening in the recovery management segment of the data protection market today.

The CA Recovery Management announcement includes:

CA ARCserve Backup 12.5 - CA announced a number of new features for ARCserve, such as increased virtualization support, but for illustration purposes, data deduplication and monitoring and reporting support are key. Data deduplication is a particularly hot topic in data protection, since these solutions save only one full back-up copy of the data, plus all the changes that take place afterward. This is in contrast to the traditional method of storing multiple, full backups over time as well as any necessary incremental backups. If all those backups are stored on disk (as opposed to tape) the process can become quite expensive. In short, data deduplication saves disk space, improves backup efficiency and reliability, and improves the ability to restore data more quickly.

Consequently, the free inclusion of data deduplication within CA ARCserve offers a financial and administrative boon to companies that want to do disk-to-disk backup. By comparison, if a customer chooses to use a virtual tape library (VTL) for disk-to-disk backup, the customer would pay to use the VTL vendor's data deduplication software.

David Hill is principal of Mesabi Group LLC, which focuses on helping organizations make complex IT infrastructure decisions simpler and easier to understand. He is the author of the book "Data Protection: Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance." View Full Bio
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