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Arkeia Does Windows

Startup Arkeia Software unveiled new disaster recovery software for Windows today in an attempt to ease the strain on enterprises struggling with their Windows servers. (See Arkeia Debuts DR for Windows.)

For some time now, users have been scratching their heads about recovering their data from Windows machines, confronted with a slew of products from third parties such as DataCore Software Corp., NSI Software, and Hewlett-Packard, not to mention an extremely complex Windows environment. (See Microsoft Storage Puzzles.)

Windows backups are nothing new, although Arkeia claims to be stretching this particular envelope, offering to back up not just Windows files, but the accompanying operating system, boot partitions, master records, and system registries.

Nicholas Brenckle, facilities manager at New Haven, Conn.-based service provider DSL.Net, tells Byte and Switch that this type of technology meets a real need. The recovery process for Windows is confusing because of the registries and all the files that are involved,” he explains, adding that a system crash at the moment involves a laborious rebuild of the machine.

Other backup challenges that users face include the fact that the Windows OS is much more tightly linked with an application than would be, say, a Unix machine. Additionally, while users have clamored for better Windows security, those new features make something like backup more cumbersome.

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