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Arsenal Digital Solutions Delivers Comprehensive On-Demand Data Protection for Virtual Servers
Arsenal Digital Solutions USA, Inc., the leader in on-demand data protection, today announced new enhanced virtual servers capabilities for ViaRemote®. Available as a core component of its ViaRemote platform, the capability enables companies to enjoy the business and technology benefits available from virtualizing servers, such as consolidated backup operations and faster restores, while reducing the cost and complexity of protecting data on those virtualized server platforms, such as VMware.

The solution is integrated with Arsenals unique s3® architecture and is available as a standard capability of the ViaRemote service offering. The capability handles both file and block level data for leading virtual server environments across all major operating systems. In addition, ViaRemote for virtual servers now enables an industry leading two-stage de-duplication technology process and a level of service capability and integration unmatched in the market.

According to International Data Corporation, in 2007 approximately half of the worlds 4.2 million servers will be virtualized. Greater than 50 percent of these virtual servers are running business-critical applications like databases and email.

Although virtualization technology has achieved significant gains in reducing overall server acquisition and management costs, data protection challenges of automating and simplifying backup remain. Arsenals solution addresses the inefficiencies inherent in traditional backup solutions by reducing the amount of total data backed up by 95 percent and the time to backup by 90 percent all while optimizing server processing and networking resource utilization.

Virtual server environments like VMware are a vital component of our customers data protection strategies, said Gerald Longoria, vice president, product management, Arsenal Digital. Delivering support for virtual servers as a standard capability through Arsenals managed services model, were enabling a substantially more efficient backup and recovery process. By doing so, were helping organizations take fullest advantage of server virtualization while avoiding the expense and complications that often characterize the data protection aspects of those initiatives.

How it works

To backup data within individual virtual machine (VM) instances, an agent needs to be installed in every VM that needs to backup data. Once configured, the individual ViaRemote agents de-duplicate data and automatically backup changed blocks securely to an Arsenal data center. Restores within an individual VM instance can be easily and quickly done using a web restore portal that is provided as part of the standard ViaRemote service.

ViaRemote for virtual servers also enables customers to backup full images of all virtual machines running on a host machine. In this case, a ViaRemote agent is installed on the host machine itself. Once installed, the agent de-duplicates the data across all VM instances running on the host machine and backs up only changed blocks within each image file. ViaRemote for virtual servers also supports backing up virtual machines using VMware Consolidate Backup (VCB).

Pricing and availability

Arsenal ViaRemote for virtual servers is immediately available as a capability in the standard ViaRemote offering from Arsenal and its partners. All customer pricing for ViaRemote offerings is available from Arsenal sales or sales partners. For more information, please visit: or call (919) 466-6700.

Published Monday, July 16, 2007 10:07 PM by David Marshall
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