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Arcserve pushes out its first appliances

Arcserve this week formally launched the integrated appliances the vendor first disclosed last November.

The Arcserve UDP 7000 Appliance runs Arcserve UDP data protection software for physical and virtual environments. The SMB line of appliances includes five models in 3 TB, 6 TB and 9 TB native capacity options, which should provide 8 TB, 17 TB and 26 TB of backup capacity with deduplication. The 6 TB and 9 TB models also include versions with three virtual standby machines to help recover from a server outage. UDP software protects VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors, and handles deduplication, encryption, compression and replication over the WAN.

List price ranges from $8,495 for the 3 TB 7100 model to $21,560 for the 9 TB 7300V with virtual standby. The systems will be generally available in March.

Arcserve spun out of CA Technologies last July, a few months after releasing UDP software.

Arcserve CEO Mike Crest said UDP remains the key for Arcserve, with the appliances adding a delivery option. He said the appliances will compete mainly with Unitrends in going after “abandoned [Veritas] Backup Exec appliance customers.”

He said Arcserve will eventually add larger appliances that compete with Veritas NetBackup appliances.

Crest said the appliances come from an OEM partner but were designed by Arcserve to work with UDP.

“This is not a re-invention of anything,” he said. “There is a segment of customers that will always want to have an appliance, or always want software. There may be customers who will want both. In the next few months we will deliver DR as a service in the cloud. This becomes a gateway for customers to leverage that capability.”

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