CA Inc. today upgraded its ARCserve Replication and High Availability products. Version 15.2 adds multi-stream replication for high-latency networks, a wizard to assist administrators in protecting non-Microsoft and custom applications, support for updated Microsoft applications, and integrated management-console access to Web 2.0 interactive technologies and documentation resources.
According to Bennett Klein, CA's senior director of product marketing, the Replication product synchronizes physical or virtual production servers with replica or failover servers across a LAN or WAN in real time. The High Availability product adds application, network, and server monitoring, and offers automatic or manual failover and fail back to and from the replica server. The products run on Windows, Unix, or Linux operating systems and works with all major data backup products.
Multi-streaming replication was added for organizations with high-latency networks that don't want to add bandwidth to accommodate the ARCserve Replication real-time server synchronizing traffic. Klein said multi-streaming helps customers pushing replication data across a wide-area network (WAN).
"It breaks up the replication stream into multiple streams that can simultaneously go across the network," he explained. "It's really for users that are replicating to a remote location or their disaster recovery center."
Charles King, principal analyst with the San Francisco, Calif.,-based consulting company PUND-IT Inc., said the multi-streaming technology is a sound concept. "This idea of multi-stream replication is extremely intriguing to me and if it works as advertised, I think it could provide a very valuable and welcome solution," he said.
CA also included a custom application protection wizard in version 15.2 to help administrators use the ARCserve products for replication and high-availability data protection with non-Microsoft and custom applications.
Customers previously had to write scripts to support non-Microsoft applications. "Now you can basically point to any application on the server, drill down into the services themselves, and point-and-click to figure out which services you want to monitor and which services need failover," Klein explained.
King said "having a simplified wizard to walk data center admins through that process could be valuable," he said."It's not a world changer, but it should take some of the pain and time required out of that process."
CA also integrated Web 2.0 technologies such as social networking and user community links into the management console, and added support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010 SP1, and Internet Explorer versions 7 and 8.
"[CA] understands that their customers have a wide variety of platforms, applications, operating systems, and hardware," King said. "And that many [administrators] are struggling to simultaneously manage those platforms and applications. Having a single vendor that's offering a window into multiple platforms, multiple OSes, multiple applications, and providing a singular sign-in and management capabilities could provide some very powerful tools for enterprises moving ahead."