Arcserve UDP | A backup Solution

Arcserve UDP | A backup Solution

We have many options available in market for daily Backups and recovery option , one of the option is ArcServe UDP (unified data protection) Solution.  It is an advance solution which almost provides neck to neck solutions of today’s infrastructure, whether it is virtual environment or Physical, Cloud or On-Premises, Agent or agentless backups, Compression and de-duplication etc.

Lets take a look on Arcserve UDP 6.5 today and we will cover a basic backup and restore jobs of this product.

 

Introduction

Arcserve UDP is a product of Arcserve company. Arcserve is a provider of data protection, replication and recovery solutions for enterprises and small to medium businesses. Arcserve was founded in 1990 as Cheyenne Software. Software vendor CA Technologies, which was then known as Computer Associates, acquired Cheyenne in 1996 and continued to develop and market the Arcserve product under the same brand.

Arcserve was first developed as a product used to back up other software programs and to ensure that data in the network could not be lost. The major function of the first release was to automatically copy all of the information in the system so that mishaps such as power failures and equipment malfunctions would not destroy or erase it. During the early nineties, Arcserve became Cheyenne’s flagship product with massive growth in sales. Cheyenne brought out an improved version of its core program Arcserve in 1993 and began distribution through Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Products

It has many products for On-Premises and Cloud for data backup and restore as per the environment. It promotes three main platforms:-  Cloud, Appliance and Software for the infrastructure. One can use Hybrid technology as well.

We are going to discuss about its ArcServe UDP 6.5 update 3 Software Product which is on premises.

License 

It is a license product though 30 days trial is available to start with it. License is based on the Physical CPU cores. so more you have the physical servers more licenses will be required. If you have VM or Hyper-V environment then it would be a cost saving scenario where in you only need a license of Physical Hyper-visor Machine’s CPU Cores. For instance, you have 4 ESX physical machines with 2 CPU 4 cores each where in 100 virtual machines are residing. Hence, 32 core licenses (2x4x4)  and all virtual machines will be included even though it reaches 150, until you add new physical ESX server.

UDP 6.5 Overview

Arcserve UDP brings enterprise power to small and over-stretched IT teams, delivering fortified capabilities that eliminate the need for any other data protection solution:

  • Protect both virtual and physical servers with advanced support for Windows and Linux-based applications, and public and private clouds
  • Increase the speed and agility of recovery with enterprise storage array snapshot support, instant VM recovery, virtual standby, and instant bare metal recovery
  • Deliver on stringent service level requirements with fully-automated, non-disruptive system availability testing
  • Reduce backup storage footprints by up to 95%, and benefit from the lowest cost-per-protected TB in the industry with true global deduplication
  • Prevent data loss with high availability capabilities that deliver real-time server and application monitoring, automatic and push-button failover, automated end-user redirection, and push-button failback functionality

 

 

Console

Like the name says it all, it is a main Console that work as a mediator and provide web interface to manage everything:- Dashboard, Backup Plans, schedules , Recovery Point Server (RPS) , Datastores, Encryption , Reports, Assured Recovery Tests, Replications etc.

RPS Server

Recovery Point server is a server that is the responsible to get agents connected and store the Backups to datastores. It creates Recovery Points for Daily, Weekly and custom jobs.

Deduplication

Deduplication is nowadays a must have feature with increase the space requirement. If you have deduplication enabled in the Datastore so it reduces the occupied storage upto 90%. You can even enable compression and deduplication together to get most of the reduction in space utilization. You need an SSD to enable dedplucation (SSD space is not as much in comparison to main space) a calculation can be made how much SSD is required in comparison for Backup Data. For ex:- if 500 TB data to be backup so 500 GB SSD space should be sufficient. In case if you are not using SSD then a much RAM will be required to enable deduplication (not recommended though)

 

 

 

A Simple layout how ArcServe Flowchart looks like:- Console that connects to RPS Server and RPS gets connected to Deduplication Data Store where the backup stores

 

 

 

Backup

ArcServe Support both Hyper-V and ESX Hyper visors and Both Windows and Linux platforms. There are two types of backups:

  1. Agentless: It is Hypervisor depended backup wherein ArcServe Connects to Hyper-visor client (Vcenter) and takes snapshot, mounts snapshot to ArcServe Machine and takes the backup. There is no software gets installed on Target machine. Even a powered off machine can be backup. There is dependency of VM Tools for quiescing  snapshots

2. Agent:- it is a typical backup agent wherein an agent (windows/linux) gets installed through deployment wizard and responsible for backup and recovery. It always gets connected to ArcServe UDP server to get schedule changes and with Recovery Point Server (RPS Server)

 

 

Restore

There are many options to restore data either you can restore entire machine or specific data to be restored. (taking examples of VMware)

  1. Restore file/folder:- Just like any other backup software, a file and folders can be selected from the Recovery points (stored backup jobs in RPS)  and restore it to original or any other location.
  2. Mount Recovery Point:- You can directly mount recovery points from RPS. Like any Drive and copy paste any file and folders (most easiest way to recover files or folders).
  3.  Restore VM:- from the agentless node backups one can choose any recovery point and restore the entire VM. it can be restore to original location or can be new VM using Vcenter.
  4. Instant VM:- If you want to do a disaster Recovery or want to create a duplicate/test VM then instant VM is also a very good option as it just a right click wizard which asks for selection of vcenter and choose recovery point select node and restore directly to Vcenter by default it creates a different machine with different name and you can switch on the machine without assigning a network or on an isolated network to make sure and test the recovered machine. However, it needs to be Storage vmotion to any of the Vcenter Datastore before going live.
  5. Recover from BMR (Beta Metal Recovery):- It is an option where in one can create a new Virtual Machine with desired Hardware (RAM, CPU, DISK, Network) and prefeered Vcenter server and storage and Boot from BMR ISO and connect to RPS choose storage choose recovery point, map the drive from backup and restore. (it is fast option)

Replication

It is an option wherein you may replicate backups recovery points outside your premises be it new RPS server at other side or cloud. So that one shouldn’t worry of loosing of backup recovery points.

Above is the brief introduction of ArcServe UDP. A new Blog will be followed by the Installation of the ArcServe UDP 6.5, i will share the Installation steps with example backups. New Blog link will be updated here. Thanks for reading the blog please subscribe to get new blogs update on Facebook.

Update

Here is the video of Arcserve UDP 6.5 installation. Please watch, share and subscribe:-

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