Version 10.0 at a Glance
- Cloud “Seeding and Feeding”: Export one or multiple backup sets in deduped format on to USB-connected disk drives or disk arrays. Ship physical media to remote storage and import the backup sets into a remote backup server.
- Cloud Recovery via Portable Disk: Perform the feeding and seeding operation in reverse. Data are maintained in dedupe format when shipped on physical media back to LAN.
- Replication Tunneling: Encrypt backup sets when they are in motion between backup servers. Encryption applies both to WAN transmission and transport of disk drives and arrays.
- Simplified Installation and Configuration: The process for downloading, installing, and configuring Arkeia Network Backup software has been re-engineered for v10.0.
- Source Volume Licensing: Allow enforcement of software licenses based on volume of source data to be protected, rather than number of agents or volume of target storage.
Arkeia Network Backup version 10.0 delivers features to enable “hybrid cloud backups” and to simplify installation and licensing. Arkeia is the first backup software vendor to announce cloud “seeding and feeding,” as well as the capability to return multiple backup sets to a customer, all using deduplicated data formats. This release and the opportunity to participate in the upcoming beta program were announced on June 12, 2012 and the release became generally available on January 21, 2013.
Arkeia Network Backup v10 has been designed for organizations that want to replicate backup sets off-site (e.g. at a remote office), or that want to provide cloud backup services (e.g. MSPs, VARs, etc). Each of the major features of v10 is outlined below.
Cloud “Seeding and Feeding”
In v10 Arkeia introduces hybrid cloud “seeding and feeding” in which administrators can employ any combination of physical media and internet transport to replicate backup sets on a LAN to remote cloud storage. Arkeia makes it practical to replace tapes for off-site storage by allowing large backup sets like full backups to be moved on physical media and small backup sets like incremental backups to be sent over the wire.
Arkeia’s hybrid cloud solution moves beyond rudimentary “cloud seeding” in which the first backup is moved off-site on physical media, followed by incremental backups sent over the WAN. First, Arkeia allows incremental backups to be replicated by wire before the first full backup is received at the destination replication server, eliminating the exposure that occurs when incremental backups must be delayed waiting for the initial full backup to be delivered to the cloud.
Second, physical media can also be used for “feeding”: transporting any backup set too large to be replicated conveniently over the WAN. Internet and physical media transfers can be combined in any combination, in any sequence.
Third, Arkeia’s hybrid-approach saves organizations money because not all backup sets have to be replicated to the cloud, giving administrators the flexibility to pick and choose based on the cost of cloud bandwidth and cloud storage.
Arkeia Network Backup v10.0 supports replication with USB-connected disk drives and disk arrays. Disk arrays in redundant RAID configurations allow large volumes of data to be reliably transferred in a single package. A disk array with 10TB of useable capacity delivered overnight is comparable to a 1Gbps WAN link—but available as-needed without provisioning delays or expensive monthly fees.
Arkeia VARs and MSP customers will inventory USB-connected arrays, providing them to end users as needed, upon first backup and from time-to-time thereafter. External storage is ideal because the disk drives are needed only infrequently and do not occupy valuable real estate in backup appliances, because they are available in redundant arrays, and because arrays can scale far beyond the capacity of a single drive.
Cloud Recovery via Portable Disk
Cloud recovery via portable disk is not “recovery of data in the cloud”—which is a capability that Arkeia has supported since 2007. This new capability permits transfers of one or multiple deduplicated backup sets to the LAN from the cloud. Moving backup sets in deduplicated format accelerates recovery, especially when large numbers of machines must be recovered quickly.
This capability is ideal for recovery when the on-site backup server is fully or partially damaged or backup sets lost. This process returns backup sets to a backup server. Subsequently, recovery of data from the backup sets can be achieved by normal mechanisms.
Replication tunneling ensures that backup sets are protected when they are in motion between backup servers. Encryption of backup sets applies both to WAN transmission and transport of disk drives and arrays.
Encryption makes impossible eavesdropping on a WAN transmission. Similarly, encryption of disk contents—data, metadata, and control—protects disks from loss or theft. Any disk drive or array is unusable without the passphrase/key to decrypt the backup set.
This capability is most important when the backup sets themselves are not encrypted, a practice sometimes used between two data centers of the same organization.
Simplified Installation and Configuration
Arkeia Network Backup v10.0 introduces a totally re-engineered and simplified process for downloading, installing, and configuring Arkeia Network Backup software products. With this release, administrators do not need to know which Arkeia products are delivered in which packages.
Arkeia makes available an “Installation Assistant” that will allow administrators to select the combination of Arkeia products to be installed. The Assistant will download the packages necessary for these products and install them.
The Assistant can also be used to download sets of packages for other machines, including those that do not have Internet access. Once packages for a “remote machine” are downloaded, the administrator simply moves the directory/folder from the local machine to the remote machine and runs the Assistant a second time on the remote machine.
Source Volume Licensing
Source volume licensing delivers software licenses based on volume of source data to be protected, rather than number of agents or volume of target storage.
Source volume licensing is an easier-to-use alternative to agent- and target-storage-based licensing schemes that have been the standard model in backup and recovery.