Arcserve enables system, application availability

Arcserve Replication and High Availability provides continuous data protection for on-premises, remote and cloud workloads.

Johannesburg, 04 Jun 2019
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  • Arcserve Replication and High Availability shifts the paradigm from application recovery times to application availability so businesses remain fully operational during unplanned disruptions.
  • New release adds full system high availability for Linux, extends its full system support of Windows and Linux workloads to Azure, and increases support for multiple applications.
Driaan Odendaal Arcserve Southern Africa Lead, Technical.
Driaan Odendaal Arcserve Southern Africa Lead, Technical.

Arcserve Southern Africa has revealed that Arcserve, the world’s most experienced data protection provider - has today announced the newest version of Arcserve Replication and High Availability (RHA), which delivers high availability combined with heartbeat-powered automatic failover, and continuous data protection for Windows and Linux applications and systems on-premises, remote, and in the cloud.

With this release, Arcserve RHA adds full system high availability for Linux, extends its full system support of Windows and Linux workloads to Azure, and provides a number of enhancements, including performance and usability improvements and new platform certifications.

According to Arcserve’s independent global study of 759 IT decision-makers, 93% of respondents reported they could tolerate minimal, if any, data loss from critical business applications, with nearly 50% stating they have less than an hour to recover before it impacts revenue. To meet the demands of today’s always-on economy and digital transformation, companies are changing how they approach business continuity, moving beyond data backups and application recovery times to solutions that ensure continuous availability of critical business systems and applications.

“Across many industries, large enterprises struggle to manage disparate replication tools that only work with specific applications or systems. This process can be extremely manual and inefficient,” said Andrew Smith, research manager on IDC’s Enterprise Infrastructure Practice. “Arcserve has designed RHA to address this challenge, integrating with multiple applications, operating systems and platforms. This has the potential to ease the burden and costs of managing siloed tools, and can also reduce the risk of downtime for companies that can’t afford any disruption to business continuity.”

Using a journal-based process as opposed to snapshot-based backups, Arcserve RHAcontinuously replicates data at the file system level of files/folders and applications, and full physical/virtual systems with heartbeat-powered automatic failover to ensure they remain operational. Designed to work in dissimilar hardware and environments, it eliminates the need for a collection of expensive replication tools focused on specific applications and systems.

“We are using Stratus Technologies’ everRun Extend, powered by Arcserve RHA, in multiple locations to protect the access control systems (ACS) for a large financial company, which we’ve found to be perfect for maintaining functional warm redundant servers,” said Patrick Callahan, VP of Sawyers Control Systems. “This solution has made maintenance work and the entire business continuity process very easy. It’s unlike any other high availability solution we’ve evaluated and allows us to seamlessly achieve continuous access to systems for our clients who can’t afford any extended downtime.”

Joost Verhofstad, channel sales manager at Stratus Technologies, adds: “Some of the largest organisations in the world use Stratus everRun Extend, powered by Arcserve RHA, to transform their applications into continuously available solutions. Arcserve’s Replication and High Availability technology is added to Stratus' leading offering of high-availability and fault-tolerant system solutions, in order to meet any and all of Stratus customers' system redundancy and availability needs in the best possible way.”

System and application availability

  • Full system high availability for Windows and Linux: Arcserve RHA allows IT teams to maintain up-to-date replicas of mission-critical systems; Windows systems to XenServer, VMware, Hyper-V, Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Azure; Linux systems to VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Azure.
  • Application high availability: Users can also keep applications available and accessible through real-time replication on physical servers, VMware, Hyper-V, Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Azure.
  • Application-aware replication: Teams can manage the replication of data for Exchange, SQL, IIS, SharePoint, Oracle, Hyper-V and custom applications in one program.
  • Data rewind: Arcserve RHA also offers the ability to rollback applications to a point in time before a system crash, data corruption, or ransomware event.
  • Encryption: IT teams can transfer data with AES-128, AES-256 or custom-level encryption between local and remote locations without the need for a VPN.

“Arcserve RHA was developed to provide organizations with true, continuous application and system availability,” said Oussama El-Hilali, CTO at Arcserve. “There are vendors in the business continuity space that claim to offer high availability, but the technology just isn’t there. What they’re doing is providing snapshot-based backups, or replication with short RPOs. And many only support virtual machines so you’re stuck if you have critical physical on-premises systems that need to remain operational. Arcserve RHA, on the other hand, delivers availability for on-premises, remote, and cloud systems and applications, which are the foundation of most IT infrastructures.”

Driaan Odendaal, Lead: Arcserve Southern Africa, Technical, notes this is an important announcement for the South African market. “Local businesses face many challenges in terms of downtime so the announcement of this latest version of Arcserve RHA is good news for all organisations in our market with a vision to reduce both the risk and the inevitable negative impact of business continuity disruption.”

To learn more about Arcserve’s ability to provide high availability for both Windows and Linux systems and applications, please visit: www.arcserve.com/RHA.

Arcserve Southern Africa

Arcserve Southern Africa is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and is the sole sub-Saharan Africa representative of US global corporation, Arcserve, a leading provider of data protection and recovery software. Arcserve provides a comprehensive solution for virtual and physical environments, on premise or in the cloud, backed by unsurpassed support and expertise. Arcserve’s new unified architecture, Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP), drives a full range of highly efficient and integrated data protection capabilities through a simple, web-based user console.

Arcserve Southern Africa territories include: South Africa; Nigeria; East Africa and the South African Development Community (SADC).

For further information: www.arcserve.com

Editorial contacts
Blain Communications Deirdre Blain (+27) 83 230 5522 blain@iafrica.com
Lead: Arcserve Southern Africa Technical Driaan Odendaal (+27) 11 417 8680 DriaanOdendaal@arcserve.com
Lead: Arcserve Southern Africa Channel and Partnerships Byron Horn-Botha (+27) 11 417 8641 Byron.Horn-Botha@arcserve.com