Arkeia Software

WD Arkeia - Version 10.1

Version 10.1 at a Glance

  • Cloud “Seeding and Feeding” for appliances: Export one or multiple backup sets in deduped format on to USB-connected disk drives or disk arrays for any Generation-3 or Generation-4 appliance. Ship to remote storage and import the backup sets into a remote backup server.
  • Cloud Recovery via Portable Disk for appliances: Perform the feeding and seeding operation in reverse. Data are maintained in dedupe format when shipped on physical media back to LAN.
  • Source-side dedupe on Mac OS X: Target-side dedupe has been available for years with Mac OS X. Now accelerate backups with source-side dedupe.
  • On-boarding wizard for appliances: Configuration of appliances is a breeze. Follow a series of easy steps and you’ll be doing your first backup in minutes.

WD Arkeia version 10.1 delivers features to enable “hybrid cloud backups” for appliances, to expand support for source-side dedupe, and to simplify deployment of WD Arkeia appliances. WD Arkeia was the first backup software vendor to announce cloud “seeding and feeding,” as well as the capability to recover multiple backup sets on USB-connected disk, all using deduplicated data formats. This release and the fourth generation of WD Arkeia backup appliances were announced on June 27, 2013.

What's new-in-v10.1

WD Arkeia v10.1 was conceived primarily in support of the fourth generation of WD Arkeia backup appliances. It extends “Seed and Feed” features to WD Arkeia appliances and introduces a new on-boarding wizard to simplify appliance setup. For more information about the fourth generation of WD Arkeia appliances visit www.arkeia.com/appliance. Each of the major features of v10.1 is outlined below.

Cloud “Seeding and Feeding” for Appliances

In v10.1 WD extends hybrid cloud “seeding and feeding” to appliances. “Seeding and feeding” lets administrators employ any combination of physical media and internet transport to replicate backup sets from a LAN to remote cloud storage. WD Arkeia makes it practical to replace tapes used for off-site storage by allowing large backup sets—like full backups—to be moved onto USB-connected hard drives and arrays, and small backup sets—like incremental backups—to be sent over the wire.

WD 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, WD 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, WD 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.

WD Arkeia v10.1 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 for Appliances

Cloud recovery via portable disk is not “recovery of data in the cloud”—which is a capability that WD Arkeia has supported since 2007. In v10.1, WD Arkeia appliances support the 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.

Source-side Duplication for Mac OS X

WD Arkeia has offered source-side deduplication on Linux and Windows since version 9.0. WD Arkeia v10.1 delivers source-side dedupe on Mac OS X. Until now, Mac OS X machines could only be deduplicated on the backup server. This target-side dedupe delivered the same compression rates, but required that the full, non-deduped backup set be transferred over the LAN. With source-side dedupe, administrators can accelerate backups of Mac OS X.

On-boarding Wizard for Appliances

A new on-boarding wizard for appliances in WD Arkeia v10.1 simplifies appliance deployment. Simply follow a series of easy steps to set passwords, to record email addresses, and to configure network and date/time parameters, and you’ll be doing your first backup in minutes.