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Private equity ownership produces an improved Arcserve, apparently

Sales are up, CA. Sure you made the right decision?

By Chris Mellor, 6 Oct 2016

Private equity-owned backup and DR house Arcserve has got itself a second generation UDP 8000 appliance sitting above the existing UDP 7000 series with more performance and capacity.

Arcserve claims it is the most cost-effective and easily deployable purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) in the data protection industry. CEO Mike Crest said it “adds muscle to optimise power and performance.”

In the past 12 months the UDP 7000 had a 4,900 per cent sales increase. No doubt this was from a small starting number but, even so, that’s impressive - backup can be big business.

It shows what a sudden burst of private equity ownership can do and raises a question: If the Arcserve business had such potential then why didn't previous owner, CA Technologies, see it?

There are four models in the UDP 8000 series: 8100, 8200, 8300 and, wait for it, 8400.


UDP 8000 boxes

Arcserve’s gen 2 appliance features storage capacity expandable to 240TB raw - UDP 7000 expanded to 26TB raw in its initial release. Here’s a datasheet showing the speeds and feeds:


UDP 8000 datasheet table.

Features include:

  • New Intel SSDs to improve dedupe write speeds
  • Non-disruptive storage in-place expansion
  • Extra RAM for virtual standby/instant VM needs
  • Latest enterprise 12Gbit/s SAS disk drives
  • DDR-2400MHz RAM
  • Intel E5 V4 Xeon processors - up to 12-core

The company now has a range of 16 appliance products. The UDP 8000 series will be generally available in early November, with field expansion capabilities, such as the ability to expand storage in-place without changing systems, broadly available in 2017. ®

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