Arkeia Software released Arkeia Network Backup 8 which delivers the first true virtual appliance for backup that gives customers free choice of hardware.
The Arkeia Virtual Appliance delivers Arkeia Network Backup as a system image for a VMware virtual machine and comes bundled with everything required to implement a backup solution, including licenses for a disk-based virtual tape library (VTL) and Arkeia Backup Agents. The Arkeia Virtual Appliance can be deployed in both VMware ESX and ESXi virtual environments.
IT environments are becoming increasingly heterogeneous with a combination of virtual appliances, physical appliances, and traditional software. Because Arkeia deployment interfaces are consistent, agents require no modifications if backup servers are migrated across deployment modes. This allows companies to deploy backup servers in one mode today, and migrate to other deployment modes in the future. Similarly, backup sets can be replicated from any backup server deployment to an Arkeia Virtual Appliance or vice-versa.
The new Arkeia VMware ESX Agent is installed on an ESX hypervisor and allows backup of one or several virtual machines on that physical computer, regardless of the operating system or the application running in the virtual machines. The Arkeia VMware ESX Agent leverages the VMware ESX snapshot mechanism.
Other features in version 8 include an enhanced graphical user interface, expanded reporting capabilities, simplified tape library management, wiki-based documentation, and delivery platform updates. Arkeia Network Backup 8 is currently in beta test, and is expected to become generally available in March, 2009. Pricing for the virtual appliance deployment with three bundled backup agents begins at $2,000.