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CA removes storage administration headaches

Computer Assoicaties has released a beta version of BrightStor ARCserve Backup touting enhanced automation and a simplified user interface.

Computer Associates (CA) is easing the administration of corporate storage environments with an upgrade to its BrightStor backup software. The vendor has released a beta version of BrightStor ARCserve Backup, touting enhanced automation and a simplified user interface.“CA’s BrightStor ARCserve is one of the most widely used backup technologies in the region, and enjoys a broad user base. Users will realise increased benefit from the new version, with its enhanced product features, automation and simplified interface,” comments Laeeq Naqvi, director, Storage Solutions Business Unit, CA Middle East.CA has focused heavily on improving the ease of management by redesigning the GUI. Almost every aspect of the product’s operations has been reengineered, including product installation and registration procedures. CA claims that early usability tests indicate that 80% of inexperienced users can perform their first data backup within 20 minutes of opening the product packaging.Version 9.0 lessens the workload storage administrators by allowing them to automate a full range of routine tasks, including drive cleaning and database maintenance, in the same manner as they currently schedule routine backups. By allowing such tasks to be scheduled from a common interface — regardless of operating system — BrightStor ARCserve Backup 9.0 will be a boon to IT departments attempting to manage more resources without increasing their administrative payrolls.In addition to its administrative enhancements, BrightStor ARCserve Backup 9.0 minimises the impact of backup processes on enterprise networks by allowing technicians to specify separate network paths for backup data. Isolating massive data movement from transactional business data using traditional TCP technology enables customers to cost effectively reduce the impact of backups from their business.

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