CA updates backup software

After completing beta testing with more than 1,500 customers, Computer Associates International on Monday released the ninth version of its backup software.

New to BrightStor ARCserver Backup are an enhanced user interface, DVD-RW support, a scheduling feature, and the ability to back up to disk.

The new version received a user interface overhaul and, by the company's estimations, the software could be installed and a backup configured and run in less than 20 minutes by 80 percent of the testers recruited, according to David Liff, vice president of product management at CA, in Islandia, N.Y.

"We recruited testers of all skill types to test the product," said Liff. "On average, users were able to install the software and run a backup within 20 minutes.

Another notable addition to the product allows storage administrators to select which network interface card to use for a backup. This will prevent a backup or restore from consuming bandwidth for regular storage traffic, explained Liff.

Additionally, Version 9 allows backup to disk, support for DVD-RW, and a new scheduling feature.

This latest version of BrightStor ARCserver Backup is exclusively for the Windows operating system; Windows is the first of three operating systems that CA plans to support, according to the company.

Liff explained that a version will be ready for the NetWare operating system within a month and a Linux version will follow a month after.

The new version is available immediately and, according to internal tests, the product runs 15 percent to 20 percent faster than the previous version.

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