We recently introduced the new release of our award-winning Arcserve UDP software, so we think it’s the perfect time to provide a high level comparison between it and Company Vm’s recent V9 release.

Starting with one of the biggest differentiators is choice – we give our customers choice in how to consume Arcserve technology with a variety of integrated offerings, including software, appliances and a DRaaS cloud. We also offer the option of a High Availability (HA) module within Arcserve UDP, which means zero or very close to zero data loss (Recovery point objective =0), and with failover, virtually no time needed for recovery (Recovery Time Objective =0)

In contrast, Company Vm only offers software and cloud partnerships. It doesn’t support physical servers, nor does it offer appliances. Also, the company positions itself as providing “always on” capabilities, however it seems that their definition of availability means getting data back in 15 minutes. We hate to point out the obvious, but this isn’t High Availability, and it certainly isn’t “always on.”

In terms of eliminating redundant data through deduplication, here are the facts (please check recent blog posts on this topic for more details):

  • Arcserve UDP incorporates true, source-side global deduplication, where the deduplication domain is at the backup server (RPS) storage level.
  • Using Arcserve UDP, all physical and virtual sources will be included in the same deduplication domain, including physical Linux nodes.
  • Real life customer results have been astounding, showing a reduction in storage of 500 TBs to less than 13.4 TBs on a backup disk (that’s a 97.3% decrease)! This means a smaller storage footprint and much lower costs.

Company Vm….not so much:

  • Company Vm’s deduplication is across a single backup job; hence they recommend an “add-on” Purpose-Built Backup Appliance. Can you hear this noise? Yes, it’s your budget being siphoned off…
  • Company Vm is focused on third-party storage vendors (HP and Data Domain) to assist in reducing backup storage. Makes sense, if your technology can’t do it, have the hardware guys do it. It’s your money, remember…

In the case of Instant Virtual Machines, we offer more capabilities and recently won three best virtualization solution awards at VMworld – an interesting fact given that Company Vm focuses almost exclusively on virtual environments (whereby we specialize in recovery of all environments). Nevertheless, here a few facts:

  • Company Vm offers Instant VM capability. Arcserve offers Virtual Standby Machines and now Instant VM and Instant Bare Metal Restore (we’ll cover this in another post).
  • We introduced Instant VM in the latest release of Arcserve UDP. Like Company Vm’s v9 release, Arcserve UDP offers vPower Cache functionality, however Arcserve UDP can also support instant VM restore across hypervisors.
  • Unlike Company Vm, Arcserve UDP can instantly restore a VMware VM onto Hyper-V, and vice versa, while also protecting physical machines and enabling instant VM recovery of a physical node (P2V). It’s evident that instant VM in Arcserve UDP offers more bang for its buck.

We mentioned awards, here’s more detail: Arcserve UDP won not one, but three Best of VMworld awards last year. The first was for the Best BC/DR Solution for Virtualized Environments in San Francisco, followed by the Best BC/DR Project and Best of Show in Barcelona. We’re very proud of our achievements, but the best reward is to see our happy customers and the increasing number of businesses switching from the other company’s solution to Arcserve UDP.

Want to know more? In the next post, we will keep comparing these solutions. Stay tuned!