The review, commissioned by CA Technologies, carefully examined the capabilities of CA ARCserve and CommVault Simpana around image-based backup, file-based backup, replication/high availability and usability.
“CA ARCserve r16 is the clear winner of this review,” said Barry Nance, president of Network Testing Labs, who has evaluated thousands of hardware and software products for publications like Computerworld, BYTE Magazine, Government Computer News, PC Magazine, Network Computing, and Network World. “It is our choice as the better answer for organizations needing quality backup/restore as well as maximum high availability and replication.”
• Unlike Commvault’s SnapProtect, CA ARCserve’s image-based backup functionality was “easy to install, a breeze to use, relatively inexpensive to buy and highly protective of your data,” according to the reviewer.
• In evaluating synthetic backup capabilities, the reviewer noted that “Simpana users must periodically create a new full backup,” while CA ARCserve’s Infinite Incremental (I2 Technology™) “does not have this limitation” thereby helping reduce storage requirements and costs.
• CA ARCserve was 37 percent faster than Simpana to restore data and resume an online transaction processing business application in the testing scenario. Additionally, the review highlighted CA ARCserve’s Virtual Standby feature, which further speeds the recovery of data and services, a capability not found in Simpana.
• In file-based backup functionality, CA ARCserve topped Simpana “in its reporting, its infrastructure visualization and its central management console.” The reviewer also said, “Simpana 9 exhibits a modicum of SRM capability. In stark contrast, CA ARCserve’s topology map clearly and intuitively displays a customer's infrastructure.”
• For businesses that have mission-critical Microsoft® Windows®, Linux® or UNIX® servers and applications, CA ARCserve provides high availability with continuous real-time replication, system and application monitoring, automatic and pushbutton failover and push-button failback. The reviewer noted that although Simpana offers basic replication, “it lacks CA ARCserve’s feature-rich, mature ability to replicate, monitor and automatically fail over critical servers.”
“For data protection, customers are increasingly turning to vendors who can provide reasonably priced solutions that are not only feature-complete, but also high-performing,” said Steve Fairbanks, vice president, Data Management, CA Technologies. “This latest review by NTL effectively demonstrates both the broad functionality and superior performance of CA ARCserve, which provides comprehensive data protection valued in a way that aligns with the needs of the business.”
The review follows a similar study commissioned by CA Technologies in which CA ARCserve r16 outperformed the newest version of Symantec™ Backup Exec™ 2012 in every testing category.
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