CA spins out Arcserve backup and data protection division

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CA spins out Arcserve backup and data protection division

Antony Adshead

CA has spun out its Arcserve mid-market backup and data protection business in a move financed by Silicon Valley invester Marlin Equity.

The move will see all CA’s SME-focussed backup and data protection products marketed by the new Arcserve company. These include Arcserve Backup, High Availability and the Unified Data Protection (UDP) product bundle launched in May.

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CA will retain its Backup and Restore mainframe backup product. This is in line with the thinking behind the spin-out which is for CA to concentrate on its core enterprise-scale customers and products while offloading the midrange data protection products in the Arcserve portfolio.

Chris Ross, vice-president for worldwide sales at Arcserve said: “CA is focussing on its core areas and data protection is not core to that strategy and has a different – distribution plus reseller – channel to market compared to the rest of CA.”

Ross said Arcserve would focus on the mid-market, and organisations of up to 1,000 users. He added that the 43,000 existing Arcserve customers “should experience a seamless transition” as the company changes ownership, with support remaining in place as it is now.

Arcserve is one of a number of midrange backup software products that have evolved to incorporate integrated virtual machine backup and use of the cloud as a backup target.

In May CA launched UDP, which gathers together backup, virtual machine backup, replication and high availability products with a single interface and workflow-oriented data protection management.

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