CA spins out Arcserve backup and data protection division

CA spins out Arcserve to launch as a standalone midrange backup and data protection products company

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.

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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