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HOW TO PROTECT AN ARCSERVE UDP DATASTORE USING ARCSERVE BACKUP AND STARWIND VIRTUAL TAPE LIBRARY

Updated: Feb 19


Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP) is a next-generation backup solution that can be used by businesses to protect all manners of systems & data using frequent infinite incremental backups to a highly deduplicated datastore. The UDP Datastore can contain multiple system recovery points, hourly, daily, weekly, monthly etc all condensed into a relatively small footprint. It is not uncommon to see deduplication & compression offer in excess of 90% reduction in storage. So if the UDP Datastore contains so much valuable, long term data – how can it be protected itself?


Arcserve offer numerous ways to protect UDP Datastore data. The most obvious is to replicate data to a 2nd or 3rd UDP Datastore. You can deploy multiple UDP datastores that can replicate backup data to each other using a Global Deduplication protocol that dramatically reduces network transfer traffic. Alternatively, and particularly if very long term retention is required, it is desirable to backup data to Tape, or Virtual Tape (such as StarWind VTL). Arcserve Backup integrates seamlessly with Arcserve UDP to provide multiple ways of leveraging tape for long term, air gapped protection of UDP Data.



I have created 3 short videos demoing 3 approaches for backing up UDP data to tape. I actually use StarWind VTL which offers excellent compatibility along with the automated archive of Virtual Tapes to “Cloud” and lifecycle management (e.g. local storage to S3 to Glacier etc.).


Part 1 – Setup of StarWind VTL, Cloud Replication and a simple backup using Arcserve Backup


Part 2 – Full UDP Datastore Backup to StarWind VTL (this video) . Also shows the restoration process.


Part 3 – Incremental UDP Datastore Backup to StarWind VTL.

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