CA Technology says that it is now developing its ARCserve backup and recovery software in combination with Microsoft in order to turn it into a cloud-based SaaS offering when Microsoft Azure hits the market later this year. The idea behind the ARCserve SaaS plan is to bring consumers both an online and offline ability to store and recover data, all managed under the safe software platform, which is stored on the Azure cloud.
Storage and recovery are two of the most important concerns for businesses making the jump to the cloud, and CA is planning to make its new offering use 128, 192 and 256-bit AES in order to maximize the security of data that is backed up on the cloud. In addition, the ARCserve SaaS will also allow users to take a snapshot of their disks and store them at a local level. This means that if a small failure occurs, a company can easily grab their snapshot and get back to business. If something more catastrophic occurs, a company can rest easy knowing their data is also stored on the cloud.
The technology won’t be available directly from CA, but rather from the company’s indirect sales partners, each of which will get recurring revenue from selling the service. Fortunately, any instance of the product purchased will come with access to the cloud, and CA will handle the costs of access of provisioning. The plan is to release the product in the second half of the 2011 year, followed by another, more cloud-focused ARCserve version that will allow great cloud functionality. Though it is not yet available, the ARCserve SaaS concept sounds like a winner, and in combination with Azure, may offer companies just what they need.