[ngw] OT: Arkeia backup

Simon Shilton Simon.Shilton at acustica.co.uk
Tue Apr 27 16:49:50 UTC 2010

I have used them for the past 3 years in a small network on a SLES10 host, with a Dell PV 136T LTO3 library, backing up SLES10, OES1 Linux, OES2 Linux, NW 6.5, GW7 then 8 and Windows Server 2003 boxes.
We ran Reload against GW, and backed up the Reload "current" with Arkeia
only had a couple of problems, and found the support to be very good, but never used them by phone, always by the web ticket system
can't compare to SEP as I haven't used it, but the only feature I missed compared to BEX was moving multiple tapes at once around the library, it has to be one at a time, which can be dull, but as it is about 10% of the price of BEX I figured I could live with it :-)
They have gone from v6 to v8 over the past 3 years, and from a X windows gui to a browser management tool, and I would say it has been robust and straightforward, just needed a little rethinking to get my head around how they setup jobs, and how you get tapes registered into the system
biggest recommendation if you go for it, is either put / on a big disk, or put /opt/arkeia on its own big partition as it got real ugly when the database filled up root ! that was fun........
supports disk-to-disk-to-tape or disk-to-tape, supports VMware, and NSS on Linux for OES2. The NW agent is old and isn't being updated, so we virtualized it onto VMware and backed up the VM :-)
Overall, I like it and would recommend it.

>>> On 27 April 2010 at 16:38, in message <x2m17e087af1004270838vc31560f3h50fe19f07c77c4d2 at mail.gmail.com>, Travis Smith <ts0384 at gmail.com> wrote:

On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 9:16 AM, Joseph Marton <jmmarton at gmail.com> wrote:
> Has anyone ever heard of or used Arkeia backup for NW, GW, etc?  Just
> had a Google alert this morning that they now apparently support OES2,
> including GW, eDir, and iFolder running on OES2 all using native SMS.
> Wonder how it compares to SEP SESAM.
> http://it.tmcnet.com/news/2010/04/19/4737387.htm
> Joe

I haven't used them but I was curious so I got a quote for my small
environment. $600 for GroupWise Agent, $700 for Netware Agaent, $250
for linux Agent, and $1300 for the starter pack which includes: Linux
Network backup server ( I assume they mean 1 license) 1TB Virtual Tape
Library Management for d2d backup, 3 Windows Server agents. Perpetual
licensing and 20% for educational institutes and 40% off if you get
annual licensing scheme.

Here is there Novell support description... http://www.arkeia.com/novell

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