I want to start off by saying that we are very satisfied with what we have for our CA ArcServe Backup solution so far. We currently use CA ArcServe Backup for Windows r15 with the CA ArcServe Tape Library Module and it's working great for the configuration we have given it.
Suffice it to say it's getting confusing determining which products are components that are simply added to the CA ArceServe Backup application and which products are completely separate applications and which components require which applications. We have CA ArcServe Backup for Windows r15 and the Tape Library Module. We're trying to address the following questions and variables and really aren't sure what components we need for expanding our ArcServe Backup solution:
- We're wanting to back up to disk throughout the week, then back those backups to tape on the weekend. As of now, we simply back up directly to tape on the weekends. Given that we have CA ArcServe Backup for Windows r15 and the CA ArcServe Tape Library Module, is it possible for us to back up to hard disk as is?
- We also want to back up our VMWare virtual machines in the same way: Back up the VM's to disk throughout the week, then back up those backups to tape on the weekend.
- We also want to back up our SQL databases in the same way: Back up SQL's to disk throughout the week, then back those backups to tape on the weekend.
I've seen something in the CA literature about D2D, and then also D2D2T. Would we need those given what I've explained? As well, I wasn't sure if we could get the functionality of backing up VM's with a simple module purchase or if that requires us to buy CA ArcServe Central Management application? And somewhere in there I think is a SQL module, but what does that give us above what can be accomplished by using SQL's built-in maintenance plans and just backing up those .bak files?
Any insight someone can offer to this is greatly appreciated. Thanks all! :)