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Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct (which begins at $175 per month and was called "Zetta Data Protection" until July 2017) offers users a refreshingly powerful and easy-to-use product that specializes in data safety and Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS). The basic plan boasts 500 GB of cloud storage, unlimited servers, and support for Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, and Hyper-V as well as NetApp and VMware. While Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct is predominantly a Windows solution, it does offer limited Apple OS X and Linux support. Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct has also had its user experience (UX) polished so it will work well as a day-to-day cloud backup service even for small to midsize businesses (SMBs). This is true to such an extent that it wins our Editors’ Choice award in this category, though it still comes in behind Editors’ Choice winner Microsoft Azure Site Recovery in the DRaaS space.


For companies needing more than the 500 GB of storage, the company will produce a customized quote for your environment. If it’s important to test the business continuity capabilities, then be sure to ask for it during the quote or trial signup process since it is not available by default and requires additional configuration. Also, the company levies an additional monthly fee per virtual machine (VM) and daily spin-up charge when a VM is running. A free 15-day trial is available on its website. Getting Started With Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct

Setting up Zetta Mirror, the client software, is painless. After a brief sign-up process on the website, versions for the various supported operating systems (OSes) become available for download. Once the client is acquired, installation is as simple as running the setup package and providing user credentials. Managing the system is handled entirely through the web user interface (UI) so, once Zetta Mirror is installed, it’s not necessary to touch the source system again (except in certain recovery scenarios). Systems are organized in an accordion-style layout. By clicking on the system you want to manage, it expands to reveal additional details and options for scheduling new jobs or editing existing ones.

Under each system, job tasks are listed in order of execution. In addition, a variety of backup tasks—including Windows Image and System State files as well as instances of back-end business applications such as Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server—all can be added with the click of a single button. If you need more control, you can configure client-side scripts to execute both before and after backups.

Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct takes security seriously. Data is secured in transit by using encrypted protocols to protect against eavesdropping. All backups are also protected at rest by strong AES-256 bit encryption. As an added bonus, Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct only uses data centers that are SAS 70 Type II- or SSAE 16 SOC2-compliant, which reflect best practices for administration operations. Combine this with Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct’s compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and Sarbanes–Oxley (SOX) requirements, and it’s clear to see why businesses can feel safe using this product. The only option not currently available are user controller encryption keys, which would put control of encryption entirely in the hands of the business; this is something you’ll find in competitor SpiderOak Groups .

The first thing I noticed when executing a backup was how fast it was. Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct utilizes exceptional compression and sends only the differences in the data set. My series of test backups hovered between a 70-percent and an 80-percent compression ratio. As a result, an initial seeding of 100 GB of data took a little under eight hours on a less-than-optimal, 5-Mbps connection. Restoring an image was equally as fast, if not faster, in many cases. Users should not take this for granted, however. A fast internet connection is always best when it comes to backing up to the cloud and mileage will always vary with compression.

When we originally reviewed Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct (then called "Zetta Data Protection"), the solution was focused almost exclusively on Microsoft products. However, the company has recently expanded its product to better service operating systems (OSes) other than Windows. While the Mac OS and Linux client are file backup only, business continuity features are available for virtualized Linux systems. For businesses that tend toward virtualizing their servers, this is good news. It’s worth noting that this applies primarily to VMWare VMs hosted on a VMware ESXi platform. For Microsoft shops, the Hyper-V plug-in is still the best option.

Another appealing ability of Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct is that it can back up network-mounted volumes. This opens the door to safeguarding third-party storage solutions. This is good news for those turned off by similar solutions that focus only on replicating virtualized systems. Any network attached storage (NAS) device accessible through a Windows OS is fair game with Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct.

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