by Lyle Smith

WD Teams With Arkeia Software Solutions to Expand Its SMB Storage Product Portfolio

WD has announced the expansion of its small- and medium-sized businesses product portfolio with the addition of network backup software and appliances from Arkeia Software, a privately held data protection company recently acquired by WD. The acquisition of Arkeia Software was completed through a merger transaction, which encompassed all of their employees, technology and products. Additionally, WD announced that Arkeia Network Backup version 10.0 software is now generally available.

Arkeia's software, appliances, and virtual appliances back up data to disk, tape and cloud storage. With its patented Progressive Deduplication technology, it speeds up the hybrid-cloud backup process by reducing the bandwidth necessary to replicate backup sets over wide area networks.

Arkeia Network Backup v10.0 enables hybrid cloud backups by allowing administrators to combine physical media and Internet transport to replicate backup sets to or from remote cloud storage. With Arkeia's advanced Progressive Deduplication technology, Arkeia Network Backup v10.0 allows SMBs to protect large data volumes in the cloud without suffering high monthly bandwidth charges. With this method, Arkeia makes it practical to replicate backup sets from a LAN to remote cloud storage for an inexpensive, tape-free alternative to off-site backup and recovery.