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UnixReview: Arkeia Corporation's Arkeia, Version 5.0.16 [Review]

Apr 04, 2003, 08:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

"Backups remain one of the most mundane tasks in the systems administrator's list of duties. For the most part, there's nothing exciting about the process and the excitement that does occasionally follow (restoring that lost file) is something we would all like to avoid. Nevertheless, backups are an absolute necessity. Having a reliable process that makes it easy to recover lost information is the only way to make friends when the inevitable happens. After all, it isn't a question of whether you backed up, but whether you can restore.

"With this view of the backup and restore life, I decided to look at Arkeia Corporation (formerly Knox Software) flagship product, Arkeia (version 5.0.16). With an ultra-modern graphical user interface, Arkeia looks like it is capable of far more than mere backups, but that is indeed its job.

"Before I share my Arkeia experience with you, I'd like to say that Arkeia makes it relatively easy to take their product out for a test drive. For starters, a full-featured download is available from the Web site, which should work fine on your single SCSI tape drive system. Why, you might wonder, have I emphasized single SCSI tape drives? Well, Arkeia also supports robotic tape libraries or jukeboxes as they are sometimes called. Should you wish to try Arkeia with one of these units, you will need to contact Arkeia for a special evaluation license..."

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