Symantec releases faster next-gen NetBackup, Backup Exec software

Upgrades all about faster backups, snapshot management, eDiscovery and cloud storage.

By , Computerworld |  Storage, Backup & Recovery, cloud storage

The company also announced Backup Exec 2010 Small Business Edition, which allows firms with one to three servers to set up and execute backups in three steps.

Backup Exec Small Business Edition offers a simplified management interface that brings backup and data recovery under one console with a single license.

Symantec's new Backup Exec.cloud offering is a new software-as-a-service offering that allows business to set up cloud storage. "This is a cloud-based backup for customers who may not have IT expertise," Fisher said.

Symantec also offers Backup Exec 2012 users the option of using a cloud disaster recovery service from Doyenz Inc. .

The Doyenz DR option allows users to leverage cloud recovery for planned and unplanned system recovery in the cloud. The service will initially be available in the United States and will focus on rapid recovery for VMware environments.

A new Backup Exec 3600 appliance is described as an all-in-one product that comes with 5.5 TB of usable disk storage that is set up to backup an unlimited number of servers and applications, whether physical or virtual.

NetBackup 7.5

Like Backup Exec 2012, NetBackup 7.5 includes Symantec's new V-Ray feature, which allows storage administrators to consolidate the backup console's view of VMware and Hyper V virtual machines.

The update adds a new feature called Virtual Machine Intelligent Policy (VIP) that can automatically detect and back up new, moved, or cloned virtual machines, using deduplication to reduce the amount of data stored. Again, physical machines can be added to the virtual machine backups.

Symantec said a new NetBackup 7.5 feature called Accelerator can vastly speed backup times by using snapshots instead of full backups to protect data.

The NetBackup Accelerator feature works by backing up only incremental file changes; those incremental file changes are then also deduplicated to further reduce network traffic. When Accelerator is used to recover data, it has an index that allows it to quickly restore single documents or files.

"We keep track of the files that have changed and the blocks that have changed within those files. So when we do a backup, we know exactly what blocks to back up and where they are," said George Winter, a technical product manager for Symantec. "Relying on backup guys to be system integrators who glue dedupe with disk backup with VMware is a broken model."

The update also includes the NetBackup Replication Director tool than can integrate NetApp Snapshot copies and replication, and NetBackup Search, which lets users fill eDiscovery requests on backup data as well as create a selective legal hold on that data.


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