NetBackup Search allows administrators to search backup data to determine what files are relavant for future regulatory retention or legal hold requests; that way only data relevant to those requests is saved in an archive and the remaining data can be erased or put into offline archives.
"What we expect to do is allow people to move copies of relavent data into an archive [according to policies set up by legal teams] and give lawyers themselves the service to those archives," Regan said.
"They're allowing you to kick off snapshots much more efficiently and also to leverage that process to do things like eDiscovery for legal holds," Amatruda said. "The difference [from the NetBackup 7] is that they're capturing all that log file and index information they and have the ability to index that data in order to restore it more efficiently."
Symantec said NetBackup 7.5's Replication Director option allows a central console view to backup and recovery for hundreds of storage system level replicated snapshots. Replication Director leverages the API in Symantec's OpenStorage interface that can tie into NetApp's snapshot copies and replication (through SnapVault and SnapMirror features) for end-to-end management and recovery.
By consolidating data snapshot and replication management into the backup interface, administrators can replicate data and use it to perform searches and single file recovery from any snapshot copy.
Symantec NetBackup 7.5 will be generally available for purchase in spring 2012 through Symantec's worldwide network of value-added authorized resellers, distributors and systems integrators or directly.
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