Symantec bolsters storage and backup solutions with new launches

Symantec has launched new versions of its NetBackup and Backup Exec storage solutions.

With NetBackup 7, Symantec said that it is delivering on its data de-duplication everywhere strategy to help organisations reduce overall storage consumption in physical and virtual environments. According to the company, by integrating de-duplication closer to the data source at the client, NetBackup increases the speed and efficiency of backups in remote offices, data centres and virtual environments and reduces network traffic by up to 90 per cent.

To help customers centrally manage their data protection environments and provide a single view of their backup and recovery operation, NetBackup 7 introduces a built-in reporting and management console called OpsCenter.

This new console standardises monitoring and reporting of both backup and archive information for key Symantec products including NetBackup, NetBackup PureDisk, Backup Exec and Enterprise Vault.

Brian Dye, vice president of product management for enterprise information management at Symantec, said: “IT administrators are making backup and recovery a high priority in 2010-1 to help manage growing data stores and reduce complexity as they add virtual servers into their IT environments. NetBackup 7 helps organisations manage those challenges by protecting both physical and virtual servers with one solution, reducing storage through de-duplication and providing lightening fast recovery speeds.”

Symantec also said that its Backup Exec 2010 delivers on its data de-duplication everywhere strategy, and offers a flexible approach to eliminating duplicate data without adding complexity.

Backup Exec 2010 offers integrated de-duplication technology at the client/source and media server, in addition to integrating with third-party de-duplication appliances through the Symantec OpenStorage API.

Backup Exec 2010 will also allow organisations to automate de-duplicating backup sets from one media server to another over a WAN to reduce data across larger distributed environments, such as remote offices for disaster recovery purposes. With integrated de-duplication, smaller remote offices can now replace local tape-based backup with an off-site backup plan that targets a central Backup Exec media server or central NetBackup PureDisk environment, minimally impacting the network.

It also integrates two new archive options to provide unified backup and archiving for Windows file systems and Exchange environments by archiving data from the backup copy, rather than separately pulling data from the source.

Pat Hanavan, vice president of the Symantec information management group, said: “Organisations of all sizes are struggling to effectively manage information growth, particularly as they leverage virtualisation technologies, creating new backup and recovery complexities.

“De-duplication and archiving have primarily been enterprise-class technologies, but Backup Exec 2010 brings them to the masses to solve difficult IT challenges in an extremely simple and easy to use solution.”

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