Symantec Updates NetBackup Platform

Extends recovery capabilities for Microsoft and virtual environments; enhanced deduplication reduces costs, improves manageability

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Symantec Corp. has updated it NetBackup Platform to help organizations improve operational and storage efficiencies across physical and virtual environments. NetBac;kup provides quick recovery of information and reduces overall complexity by uniting next generation information management technologies for disk backup, data deduplication, virtual machine protection, continuous data protection (CDP), and replication in the heterogeneous enterprise data center.

The latest version of NetBackup delivers efficient single file restoration for virtual machines for both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware, including vSphere, by allowing organizations to restore virtual machine information directly from disk or tape without using additional storage. NetBackup also allows organizations to restore data quicker and in fewer storage and server cycles by providing the ability to restore any file from within a single virtual machine image.

NetBackup extends its support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008, achieving “Certified for Windows 2008” status. New Windows features include Symantec’s Granular Recovery Technology for SharePoint and Active Directory to allow object-level recovery from a single-pass backup and provide organizations with rapid recovery of Windows Servers.

Veritas Backup Reporter adds reporting for Enterprise Vault to provide a single view of both backup and archiving activities, such as identifying the quantity of archived data by business unit or geography. This provides simplified operations and better predictions of storage consumption, making Backup Reporter the first and only heterogeneous reporting solution to unify reporting across backup and archive.

Symantec also delivers new benefits for organizations using data deduplication from third-party storage appliances through its OpenStorage API. New OpenStorage features enable faster recovery from disk at replicated sites and faster backup to deduplication appliances using less bandwidth through a “virtual synthetics” feature, allowing customers to conduct incremental backups on a daily basis and instantly re-synthesize full backups on supported appliances for duplication to tape. Organizations can send fewer full backups to their backup servers and storage to save time and bandwidth.

NetBackup 6.5.4 is available now at a suggested starting price of $5,000 USD per server.

Veritas Backup Reporter 6.6 is available now at a suggested starting price of $178 USD per client for backup data and $5.19 USD per Exchange mailbox for Enterprise Vault reporting

The next release of NetBackup PureDisk, scheduled for release later this year, will require 50 percent less server hardware by expanding backup data storage to 16TB per backup server. This will enable organizations to lower their storage cost by deduplicating more backup data -- up to 160 TB -- with one PureDisk server. PureDisk now stores up to 8 times more data than source-based deduplication competitors on comparable server hardware. The new release will also improve deduplication for VMware image files (VMDKs) to reduce virtual backup storage requirements by up to 90 percent versus previous versions.

More information can be found at www.symantec.com.