Deduplication Helps Mid-Sized Businesses Manage Data in Symantec’s Backup Exec 2010

Backup Exec 2010 helps enterprises reduce storage costs, manage backup and recovery across physical, virtual environments

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Symantec Corp. has released Backup Exec 2010 to help mid-sized businesses save time and money by protecting more data and utilizing less storage. Backup Exec 2010 offers fully integrated data deduplication and archiving technologies and offers granular recovery of Microsoft Exchange, SQL and Active Directory in VMware and Hyper-V environments from a single pass backup.

The newest version of Backup Exec also adds support for Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, Hyper-V R2, Exchange 2010, Windows 7, and VMware vSphere 4.0.

As data volumes grow, more data is at risk and the disaster recovery process runs slower. As much as 70 percent of data is duplicate data and has not been accessed in more than 90 days. Organizations that implement an integrated deduplication and archiving solution can realize up to 40 percent savings in storage costs and easily find and recover their critical information when they need it.

As part of Symantec’s deduplication strategy, Backup Exec 2010 offers a flexible approach to eliminating duplicate data without adding complexity. Backup Exec offers integrated deduplication technology at the client/source and media server, in addition to integrating with third-party deduplication appliances through the Symantec OpenStorage Technology (OST) program.

Deduplication allows organizations to dramatically reduce backup storage costs by consolidating and re-using existing storage resources, and client-side deduplication minimizes backup windows and reduces network utilization by up to 90 percent. Deploying Backup Exec deduplication technology is a simple three-step process that does not require an additional point product: install the deduplication option, define the deduplication storage location, and then target the backups to that location.

Backup Exec 2010 allows organizations to easily automate deduplicating 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 deduplication, smaller remote offices will be able to 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.

Unified Archiving

Backup Exec 2010 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. Powered by Symantec Enterprise Vault archiving technology, administrators can easily and more efficiently manage their data lifecycles by setting automated retention periods to migrate older, less critical data over time to less expensive storage environments. The archive options help optimize Exchange and File Server performance by eliminating redundant data at the server to further free up storage space, keep storage at predictable levels and reduce backup windows.

Backup Exec 2010 delivers granular recovery for virtual Microsoft applications from a single pass backup. This technology enables organizations to reduce business downtime by recovering granular data from Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and Active Directory in VMware vSphere 4.0, VMware ESX or Microsoft Hyper-V R2 virtual environments in just seconds. Administrators can restore or redirect an entire application or recover individual e-mails, mailboxes, or file/folders quickly from inside a guest machine -- from a single system backup. Deduplication can also be applied to VMware and Hyper-V client backups to further reduce and consolidate storage resources.

Availability and Pricing

Symantec Backup Exec 2010 has a suggested price of $1,174 USD for a media server license and basic maintenance. The two new Backup Exec 2010 Suites that include deduplication and archiving options have a suggested price of $2,708 to $3,888 USD with basic maintenance.

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