Symantec Simplifies Information Management for Enterprise Organizations with NetBackup 7

NetBackup enables deduplication everywhere, adds virtual machine protection, integrates replication for faster disaster recovery in a single, unified platform

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Symantec Corp. has released NetBackup 7 to help enterprise-level organizations protect, store, and recover information with greater efficiency and reliability through a single, unified platform. This release enables organizations to simplify information management while reducing data stores and network traffic by integrating deduplication everywhere -- at the client, media server, and on third-party hardware appliances, reducing overall costs.

NetBackup also delivers complete virtual machine protection to increase backup and recovery speeds of data within virtual environments and adds new backup replication for fast, cost-effective disaster recovery.

NetBackup 7 helps organizations reduce overall storage consumption in physical and virtual environments by adding data deduplication technology into the backup client and at the media server. By integrating deduplication closer to the data source at the client, NetBackup increases the speed and efficiency of backups in remote offices, data centers, and virtual environments and reduces network traffic by up to 90 percent. Deduplication built into the backup client eliminates the need for additional specialized hardware and configuration since customers just need to upgrade to the latest version to realize dramatic storage savings.

NetBackup also helps enterprises better leverage third-party storage appliances from hardware partners through the Symantec OpenStorage Technology (OST) program. According to Symantec’s 2010 State of the Data Center report, 62 percent of survey respondents said deduplication should be both built-in to backup software and implemented in deduplication appliances. Integration with NetBackup through OST allows organizations to also leverage deduplication hardware from a wide range of partners, including Quantum, ExaGrid Systems, and FalconStor.

Simple, Complete Virtual Machine Protection

As the adoption of virtual technologies increases, so do backup challenges and complexities. NetBackup simplifies virtual server data protection by standardizing backup of Hyper-V and VMware, increasing the backup speed of virtual environments through both deduplication and block-level incremental backup technology, and delivering efficient single file-restore capabilities.

In the 2010 State of the Data Center survey, organizations cited granular recovery within virtual machine images as the biggest challenge in virtual machine data protection. NetBackup 7 delivers instant file recovery from a block-level incremental backup for VMware vSphere environments and easy recovery of an individual file or folder from an image-level backup of a Hyper-V virtual machine.

By leveraging NetBackup’s deduplication and incremental backup technology within virtual environments, organizations can increase the speed of backups while reducing storage for virtual machine backups up to 95 percent. NetBackup also enables IT administrators to reduce the impact of backup operations on virtual machines by using off-host for Hyper-V and block-level backup technologies for VMware.

Improving Disaster Recovery with Integrated Replication

Newly integrated replication technology within the NetBackup platform allows organizations to transfer up to 95 percent less data between various locations. This helps ensure quick and easy recovery of applications and backup data anywhere and at any time, reducing costs and management cycles associated with tape-based disaster recovery. NetBackup also adds backup catalog replication as a standard feature within the main console, which further simplifies and streamlines disaster recovery.

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 standardizes monitoring and reporting of both backup and archive information for key Symantec products including NetBackup, NetBackup PureDisk, Backup Exec, and Enterprise Vault. Organizations can also leverage advanced analytical features and report on third party backup products using OpsCenter Analytics. This combined functionality allows organizations to reduce disaster recovery risks across locations and standardize how they view both backup and archive information.

Availability and Pricing

Symantec NetBackup 7 carries a suggested price of $7,995 USD for an Enterprise Server and five client licenses.

More information is available at www.symantec.com.