By Ann Silverthorn
—This week, Dell began offering integration of Symantec's continuous data protection (CDP) software with its servers, storage, and services for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The value to SMBs is the integration of the software and hardware, plus "holistic" support of the combined solution, according to Dell officials.
Dell has been reselling Symantec's software products to its large enterprise customers for several years. It is now delivering the data-recovery capabilities of Symantec Backup Exec 10d and the Symantec Backup Exec Continuous Protection Server Suite to SMBs. The software suite also includes Storage Exec QuickStart, an automated storage management tool.
Backup Exec 10d includes CDP functionality that allows users to recover to any-point-in-time (APIT) with near-continuous disk-to-disk backup/recovery, taking advantage of the speed that disk provides. Users can then back up to tape for longer-term storage. The CDP software is available on a range of Dell disk arrays, such as the PowerVault 220 and Dell/EMC AX100.
SMBs often have limited IT staffs, yet are faced with many of the same mission-critical business issue as larger enterprises. To assist SMBs, Dell can design and deploy integrated CDP solutions and also provide first- and second-level support for both the hardware and software. Third-level support for the Symantec software is bridged to Symantec help desks.
Dell offers the Symantec Backup Exec Continuous Protection Server Suite with Symantec Backup Exec 10d and Storage for $699.