Symantec NetBackup 7.6 Supercharges VM Restores

By Pedro Hernandez

Symantec has released an upgrade to its enterprise backup solution that promises blindingly fast virtual machine restores, a key part of protecting data for organizations embarking on cloud-enabled, software-defined data center initiatives.

According to the company, NetBackup 7.6 provides "400x faster recovery of VMware vSphere virtual machines (VMs) by booting directly from backup storage," slashing hours, perhaps days, from traditional restore processes. The Instant Recovery for VMware feature allows customers to turn on VMs from within the product, "making them 100 percent available in vSphere during the restore," claims Symantec.

Other virtualization-friendly features include NetBackup Accelerator for VMware, which integrates with VMware's Changed Block Tracking tech to provide automated backups of VMs. By eliminating the need for full VM backups, the system safeguards data at a rate 35 times faster than traditional methods.

IT administrators that run NetApp infrastructures will have more time on their hands. Symantec claims that such organizations can leverage NetBackup Replication Director for VMware and NetApp's array-based snapshots "to protect 300 virtual machines in 300 seconds" and proactively backup and recover data.

VMware's Sanjay Katyal, vice president of Global Alliances and OEMs, said in a statement, "Symantec's data center, with NetBackup 7.6 and VMware vCloud Suite, is a strong example of a transformative software-defined data center."

Additionally, the latest edition of NetBackup targets channel partners and managed service providers with new multi-tenant hosting options. It also provides automated disaster recovery mechanisms that support physical-to-cloud data transfer scenarios.

In terms of protecting heavily virtualized infrastructures, Symantec is on the right track, said Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst Jason Buffington.

Observing that "tolerance to downtime" is shrinking across the industry, Buffington said his group tested NetBackup 7.6 for VMware and found it "to exceed expectations." Symantec's NetBackup and VMware combo "appears ready to deliver the protect-ability that highly virtualized large enterprises are seeking," he stated in prepared remarks.

With NetBackup 7.6 in tow, Symantec is diving deeper into the data backup virtualization software market. Competitive products include Quantum vmPRO, Veeam Backup & Replication, PHD Virtual and Dell vRanger.

NetBackup 7.6 is available now. Also shipping is the company's NetBackup 5230 appliance with 14TB of capacity and bundled NetBackup 7.6 software.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at Datamation. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on January 23, 2014