Symantec Ships New NetBackup and Backup Exec

By Pedro Hernandez

With the newly released NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 software, Symantec is hoping to lure IT execs with the promise of improved performance, expanded support for virtual infrastructures and more cloud storage options. Perhaps most compelling, to storage administrators at least, is the prospect of streamlining their backup strategies.

"With Symantec solutions, backup has never been simpler," said Deepak Mohan, senior vice president of Symantec Information Management Group. "We are committed to providing businesses with the tools they need to manage their information now and as the explosion in data continues," he added.

Symantec has reason to strive for a simplified, easy-to-manage backup ecosystem. A sizable number of storage administrators are overwhelmed by their backup toolset, according to the company. Citing results from a company-run survey of 1,400 IT workers, 28 percent "have too many backup tools."

In response, Backup Exec gets an updated management console features a new design with a simplified view of physical and virtual assets. NetBackup 7.5 boasts simplified search and recovery functions to aid in the process of legal holds.

IT admins wouldn't mind a little more performance, either. And they're willing to jump ship to get it. According to Symantec, "72-percent willingness to switch backup products if their speed doubled."

In hopes that they'll land in its waiting arms, the company claims that it has re-tooled NetBackup to provide an up to 100-fold backup speed increase. Cloud storage options include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Rackspace and AT&T, in addition to previous support for Nirvanix.

Also on tap is NetApp Snapshots integration. Symantec's partnership with NetApp is getting cozier with the news that NetApp will resell NetBackup Replication to centralize management over SnapVault and SnapMirror along with Symantec's backup platform.

Meanwhile, Backup Exec is also broadening its VMware data protection support. New to the 2012 edition is VMware Ready Data Protection certification for vSphere 5.0, meaning that it complies with the Hardware Version 8 specification for vSphere Storage DRS, Storage vMotion and VMware virtual machines.

On the cloud front, Symantec is gearing up for an upcoming Backup Exec Cloud DR Option powered by recovery services provider Doyenz. The feature, according to Symantec, will "enable cloud-based application recovery in less than 15 minutes." Nirvanix cloud backup remains an option.

NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 are available now.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributor to the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Previously, he served as a managing editor for the Internet.com network of IT-related websites and as the Green IT curator for GigaOM Pro. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on March 14, 2012