VMworld: Symantec adds VM support to Backup Exec

By Kevin Komiega

--At the VMworld show in Las Vegas today, Symantec announced that the latest release of its Backup Exec product line, Backup Exec 12.5 and Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5, include support for data and system recovery for VMware Infrastructure, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, and conventional physical systems from a single console.

The new release of Backup Exec 12.5, available early next month, will allow users to back up an unlimited number of guest machines within a VMware ESX or Microsoft Hyper-V host environment to disk or tape from a single agent. Symantec has also added its Granular Recovery Technology to Backup Exec 12.5, which provides individual file-level and image-level recovery from a single-pass backup. 

Symantec has also strengthened the ties between Backup Exec and virtual machines by integrating the software with VMware and Microsoft's virtual management frameworks, providing backup administrators with a global view of their virtual environment within the Backup Exec administration interface. According to Monica Girlomi, Symantc's senior product marketing manager, the integration supplies the tools for automated configuration and setup of VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) without the need to create manual scripts. 

The upgrades to Backup Exec 12.5 go hand-in-hand with virtual system support enhancements to Backup Exec System Recovery. Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5, which is capable of restoring complete Windows systems in the event of a disaster or system failure, and features new functionality for the scheduling of physical-to-virtual (P2V) system migrations. It also includes support for VMware ESX 3.5, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer 4.1, along with planned integration with the Altiris management platform for the centralized backup and recovery of servers or desktops directly from the Altiris console. With the new version of Backup Exec System Recovery, users can capture a backup of a system in a pre-boot state without having to install any software on the system. 

All of the upgrades are aimed at reducing the time to data and system recovery for virtual and physical systems.

"We are eliminating the need for customers to have to maintain multiple data protection tools for physical and virtual environments,” says Girlomi. "The enhancements to Backup Exec 12.5 enable management of the backup process for both physical and virtual machines from a single console."

The new Backup Exec products also support the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 family of operating systems, including Windows Small Business Server 2008, Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. 

Pricing for Backup Exec 12.5 begins at $995 for a media server license with agents, and options range in price from $395 to $3,195. Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 carries a starting price of $1,095 per server and $69 per workstation.

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This article was originally published on September 15, 2008