Symantec is claiming it can take the pain out of backups with new versions of its NetBackup and Backup Exec tools, featuring faster backup times, the ability to mix snapshots and full backups, and built-in lifecycle management to minimise the number of backups retained for extended periods.
Announced today, NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 are the latest versions of its backup tools for large heterogeneous network environments and smaller, Windows-based environments, respectively.
Both products are intended to make the backup process simpler and reduce the cost of performing and storing backups, Symantec said.
This is achieved through greater automation, improving the speed of backups to reduce downtime, and clearing out old backups, while greater visibility into virtual infrastructure makes backups simpler.
"Over the years, changes in technology such as virtualisation have increased complexity in the backup process and significantly increased cost, while the danger has grown of not being able to recover data, which is the most important part," said Sharon White, Symantec senior product manager for EMEA.
Backup Exec brings a complete new user interface and admin console that makes it easier to configure backups, while integration of Symantec's V-Ray technology enables customers to back up just virtual machines if they have a highly virtualised environment, White said. It also enables physical-to-virtual and backup-to-virtual conversions for instant restoration in virtual environments.
Meanwhile, NetBackup now integrates with NetApp to allow it to initiate snapshots and mix and match between these and traditional backups, according to Martin Warren, principal marketing manager for Symantec EMEA.
NetBackup now treats snapshots like a backup, indexing and cataloguing them so the correct image can be found at a later date.
"You can then crack open those snapshot images so you can pull out an individual file if necessary, so you can recover from them as if they were backups," he said.
A feature called NetBackup Accelerator can also make backups up to 100 times faster by just looking at the changes since the last backup, Warren claimed.
NetBackup also now manages the lifecycle of snapshots, so that over time they can be automatically migrated to lower cost storage.
"That lifecycle, we automate, so there's no need to manually identify data and move it between different storage platforms, which can be very complex, and this means that the data ends up on the lowest cost storage depending on criticality," Warren said.
NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 are set to be available later in the spring.
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