LAS VEGAS – VMworld 2008 – Sept. 15, 2008 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the latest release of its Backup Exec product family to provide comprehensive data and system recovery of virtual and physical systems and support for the Windows Server 2008 portfolio. Symantec also adds new Backup Exec systems management and enhanced storage flexibility for heterogeneous environments, allowing organizations to easily protect their data and systems as they grow.
As an increasing number of IT organizations are deploying virtualization into their production environments, they are faced with new data protection challenges, such as backing up virtual machines, meeting strict Recovery Time Objectives and managing these complex environments. As a result, organizations need an efficient and flexible approach to protecting their data and systems within both physical and virtual environments, while reducing server, network and storage requirements and improving recovery time and reliability.
Comprehensive Data Protection for VMware and Microsoft Virtual Environments
The new release of Backup Exec 12.5 allows organizations to easily protect their data and systems in a physical and virtual environment through one, simplified solution. Backup Exec leverages award-winning technology for virtual environments, first introduced in Symantec’s Veritas NetBackup, to provide comprehensive data protection for VMware Infrastructure, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and conventional physical systems from a single console, thereby reducing cost and improving management of multiple virtual and physical systems. Backup Exec also reduces complexity by enabling users to backup an unlimited number of guest machines within a VMware ESX or Microsoft Hyper-V host environment to disk or tape from a single agent. In addition, Backup Exec adds Symantec’s patent-pending Granular Recovery Technology to provide individual file-level and image-level recovery from a single pass backup. Unlike other backup solutions that require multiple backups to allow for granular recovery of files and folders, as well as entire virtual machines, Backup Exec allows users to recover data on a granular or image-level via one backup to reduce the recovery time and the footprint of the backup on storage resources.
Backup Exec also offers tight integration with VMware and Microsoft virtual management framework allowing backup administrators to have a global view of their virtual environment within the Backup Exec administration interface. Users will also benefit from automated configuration and setup of VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) without the need to create manual scripts. Backup Exec provides flexible whole guest virtual system recovery including the ability to rename a virtual machine, change LAN configuration and optionally power-up guest machines following restore.
Complementary to Backup Exec, Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 provides additional support for virtual environments. Backup Exec System Recovery dramatically reduces system downtime by enabling organizations to immediately restore complete Windows systems in minutes, even to dissimilar hardware or virtual environments, in the event of a disaster or system failure. In addition, Backup Exec System Recovery helps users manage planned downtime by adding new functionality to schedule physical to virtual (P2V) system migrations. It also includes support for the latest virtual environments including VMware ESX 3.5, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer 4.1 and will offer integration with the Altiris management platform to provide centralized backup and recovery of servers or desktops directly from the Altiris console. With the new version of Backup Exec System Recovery, IT administrators can capture a backup of a system in a pre-boot state without having to install any software on the system, especially useful for systems that will not boot Windows properly.
Enhanced Management and Scalable Platform Support for Added Flexibility
Symantec also introduces the new Backup Exec Infrastructure Manager 12.5, powered by Altiris, to add a new dimension to data protection systems management. Backup Exec Infrastructure Manager simplifies the upgrade process and patch management of Backup Exec installations, and reduces total cost of ownership through centralized license discovery, inventory and disk-capacity monitoring. Backup Exec Infrastructure Manager includes a web-based interface to allow convenient access and easy management of Backup Exec infrastructure from any location and presents the IT administrator with a graphical map of their entire Backup Exec deployment. In addition, Backup Exec optimizes efficiency of backup resources by allowing customers to share tape and disk storage media between Backup Exec media servers, remote NDMP-enabled NAS devices and Linux servers with the newly enhanced NDMP Option and new Remote Media Agent for Linux Servers.
New Support for Windows Server 2008 Portfolio
The latest release of the Backup Exec family provides new integration to support the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 portfolio, including Windows Small Business Server 2008, Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. This new support adds flexibility and simplified management for users who are planning to upgrade to any of the new Windows Server offerings. Symantec’s patent-pending Granular Recovery Technology has been extended to provide rapid recovery of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server documents, sites and list items.
To help customers get the most out of their Backup Exec investments, Symantec Global Services is offering a range of consulting, education and support services. Symantec’s Remote Expert Installation Service is designed for small businesses and provides Symantec Technical Experts who deploy and configure Symantec Backup Exec software securely via remote access technology over the Internet. Available in the Americas only, the service includes full installation of the software, together with an overview of Backup Exec’s key features and functions, all delivered at a time convenient to the customer. Enterprise customers can leverage Symantec Consulting Services to maximize operational performance. Symantec Education Services also offers instructor-led and self-paced technical training, IT best practices education and custom learning services to help organizations optimize their technology. A range of Enterprise Support Service offerings are available to keep Symantec Backup Exec investments delivering maximum value.
Pricing and Availability
- Backup Exec 12.5 has a suggested price of $995 USD for a media server license. Each additional agent or option can vary in price from $395 USD to $3,195 USD MSRP; Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 has a suggested price of $1,095 USD per server and $69 USD per workstation; Backup Exec Infrastructure Manager has a suggested price of $1,995 USD
- Backup Exec 12.5 and Backup Exec System Recovery will be available worldwide in the fall of 2008; Symantec Backup Exec Infrastructure Manager 12.5 is scheduled to be available in the second half of Symantec’s 2009 fiscal year.
- “The latest release of Backup Exec is the next significant proof point for how Symantec is redefining Next Generation Data Protection,” said Pat Hanavan, vice president, Symantec Data Protection Group. “Symantec offers the most complete data protection solutions and our users are confident that Backup Exec will protect, manage and recover their mission critical data and physical as well as virtual systems.”
- “Virtualization is still one of the hottest IT trends, and organizations continue to standardize on the VMware platform,” said Parag Patel, vice president, alliances at VMware. “Through collaboration with VMware, Symantec delivers differentiated data protection solutions. The latest release of the Backup Exec family leverages the VMware platform to provide significant time and cost savings for organizations that need to protect their physical and virtual VMware environments.”
- “We’re pleased to see Symantec deliver backup and recovery software which has received the Certified for Windows Server 2008 logo and now supports the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 portfolio, including Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V,” said Bob Visse, director Windows Server, Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft and Symantec customers now have a broad set of protection capabilities available to help ensure that businesses of a variety of sizes are protected as they migrate to the new platform and incorporate Microsoft virtualization technologies into their infrastructure.”
- “The combination of Symantec Backup Exec and Backup Exec System Recovery has significantly eased the demands that backup and recovery place on our IT resources. Backup Exec has reduced our backup times by a third, and Backup Exec System Recovery gives us a simple, cost effective means of protecting and restoring full systems to a virtual environment,” said Nick Joseph, network manager, Orion Registrar. “Our backup and recovery rates are virtually 100 percent and backup administration now takes just five minutes each day with projected file recoveries requiring only minutes. Additionally, the Granular Recovery Technology in Backup Exec enables us to quickly and easily recover a single Microsoft Exchange message or mailbox without having to rebuild an entire Exchange database or take the information store offline, further adding to our cost and time savings.”
- “We use Symantec Backup Exec to protect our business data across both physical and virtual servers, which has significantly reduced the time and resources our IT team must devote to managing backups,” said Gurusimran Khalsa, systems administrator, Golden Temple. “We are moving aggressively down the path of virtualization and look forward to leveraging the new Backup Exec virtual agent to facilitate all of our VMware backups.”
- “Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery is now a very important part of our business continuity plan and allows for various scenario testing such as full server restore, restoration to a virtual disk and also offsite restoration, which takes a matter of minutes compared to hours.” said Aiden Curran, head of ICT, McVey and Murricane. “BESR provides the business with a resilient platform for all our servers, applications and data due to its intuitive administration features, technologies and varying capabilities of restoration. It plays an important role in our ICT strategy by providing our business with a robust and resilient platform that enables and provides for business management and growth, while also meeting legislative requirements around data protection.”
- Symantec Backup Exec and Veritas NetBackup made up 46 percent of the overall backup/recovery market in 2007 (Source: Gartner, Inc. “Dataquest Insight: Enterprise Distributed System Backup/Recovery Market, Worldwide, 2007” by Alan Dayley and Dave Russell, July 16, 2008)
- Symantec Backup Exec was awarded the MSExchange.org Readers’ Choice Award in the Exchange Backup & Recovery category – based entirely on visitors’ votes (May 2008)
- Veritas NetBackup was awarded the “Best of VMWorld 2007” for its support of VMware
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