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Backup Exec 2012 Virtual Environment Protection

Created: 03 May 2012 • Updated: 28 May 2014 • 6 comments
Elias AbuGhazaleh's picture
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My name is Elias AbuGhazaleh and I have been involved in data protection for over 20 years.  My experience with data protection started with backing data up to 3.5" floppies and QIC-80 tape drives. Yes, that was a long time ago!  I have been part of the Backup Exec Engineering team for the last 7 years.  It is quite obvious to see that over the past 5 years, dynamic changes in data protection have taken place.  I’ve been involved with more than a handful of Backup Exec releases to date, but I have to say that out of all of them, I am most proud of Backup Exec 2012.

Backup Exec 2012 encompasses support for the market’s cutting edge technologies: virtual environments (including VMWare and Hyper-V), Cloud, Deduplication, and Simplified Disaster Recovery.  This easy-to-use product can do it all. If you were to put me on the spot and ask me to choose my favorite Backup Exec 2012 feature, I would have to pick the functionality for supporting virtual environments.

Backup Exec 2012 doesn’t just stop at protecting a VM end-to-end from a single pass backup. It can also create VM replicas (vSphere or Hyper-V) of your physical servers, and you can power up the virtual replicas of these servers in seconds!  Take a few minutes, grab a bag of popcorn, and watch the video, “An introduction to the new backup to virtual (B2V) and convert to virtual (P2V) features of Backup Exec 2012”.  This video includes a demonstration of creating a backup job for a physical server that includes a B2V stage.  http://www.symantec.com/tv/products/details.jsp?vid=1344428420001&subcategory=backupexec_2012&pid=1

I can share other capabilities of Backup Exec 2012 with you, but you’ll benefit more by seeing them firsthand.  Give Backup Exec 2012 a shot and see what it can do for you. Thanks for taking the time to read!

 

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Juve's picture

Do you really try to work with this product ?

100 servers to backup = 100 jobs is this your easy concept ?

Chaining backups or changing order of servers to backup arec not available in BE 2012 a new concept ?

Try to select databases from a SQL farm and you will need to change your mouse after that

Have you try a tape library with your product (it works like a toaster) ?

Please we need a serious backup program like BE2010R3 not BE2012 "Fisher Price" Edition

 

Very disappointed with  Backup Unexec 2012

 

 

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BuckDog's picture

First I want to state I like the new resource driven model. I like being able to see at a glance the status of servers, storage and other info available on the home page. "Backup and duplicate to" feature is especially nice.

What is the situation for Xenserver? Will virtual support be expanded to cover this platform? Will it be both Host Operating System and Guest Operating System?

Thanks.

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Elias AbuGhazaleh's picture

Thanks for your feedback BuckDog.  I'll have to inquire about Xenserver and virtual support.  I'll do that and get back to you and let you know what I find out.

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BuckDog's picture

Hi, any word back?

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Elias AbuGhazaleh's picture

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner....I have opened this query with our PM team on this, let me go gently nudge them again on this.

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PackMatt73's picture

Gently nudged?  My car is still in the shop from the beating Elias gave it!!!

BuckDog, I am a PM for Backup Exec.  We are constantly reviewing support for new technologies.  The virtualization market is moving very quickly and we will continue to look at the placement of Xen in the field of virtualization providers.  At this time Xen is not supported, but will we will continue to investigate supporting it in future releases.  It is part of our scheduled meetings to discuss platform proliferations.

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