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The NetBackup 7.5 Beta program kicked off October 27th with an introductory webcast for any interested Beta participants. A replay will be available to Symantec Connect's NetBackup 7.5 Pre-GA group (it's a private group, so sign up for the Beta to get access). If you haven’t signed up for the Beta program, please feel free to do so here: https://symbeta.symantec.com/login.html. The program will focus on validating the quality and effectiveness of five key areas of the upcoming release; NetBackup Replication Director, NetBackup Accelerator, NetBackup Search,V-Ray Virtualization support, and our Cloud Connectors. Those customers willing to assist us in this venture may even be rewarded (yes, iPads and Apple TV's are on offer!).
NetBackup 7.5 brings with it several new signature features. NetBackup Replication Director is NetBackup’s ability to easily manage NAS snapshotting and snapshot replication through NetBackup’s Storage Lifecycle Policies. NetBackup Accelerator is our next generation backup agent technology that enhances your data reduction capabilities on top of what our source side deduplication offers. NetBackup Search enables NetBackup users to easily discover files or folders that have been backed up and then do something cool, like put the backup containing those files on Legal Hold.
In addition to these signature features, we’ve also improved existing features like our virtual machine protection. NetBackup’s V-Ray capabilities have been expanded and now enable NetBackup users to continue leveraging API driven single pass backups of VM’s, but then also perform GRT restores of certain applications and databases found within them (on top of the GRT restores of files and folders you’re used to), all while deduplicating that data against like data found in other physical or virtual environments.
We’ve also expanded our partnerships for cloud backup storage. With NetBackup 7.1 we delivered support for storing backup data off premise in the Nirvanix cloud. NetBackup 7.5 delivers three more big names in the Cloud Storage space through our Cloud Connectors; AT&T, Rackspace and Amazon.
Please join the NetBackup Product Management team and other interested customers and partners. We need your help. Sign up for the Beta program today and get to play with the great new features coming in NetBackup 7.5!