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Third-Party Evaluations of Backup Exec

Created: 07 May 2013 • Updated: 28 May 2014 • 8 comments
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We remain on track to deliver the two new Service Packs for Backup Exec in July, bringing long-awaited platform support and quality enhancements to market. As you watch (or beta test) and evaluate your next moves, several helpful new pieces have been published by 3rd party analyst firms on the value of Backup Exec in a multi-platform environment. Note: some may require very a mild registration.

Three on Backup Exec 2012:

From the 451 Group: Symantec preps New Release of Backup Exec as it Prepares to Fend off VM-Only Backup Vendors

From ESG: Assessing the TCO of Unified vs. Parallel Backup Solutions for Virtual Environments

From ESG: Achieving Best Practices for Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery

Several pieces dedicated to the Backup Exec 3600 Appliance:

From ESG: The Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance: evaluating the Out-of-Box Experience

From IDC: The Evolution and Value of Purpose-Built Backup Appliances

Symantec: Technical Brief: Backup Exec Appliance

Symantec Google Hangout: A Good Hard Look at the Backup Exec 3600

Enjoy, and as always, contact us directly here in Connect, Spiceworks, Twitter, Reddit or Google+ with your comments.

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Clifton Hastings's picture

Long-awaited is an understatement!  If the beta versions don't come out THIS month (May) as promised, I think I might lose all hope in Backup Exec.

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Clifton, you and everyone else. Great news is that we're on track! Be sure you are signed up and the alerts will come to you through the SymBeta program.

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Clifton Hastings's picture

Oh, believe me I am signed up - I have been since the first Beta announcement LAST November. =(

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Now that you've had access to the beta, any thoughts?

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Clifton Hastings's picture

So far so good! Having a little issue with Exchange Incremental Backups that I am working through with the Beta team, but I think I'm close to figuring that out. My issue was never with the Backup Exec product or how well it fits my needs, it was with the length of time it took Symantec to release a compatible version with Windows Server 2012 when most of the other backup vendors supported it MONTHS AGO. I like to move quickly and take advantage of the Microsoft OS releases when they come out, mostly because I run Hyper-V and many of the enhancements are made there. Waiting on Backup Exec to be able to backup Windows Server 2012 caused me to waste 6 months of time I could have used on other things and now I am forced to play catch up.

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SAX149's picture

Since Symantec was not able for months to give feedback to paying customers when/even if Exchange 2013 will be supported by BE 2010 and our support contracts for all of our sites in europe will expire in Q4/2013, our CIO deceided to evaluate other backup solutions & vendors doing a better job.

Would be great if you clearify your detailed roadmaps on existing products instead of this marketing junk!

One of many disappointed Backup Exec fans

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Drew Meyer's picture

SAX149 - we've interacted on other threads where I have attempted to clarify the roadmap. Any specifics, just let me know.

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Check out the latest blog for the service pack release!

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