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Rudy M | 24 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

I’ve been involved with Backup Exec for more than 10 years and it’s the partnership between the product and customers that makes it all worthwhile.  I’d like to offer you my personal perspective of how virtualization support has grown in Backup Exec over time and how new features are influenced by our customers.

Several years ago, it became clear that virtualization in the form of VMware and Hyper-V was fundamentally changing the way servers were deployed and managed.

During planning for Backup Exec 12.5, we believed that it was key to add support for protecting virtual machines. Given Backup Exec’s focus on Windows, we needed support for both VMware ESX 3.5 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.  Backup Exec offered protection and recovery for VMs on both platforms with the ability to restore files and folders without needing to recover an entire VM. We call this feature, “Granular Restore Technology” or GRT.  For VMware...

Nick Elmer | 13 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

It has been awhile since my last post, and I apologize for that absence! Our team (myself included) has been diligently working on the next big release of Backup Exec (2012)! There are many changes in the new user interface that we think you will love. However, I don’t want to focus on those items, as there are many other blog contributors who are already talking about those. Instead, I want to discuss what has and has not changed, with respect to our install. Today’s post focuses on our new DVD Install Media Validation feature.

With Backup Exec 2012, when you run the install, you will now see files and paths updating in the splash screen. During this process, the installer is validating the required files needed to install. If all the files successfully verify, the install will launch and run as it always has. If there are missing or corrupt files in our required directories, the installer will log the affected files, and ask if you want to view the install log...

Amit Walia | 03 Feb 2012 | 16 comments

In December we announcedthe availability of a partner-only beta release of Backup Exec 2012 and Backup Exec 2012 Small Business Edition. The beta program was a huge success with literally hundreds of partners participating, providing valuable feedback and sharing their successes with us.

Today, we’re excited to introduce Symantec Backup Exec 2012.

Backup Exec 2012 is truly the culmination of our global team of expert engineers who spent million plus man-hours singularly focused on changing the playing field of backup software. And the result is an amazing product that is focused around three key themes: Eliminating complexity; providing virtualization-centric protection; and our offer to customers of one product, any recovery. As these themes are an essential component...

Aidan Finley | 16 Jan 2012 | 7 comments

Have you ever seen pictures of the control room in a power generation plant? It’s an entire wall of dials, knobs, and gauges, all telling you important bits of information about the system.  That’s great – and probably necessary! – if your only job was to manage that power plant.  But as an IT professional, you have lots of daily jobs; some of you manage Exchange, SQL Server, firewalls, security, storage, servers, you name it.  Backup and recovery might be only one of the many jobs you do on a daily basis.  And here at Symantec, we don’t want your backup application to be like that power plant – we want you to be able to sit down, do what you need to do, and get on with your day. 

Backup Exec has an entirely new user interface.  You’re going to like it – it’s simpler, more intuitive, and much easier to navigate.  We’ve also taken a lot of time to keep all those great features you...

James McKey | 03 Jan 2012

(EDITED 2012-01-30: Changed to state the download is now available and highlighted the available video download)

The gold build of Backup Exec 2012 is now available for immediate download as part of the First Availability program. If you have maintenance for Backup Exec (or are a partner) then you can sign-up using the following link:

Backup Exec 2012 - First Availability

Below are some of the key new feature capabilities:

New User Experience

  • Resource-centric management, with a focus on management by exception and ease of deployment
  • Easy data lifecycle management
  • Simplified Scheduling
  • Simplified restore experience – Restore Wizards help you decide what, when, and how to restore applications and data
  • Storage Management Improvements – Graphical visibility into backup...
Amit Walia | 05 Dec 2011 | 22 comments

Today, we’re announcing the availability of a partner-only beta release of Backup Exec 2012 and Backup Exec 2012 Small Business Edition.  Open exclusively to Symantec’s 60,000 global channel partners, the beta release will provide partners early access to one of Symantec’s market leading backup and recovery solutions.  Symantec wants to work with our partners to help customers fix the new challenges on controlling data growth, unifying virtual and physical platforms, and simplifying backup.  

The partner-only beta release will help Symantec’s partners address the three major “C”s of most backup environments of their customers: Complexity, Cost and Chronically shrinking backup windows. Our partners have told us that they need to give their customers a simple, single application that protects both virtual and physical environments and that is easy to...

James McKey | 03 Oct 2011 | 14 comments

UPDATE (12/9): The VMware plug-in and Cloud Services Beta/UAT programs have ended and are now in GA (General Availability). The Kaseya plug-in is in the First Availability (FA) cycle and you can sign up for that program here:
Backup Exec Management Plug-in for Kaseya - First Availability

 

There are a few Beta programs tied to the Backup Exec product line currently in play and that still have some openings (each link provides lots more detail in addition to providing the sign-up opportunity):

Backup Exec Management Plug-in for Vmware - Auto-recovery (URL removed) Beta (integration with ApplicationHA - High Availability product line)

Backup Exec Management Plug-in for Kaseya - Beta (URL removed) - Advanced Remote Monitoring & Management for Backup Exec 2010 R3 servers

Cloud Services for...

Kate Lewis | 30 Aug 2011 | 22 comments

Today at VMworld® 2011,Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced the general availability of the Backup Exec 3600 enterprise backup appliances to help organizations modernize their backup infrastructures and accelerate new initiatives around virtualization with greater reliability. Symantec backup appliances can be deployed in as little as 30 minutes and help organizations protect information completely, in physical or virtual environments, and deduplicate data everywhere to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Backup Exec 3600: Visibility and content-aware deduplication across physical and virtual systems

Equipped with Symantec V-Ray technology, Backup Exec 3600 appliance provides the same unique visibility into virtual environments as Backup Exec 2010 software to allow...

Kate Lewis | 30 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

Today at VMworld® 2011, Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced new V-Ray technology enhancements to Backup Exec 2010 to provide organizations with greater visibility into their physical and virtual environment with a single backup solution, saving time and reducing overall complexity.  The latest version of Backup Exec 2010 will support VMware’s upcoming release of VMware vSphere® 5 and integrates with Symantec ApplicationHA to predict and trigger an application restore if ApplicationHA is unable to remediate an application failure.  This first-to-market integration helps IT administrators feel confident in expanding their VMware adoption knowing they can now eliminate costly downtime of mission critical applications within virtual environments.  Backup Exec’s V-Ray technology also includes the new virtual machine validator feature to allow administrators to...

Randy Cochran | 20 Jul 2011 | 2 comments

In February, Symantec announceda partnership with Level Platformsto develop a policy module that would give our channel partners the ability to remotely manage and monitor Backup Exec for their customers.  The Level Platform relationship is part of our strategy to provide our channel partners, particularly Managed Service Providers (MSPs), with more choice and flexibility.  A further example is the planned  roll outof a Backup Exec appliance and cloud based solution.  This diversification of Backup Exec comes to satisfy the demands of a market that requires a flexible solution to meet our customers’ individual needs.

In keeping with the Level Platforms announcement, Symantec will soon offer new...