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Symantec Announces Global Availability of NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012

NetApp to Resell Symantec’s Replication Director Option to Unify Snapshot and Backup Management

SYDNEY – March 14, 2012 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that Symantec NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 are now available worldwide to help businesses of any size seamlessly transform and modernise their outdated, complex and resource-intensive backup strategy. Symantec is also announcing an agreement with NetApp to resell the new NetBackup Replication Director option, enabling customers to unify Snapshot and replication management within NetBackup, and remove the cost and risk associated with multiple backup and recovery tools. Replication Director enables organisations to reduce management costs and complexity by recovering and managing backup and replicated snapshots from a single NetBackup management console.


With the global availability of Backup Exec 2012 and NetBackup 7.5, Symantec is providing customers and partners with a set of best-in-breed solutions that eliminate the problems that have plagued traditional backup in the past – complexity, time and resources required to manage the backup process and the need for multiple point products to ensure a successful backup and recovery process. A recent Symantec survey of 1,400 IT professionals worldwide further demonstrates the industry-wide need for a newer and faster approach to backup, with 28 percent stating they have too many backup tools and 72 percent citing their willingness to switch backup products if their speed doubled.


News Highlights

  • NetBackup 7.5 increases backup speeds up to 100 times, improves the ability to recover and makes it possible to integrate NetApp® Snapshots™ with backup. It also simplifies the search and recovery of files for legal holds.

  • Backup Exec 2012 has revolutionised its management console, setting a new standard for intuitive design, reduced complexity across physical and virtual environments, and provides highly comprehensive disaster recovery. More than 1,000 partners participated in the Backup Exec 2012 Partner Beta programme and more than 2,000 customers and partners participated in the First Availability Early Adopters programme, allowing them to install the final build prior to the general availability of Backup Exec 2012.

  • Symantec also announced an expanded agreement with NetApp to resell NetBackup Replication Director to enable IT administrators to centralise the management of NetBackup and NetApp Snapshots and replication (SnapVault® and SnapMirror®) for faster backup and recovery. The partnership enables NetApp and Symantec to provide customers with a powerful combination of features and benefits delivered by these two technology leaders.

  • Symantec is listed as a Champion in Info-Tech Research Group’s "Enterprise Backup Software Vendor Landscape" report, which helps enterprise IT decision-makers identify a short list of vendors for their IT programmes depending on their needs. According to the report, "On a relative basis, Symantec maintained the highest Info-Tech Value Score of the vendor group. Vendors were indexed against Symantec’s performance to provide a complete, relative view of their product offerings."

  • Backup Exec 2012 is also VMware Ready Data Protection certified for vSphere 5.0. This certification includes support for new features in vSphere 5.0 including the Hardware Version 8 format of virtual machines, datastore clusters, vSphere Storage DRS and Storage vMotion.

  • Symantec offers an array of delivery models including software, appliance and cloud solutions to seamlessly integrate into any IT infrastructure. In addition to integration with Nirvanix, NetBackup now supports cloud storage from AT&T, Amazon Web Services and Rackspace. The new Backup Exec Cloud DR Option powered by Doyenz, the leading recovery as a service provider – is expected to be available in Q1 FY13 and enable cloud-based application recovery in less than 15 minutes. Symantec’s Backup Exec also includes backup to the cloud through Nirvanix.

  • Symantec is the only leading backup provider to offer converged backup and deduplication appliances that seamlessly support disk, tape and cloud storage targets and a single contact for support. The NetBackup 5220 appliance, introduced in October 2011, recently won an award in the "2011 Backup Hardware of the Year" category from the SearchStorage.com Product of the Year awards, beating out a number of established backup hardware competitors.

  • Symantec’s breadth of backup products helps customers realise significant cost savings while better protecting their business information. Symantec is committed to driving out 80 percent of the operating costs associated with backup over the next five years.


Supporting Quotes

"With Symantec solutions, backup has never been simpler," confirmed Deepak Mohan, senior vice president, Information Management Group, Symantec. "We are committed to providing businesses with the tools they need to manage their information now and as the explosion in data continues. With NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012, we are leading the way in the fight against complex and time consuming processes and mitigating the risk of data loss."


"BackupExec 2012 has become an integral part of our IT infrastructure as it supports our virtualisation strategy and allows us to keep six months of data online without having to go to tape − saving us a considerable amount in storage costs," said Scott Gould, senior network & systems analyst, Gynecologic Oncology Group Statistical & Data Center. "Plus, BackupExec 2012 is extremely easy to use so everyone on our IT staff can set up backups, manage backup policies and perform disaster recoveries, which is ideal for smaller IT departments."


"We use Symantec NetBackup to protect more than 800 Exchange databases − over two petabytes of data in seven datacentres, with 99 percent accuracy on backups and a 99 percent success rate on recoveries. And we use it for 20 to 30 recoveries a week," said Jonathan McCormick, COO of leading cloud service provider and hosted Exchange provider, Intermedia. "Symantec NetBackup 7.5 provides us with a single integrated appliance to simplify all of our backup deployment and operations. The confidence we get from Symantec NetBackup is a good feeling."


"We have been looking forward to NetBackup 7.5, due to its support for vSphere 5. We’ve been using NetBackup 7’s innovative integration with VMware vSphere for a couple of years, and we have dramatically improved the protection for our rapidly-growing virtual environment by moving the agents ‘out of the guest’ with NetBackup," said Seth H. Bokelman, senior systems administrator, University of Northern Iowa. "We’re also looking forward to implementing the NetBackup Accelerator technology, as it will make backups much faster on some of our large file servers."


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