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Facing Up to Backup and Recovery Challenges

October 28, 2008


There is a way for businesses to continue to experience growth and ensure all data and systems are backed up. Read on to learn how.
Every small and mid-sized business faces information protection and recovery challenges. In an era when businesses are building complex IT environments to meet growing data demands, it can be a challenge to keep data and systems protected and available. However, there is a way for businesses to continue to experience growth and ensure all data and systems are backed up. Read on to learn how.
Without an effective backup and recovery solution, a business risks losing all of its data in the event of a disaster, possible non-compliance with data retention rules, exposure to business outages, hardware failure, and more. No business can afford to take those kinds of risks. To further complicate matters, many businesses have begun deploying virtualized environments.
Virtualization introduces new data protection challenges, namely:
  • Protecting growing volumes of data on physical and virtual systems
  • New IT requirements need the latest technologies
  • Lack of simple, effective disaster recovery processes
  • Maintaining Guest virtual machines and the applications installed on them
As a result, businesses need an efficient and flexible approach to protect their data and systems in both physical and virtual environments.
How can this be achieved? First, implement a data protection solution that is truly optimized to grow and adapt as new applications are added and storage environments change. Second, centralized management of the physical and virtual server environments saves time and improves responsiveness. Finally, a solution that provides complete system-level disaster recovery is needed.

An easy and efficient solution

Having a backup and recovery plan for data and systems that scales to protect information residing on physical and virtual servers is important for every business. The latest release of Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 and Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 can help. The latest versions are tightly integrated with VMware and Microsoft’s virtual environments and Microsoft applications, providing IT staff a single console to easily manage a distributed backup environment. Comprehensive data protection for VMware Virtual Infrastructures and Microsoft Hyper-V is delivered through two new Backup Exec 12.5 virtual agents.
These virtual agents dramatically reduce the time needed to recover from disasters, and they also eliminate the need to install agents inside guest virtual machines. Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) makes it possible to restore individual files and folders within a Guest virtual machine from a single-pass backup of the entire Guest virtual machine. A point-and-click feature restores Guest virtual machines to original or alternate locations
Besides the virtual agents, Backup Exec 12.5 includes the following new features:
  • Complete Support For the Entire Windows Server 2008 portfolio: Fast, efficient data protection for Windows Server 2008, Small Business Server 2008, Essential Business Server 2008, Microsoft Hyper-V and SQL Server 2008.
  • Remote Media Server Agent for Linux Server: Optimizes backup performance in Linux environments with the flexibility to utilize attached tape and disk storage resources.
  • Symantec Online Storage integration: Gives users a secure, off-site storage location that can be selected through the Backup Exec console. Symantec Online Storage is easy to manage and an alternative to other off-site data-protection options and resource-intensive tape storage.
In addition, Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 has enhanced physical-to-virtual conversion capabilities. Physical-to-virtual system conversions can be automated for immediate recovery, and conversions can be scheduled to be conducted at periods of downtime – or whenever it’s convenient. Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 also supports the latest virtual environments, including VMware ESX 3.5, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer 4.x.


As your IT environment grows, you need a backup and recovery system that will grow with it. Businesses that upgrade or switch to Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 and Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 will experience shorter backup times, faster system recoveries, and reduced data loss.

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