Feeds

Symantec fluffs up its backup getup

Netbackup integrates de-dupe and CDP

Boost IT visibility and business value

Symantec Vision '08 Symantec's data protection suite received its annual booster shot of new features at Symantec Vision in Las Vegas this year.

The NetBackup software is kicked up to version 6.5.2 and version 6.5.3, with expanded support for Windows and VMware, respectively. But the major additions are integrated data de-duplication and continuous data protection (CDP) — both previously available only as standalone products.

"We are the only company that has integrated de-dupe to our core backup product," said Deepak Mohan, Symantec's senior veep of data protection operations.

Hmm, but didn't EMC add de-dupe and CDP to the long-in-tooth NetWorker back in October 2007 with Avamar and RecoverPoint software?

Well yes, according to Mohan. But EMC's offerings aren't really managed through the same interface in NetWorker.

Symantec is claiming a specific definition of "integrated," we suppose. And besides, said Mohan (going for the product points), Symantec's de-dupe does inline, at source, and post-processing.

Symantec's Deepak Mohan

NetBackup's de-dupe comes courtesy of PureDisk 6.5. Both apps have been flirting with integration since March 2007, but this marks the first time they've been completely tied together.

PureDisk 6.5 adds more support for client-side de-dupelication, adding the Mac OS, HP-UX 11.23 and Red hat 5.0 to the client lists. It's also added support for Microsoft Exchange 2007 and on the platform side, NetApp NAS systems.

Storage capacity per server node has been doubled in PureDisk 6.5, from 4TB to 8TB useable storage.

A new arrival: RealTime 6.5 does the integrated continuous data protection business — streaming changes in mission-critical apps to dedicated storage systems as it did previously.

As for NetBackup itself — the software adds expanded support for SharePoint 2007, Exchange 2007, SQL Server, and Windows 2008.

In version 6.5.3, granular document restore has been added for SharePoint 2003 and 2007, along with granular mailbox restore for Exchange 2003.

Symantec has also added incremental backups and snapshot client support in a virtual machine.

NetBackup 6.5.2 is available now starting at $3,995. Version 6.5.3, however, won't arrive until later this summer. RealTime 5.5 will be waiting until Fall 2008 to make its debut. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests
Big Blue finds containers are speedy, but may not have much room to improve
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.