Feeds

Security stock slinger Symantec speeds up with latest Backup Exec

2014 software 'up to 100% faster'....

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

Symantec has announced the latest version of its Backup Exec software, with a newer product that's apparently "up to 100 per cent" quicker than its "challenging" older brother.

The last major release was Backup Exec 2012 back in ... 2012. It was a controversial release, with many new and changed features and it has taken over 18 months for Symantec to update the product.

Symantec says the new version features:

  • Protection of mixed virtual and physical architectures "that backs up to virtually any storage device" and achieves fast, efficient, versatile recovery.
  • Up to 100 per cent faster and more reliable backup and deduplication performance, including backups of VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines, compared to previous versions of the software.
  • Fast virtual machine snapshots through deep integration with Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and VMware’s vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) minimizes CPU, memory, and I/O load performance impacts on the virtual host."
  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 support.
  • Granular Recovery for Exchange 2013/20-13 SP1 and SharePoint 2013/2013 SP1.
  • Amazon Cloud Gateway VTL Support.
  • Better visibility into backup jobs: "Status monitoring of backup jobs from a single view has returned. IT administrators can save time and simplify the creation of backup jobs by backing up and managing multiple servers with a single backup job."
  • Simplified upgrade/migration process with "intuitive wizards and insightful dashboards." The new release maintains Backup Exec 12.5, 2010 and 2012 backup jobs and settings.

The previous Backup Exec was thought to have had upgrade issues, but Symantec says Backup Exec 2014 "is easy to implement, use and manage - whether upgrading from a previous version or switching from an alternative solution."

This version of Backup Exec should do a better job of resisting encroachments into the Backup Exec customer base by Veeam and others.

It should also help Symantec recover from the widely disliked release of Backup Exec 2012. A 100 per cent performance increase is pretty dramatic. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw
Have you been on YouPorn lately, perhaps? White House website?
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball
Unmasking hidden users is too hot for Carnegie-Mellon
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too
Remote code exec in HTTP server hands kit to bad guys
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.