The Doyenz DR option allows users to leverage cloud recovery for planned and unplanned system recovery in the cloud. The service will initially be available in the United States and will focus on rapid recovery for VMware environments.
A new Backup Exec 3600 appliance is described as an all-in-one product that comes with 5.5 TB of usable disk storage that is set up to backup an unlimited number of servers and applications, whether physical or virtual.
Like Backup Exec 2012, NetBackup 7.5 includes Symantec's new V-Ray feature, which allows storage administrators to consolidate the backup console's view of VMware and Hyper V virtual machines.
The update adds a new feature called Virtual Machine Intelligent Policy (VIP) that can automatically detect and back up new, moved, or cloned virtual machines, using deduplication to reduce the amount of data stored. Again, physical machines can be added to the virtual machine backups.
Symantec said a new NetBackup 7.5 feature called Accelerator can vastly speed backup times by using snapshots instead of full backups to protect data.
The NetBackup Accelerator feature works by backing up only incremental file changes; those incremental file changes are then also deduplicated to further reduce network traffic. When Accelerator is used to recover data, it has an index that allows it to quickly restore single documents or files.
"We keep track of the files that have changed and the blocks that have changed within those files. So when we do a backup, we know exactly what blocks to back up and where they are," said George Winter, a technical product manager for Symantec. "Relying on backup guys to be system integrators who glue dedupe with disk backup with VMware is a broken model."
The update also includes the NetBackup Replication Director tool than can integrate NetApp Snapshot copies and replication, and NetBackup Search, which lets users fill eDiscovery requests on backup data as well as create a selective legal hold on that data.
NetBackup Search allows administrators to search backup data to determine what files are relavant for future regulatory retention or legal hold requests; that way only data relevant to those requests is saved in an archive and the remaining data can be erased or put into offline archives.
"What we expect to do is allow people to move copies of relavent data into an archive [according to policies set up by legal teams] and give lawyers themselves the service to those archives," Regan said.
"They're allowing you to kick off snapshots much more efficiently and also to leverage that process to do things like eDiscovery for legal holds," Amatruda said. "The difference [from the NetBackup 7] is that they're capturing all that log file and index information they and have the ability to index that data in order to restore it more efficiently."
Symantec said NetBackup 7.5's Replication Director option allows a central console view to backup and recovery for hundreds of storage system level replicated snapshots. Replication Director leverages the API in Symantec's OpenStorage interface that can tie into NetApp's snapshot copies and replication (through SnapVault and SnapMirror features) for end-to-end management and recovery.
By consolidating data snapshot and replication management into the backup interface, administrators can replicate data and use it to perform searches and single file recovery from any snapshot copy.
Symantec NetBackup 7.5 will be generally available for purchase in spring 2012 through Symantec's worldwide network of value-added authorized resellers, distributors and systems integrators or directly.
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