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Symantec has unveiled its first hardware product, a backup appliance with dedicated deduplication functionality and integration with its NetBackup data protection software, after years of denying it would ever enter the hardware business.
The storage and security vendor also unveiled the ability for its NetBackup software to connect to the Nirvanix storage cloud, as well as enhancements to its Enterprise Vault archiving software that makes legal discovery an integrated part of the archiving process.
Symantec this month is starting to ship its NetBackup 5000, an appliance which features an industry-standard server pre-integrated with the company's target-based deduplication software.
Symantec has always said it does not want to be a hardware vendor, admitted Brian Dye, vice president of product management for the company's Information Management group.
"But our customers are talking about the need for an appliance," Dye said.
Turning Symantec's dedupe software into an appliance cuts the time to deploy dedupe technology down to under 20 minutes, which not only makes it easer for solution providers to deploy, it also makes it easier to sell, Dye said. For instance, a solution provider can quickly set up an appliance to do a proof of concept demonstration, he said.
Symantec plans to offer other appliances related to its NetBackup family, Dye said. However, the company does not plan to do the same for its Backup Express software line. "Backup Exec is already offered by other partners in an appliance form factor," he said.
The move to offer NetBackup-based appliances is all about giving customers and solution providers choice, said Randy Cochran, Symantec vice president of North American channel sales.
"Symantec has no desire to get into the hardware business," Cochran said. "But we are giving that form factor, that capability, to customers as an option."
Symantec is not offering the NetBackup 5000 as a virtual appliance because such an offering would not have the performance of the hardware version, Dye said. "Anyway, customers can deploy NetBackup itself as a virtual machine," he said.
Symantec also introduced NetBackup Cloud Storage, which combines its NetBackup data protection software with the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network. Nirvanix SDN is a fully managed, highly secure cloud storage service for enterprise customers.
NetBackup Cloud Storage automates and adds policies to data backups and recovery using Nirvanix SDN, Dye said.
Nirvanix is the first cloud storage partner that is working with NetBackup, but Symantec expects to unveil others in the near future, he said.
Also, similar integration with Backup Express is planned before the end of the year, he said.
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