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Symantec also unveiled a new version of the NetBackup hardware appliance based on its NetBackup enterprise data protection software, said Peter Elliman, senior manager of product marketing for the NetBackup software line.
The new NetBackup 5220 appliance includes the company's latest NetBackup 7.1 software, and has integrated deduplication capabilities, Elliman said.
The NetBackup 5220 comes configured with 4 TBs of capacity which can be expanded with the addition of storage trays to a maximum of 32 TBs or via its NetBackup 5000 deduplication appliance to a maximum of 192 TBs, Elliman said.
Software is still Symantec's primary focus, Elliman said.
"Our appliance strategy includes hardware only for our NetBackup and Backup Exec products," he said. "We provide a defined form factor with defined characteristics that partners can offer."
James Soliday, senior manager of corporate engineering at DLT Solutions, a Herndon, Virg.-based government solution provider and Symantec partner, said his company recently started working with Symantec's hardware appliances because the vendor moved production of them from China to the U.S.
"We're pretty excited," Soliday said. "It's good to know we can now offer the appliances to the Federal government."
DLT has worked with Symantec's NetBackup appliance in enterprise-sized government customers where the infrastructure includes multiple operating systems and applications, and is now looking to do the same with Symantec's Backup Exec appliance in smaller settings, Soliday said.
Symantec laid out a great hardware strategy despite denying for years it would ever get into the hardware business, Soliday said.
"If you look at the market, everyone is trying to get out-of-the-box solutions," he said. "And large storage hardware companies like EMC now have more software products than Symantec. Symantec's seen the writing on the wall. It's not saying it is jumping into the hardware space. But it's trying to level the playing field."
The new NetBackup and Backup Exec appliances are currently shipping.