Symantec Backup Exec 2012
Backing up to the cloud is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to Symantec. On Monday the company will officially unveil Backup Exec 2012, which now includes modules for simple off-premise cloud backup and for backing up 100 percent virtualized environments.
Backup Exec 2012 is built around an entirely new user interface that is worlds away from its predecessor in ease of use. Given early access, the CRN Test Center looked at a final release candidate and offers you a guided tour. Shown here is the Backup Exec 2012 home page, which scraps the left-hand task pane for a layout that's easily customizable into one, two or three columns, or into a narrow/wide style. Major functions are reduced from seven into four tabs (shown) and are presented in rounded tiles that can be placed anywhere in the layout and expanded or contracted as needed. This so-called resource-centric model is consistent throughout the program.