Symantec Tunes Data Protection Appliances For Cloud, Virtualization

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The maximum raw capacity of the NetBackup 5220 appliance was doubled to 72 TB, according to Symantec.

The appliance also was enhanced with the addition of Symantec Critical System Protection, a software application protecting the NetBackup 5220 from attacks, Elliman said. "It hardens the appliances by providing intrusion detection and prevention," he said.

Also new from Symantec is an enhanced version of its Backup Exec 3600 appliance, which was first introduced in August 2011.

Aidan Finley, product marketing manager at Symantec, said the Backup Exec 3600 takes advantage of all of the new features of Backup Exec 2012, which was released in March.

This includes the unification of data protection in physical and virtualized environments, as well as a new simplified interface that decreases installation, management and monitoring time, Finley said.

Also new to the Backup Exec 3600 are a number of new recovery features, including the ability to convert physical servers into virtual servers that can be turned on as needed for disaster recovery, as well as the ability to do bare metal recovery, he said.

On the hardware side, the new appliance was enhanced with a new SAS (serial-attached SCSI) card for connecting to optional tape automation devices for those companies that archive to tape, he said.

The enhanced Backup Exec 3600 is currently shipping. It is list-priced starting at $15,995, which includes the hardware, the Backup Exec software, deduplication, Symantec Critical System Protection, and agents for VMware, Hyper-V, Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and applications and databases.

A Total Protection Edition of the Backup Exec 3600, with extra features geared toward smaller enterprises, is also available with a list price of $25,995.

The NetBackup is scheduled to ship on June 4.


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