Symantec Corp, a leading provider of Windows data protection software, has released the availability of its Backup Exec 11d for Windows Servers software.
Developed primarily for small- and medium-sized organisations, Backup Exec 11d expands the product line's continuous data protection beyond Microsoft Windows file servers and workstations to include Microsoft Exchange, eliminating the need for daily Exchange backups and time consuming mailbox backups.
Backup Exec 11d, available on November 6, 2006, also features an innovative Granular Recovery Technology that enables recovery of critical data from Microsoft applications like Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory and more in just seconds. Additionally, Backup Exec 11d provides enhanced data security with 128-bit and 256-bit AES encryption capabilities, and extends platform support with Backup Exec media servers running on x64-bit Windows servers.
According to Symantec, today's Windows data protection is not just about backup, it is about recovery. Backup Exec 11d delivers continuous protection for mission-critical Microsoft applications like Exchange and SQL Server, and enables rapid data recovery. This significantly reduces the cost, time, and resources required of small- and medium-sized organisations. Whether customers are backing up to disk, tape, or both, Backup Exec 11d is the Gold Standard for Windows Data Recovery.
Continuous protection for exchange
Symantec Backup Exec 11d extends continuous protection capabilities beyond Windows file servers and workstations to Microsoft Exchange, addressing two key customer demands. First, it eliminates the need to perform daily Exchange backups, greatly simplifying administration and reducing costs for business and IT. Second, it helps deliver e-mail continuity for businesses. Continuous protection for Exchange allows data to be recovered as recently as just a second before a loss.
The new, patent-pending Granular Recovery Technology enables the recovery of individual e-mails, folders, and mailboxes in seconds - without the need for separate mailbox backups. This means IT administrators no longer have to run multiple backup jobs to protect Exchange, effectively cutting backup times in half, or better. Granular Recovery Technology works with either continuous or traditional Exchange data protection methods. Backup Exec 11d also enables the quick recovery of components of other Microsoft applications, including SharePoint Portal Server, Active Directory, and SQL 2005.
According to Enterprise Strategy Group, organisations of all sizes now rely on e-mail applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, as their mission-critical application. In the event of data loss or corruption, recovering Exchange, especially to the mailbox level, with traditional data protection methods is complex and time-consuming. The CDP capability in Backup Exec 11d streamlines and provides fine grain recovery of Exchange mailboxes and messages, delivering business continuity and saving time for IT administrators.
Enhancing data security
Organisations are increasingly focusing on the security of the data they are backing up or moving off-site for long-term protection or disaster recovery purposes. Symantec Backup Exec 11d provides 128-bit and 256-bit AES encryption to protect data when it is being backed up. Data can either be encrypted at the client-side to ensure protection when moving across a corporate network, or when copied from a disk-based backup to tape media.
Backup Exec 11d extends platform support to full protection of x64-bit Windows environments, adding x64-bit support for Backup Exec media servers to the previously supported x64-bit protected clients or servers. Backup Exec 11d also introduces NDMP support enabling the protection of NetApp(r) Filers, as well as support for Oracle RMAN/RAC, IBM DB2, MAC OSX (PowerPC), HP-UX, Solaris 10, and SUSE 10.0 Clients.
American Portwell Protects Intellectual Property, Enhances Productivity with Backup Exec 11d
American Portwell is a leading worldwide supplier of specialty computing platforms located in Fremont, Calif, with worldwide offices in Taiwan, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, and India. American Portwell is using Symantec Backup Exec 11d to streamline IT processes, centralise backup and recovery for its business critical information, and minimise costs.
American Portwell comments that Backup Exec 11d provides it with centralised backup and recovery and has helped it reduce the time spent on Exchange restores by 96 percent.
Portwell is committed to high standards and engineering excellence and ensuring its business information is secure and available is critical to its success. Symantec protects its critical data, so American Portwell can focus on innovation and delivering its solutions to the market.
Symantec Backup Exec 11d is scheduled to be available for purchase on Monday November 6, 2006 through any of the Symantec channel partners that participate in the Express and Rewards programs.
According to Dell, it continues to partner with Symantec because of a shared vision of simplifying datacentre operations through standards. Dell has been partnering with Symantec for over five years to deliver Symantec solutions and the synchronous launch of Backup Exec 11d is a testament to a commitment to delivering tightly integrated data protection solutions that drive value for Dell’s customers. Dell extensively tests and qualifies Symantec Backup Exec 11d on Dell PowerEdge servers and PowerVault storage.
Systems Design Group comments that everyone wants to conduct granular Exchange backups on a regular basis, but up until now, the tools to do that were time-consuming and unfriendly. Symantec Backup Exec 11d will allow us to be more efficient when performing this type of Exchange backup, eliminating the time needed to perform individual mailbox backups but still allowing recovery on a granular level. And it handles all aspects of data retention, which is especially important for its clients that need to comply with industry regulations.