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Symantec promising 100 times faster backup

New backup solutions to improve process for SMBs

Symantec promising 100 times faster backup
Symantec's new backup technologies are intended to cut costs and make proper backup easier for companies, says Karam.

Symantec is offering a new approach to backup that it says will help SMBs in the region to make backup processes 100 times faster and significantly easier and cheaper.

The company says that its new NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 software and cloud solutions will help businesses to properly backup their vital business information, something that is lacking at present in Middle East SMBs.

Symantec's 2011 SMB's study, carried out in the Middle East, found that only 34% of SMB's in the Middle East are backing up their data on a daily basis, and out of those 34%, 74% are incorrectly backing up their data onto CD's, DVD's and external hard drives.

Johnny Karam, regional director, Middle East and North Africa, Symantec commented: "Today, Symantec unveils a radical new plan to modernize data protection that will drive out 80% of the operating costs associated with backup over the next five years. Symantec is announcing a new set of solutions that address the problems in backup - from the most complex of enterprise data centers requiring a true tiered-recovery strategy to the smallest business that needs the confidence that they can easily recover their data."

Symantec says it is offering a new operating model for backup. By combining backup software and deduplication into a single solution supported by a one vendor, it says customers can eliminate 80% of operating cost of a typical mulitple solution backup, while also cutting deployment time and management.

NetBackup 7.5 offers a 100 times faster backup than traditional approaches, the company says, making full backups, rather than incremental backups, more feasible. Companies can also identify the data that they need to keep, for compliance or regulatory reasons, while de-duplicating their data and removing unnecessary information.

The solutions also unify snapshots and backup, and can eliminate volumes of physical assets and prioritize files that can be sent over the network, to reduce physical handling of tape backups and human errors.

Symantec's NetBackup and Backup Exec also come with Symantec's V-Ray integrated, that enables organizations to have deeper visibility into their VMware and Hyper-V machines for virtual backups with a single product. The solution delivers load balanced virtual machine backups to eliminate backup storms, improve virtual machine performance and reduce storage by deduplicating data everywhere, whether it is on VMware, Hyper-V or physical servers resulting in up to 90 percent storage reduction.

The solutions also include simplified user interfaces, to make administration easier, and a Backup Exec Small Business Edition is also available, ensuring smaller companies can set-up proper data protection in less than ten minutes and in three simple steps.

"Over the last 20 years data has exploded, virtualization has become widely adopted and service level agreements (SLA's) have become near impossible to meet," said Karam. "These challenges also affect small businesses that struggle with implementing a proper approach to data protection. The current approach to modernization introduces an ever-growing collection of point solutions resulting in added complexity, increased costs and headaches for backup administrators, network administrators and executives.

"Companies in the Middle East need to see backup as a life jacket for all their vital information. They need to be prepared to put on their jacket if a disaster occurs. The UAE government has taken the lead by making backup mandatory to all their government and financial entities, demonstrating that they understand the importance of managing the public's information properly."

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