On June 2nd, Symantec released Backup Exec 2014, the latest version of its backup and recovery software. The new software brings back features that customers liked in earlier versions and were not part of Backup Exec 2012.
What is it?
Symantec Backup Exec 2014 is Windows software that backs up data stored on Windows, Linux or Apple servers. It protects physical and virtual environments, or a mix of the two, whether local or remote. The backups are done virtually via any storage device including tape, disk and cloud. With a few clicks, administrators are able to quickly search and restore granular file or application objects, applications, VMs, and servers directly from backup storage. To reduce storage costs, the software includes integrated deduplication and archiving technology.
The Backup Exec 2014 product suite includes five versions:
- Symantec Backup Exec 2014
- Symantec Backup Exec 2014 Small Business Edition
- Symantec Backup Exec 2014 Capacity Edition which is priced per TB rather than per machine
- Symantec Backup Exec 2014 V-Ray Edition for VMware and Hyper-V environments
- Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance
Who is it for?
Backup Exec 2014 is for any organization that needs to back up servers or databases, except for individuals or small businesses that only need to back up desktops or a single server.
For existing users of previous versions of Backup Exec, it provides greater support of virtual and cloud environments than previous versions as well as offering up to twice the backup speed of Backup Exec 2012.
For those using other backup products, Backup Exec 2014 will consolidate all backup and restoration functions into a single, simple to use product. It may also provide support for devices, hypervisors or cloud data sources not supported by their current backup software.
What’s in it for you?
If you are already using Symantec Backup Exec, the latest version gives you:
- Seamless integration of physical and virtual backups, allowing you to manage both through a single pane of glass
- The ability to manage multiple server backup jobs
- A view into the progress ongoing backups
- The option of backing up locally or to a cloud service such as Amazon’s Cloud Gateway VTL
- Built-in block level deduplication and automatic archiving to reduce you storage needs
- Free upgrade to 2014 if you are under a current maintenance contract
If you don’t have Symantec Backup Exec, making the switch gives you the ability to manage all your backups through a single product. Also, you get the freedom to adopt technologies that are not supported with your current software, and the ability to convert from physical to virtual storage (and vice versa) on the fly. Lastly, granular search and restoration ensures you will be able to restore individual files instead of the whole backup if needed.
When evaluating any backup software, there are several points to consider:
- What is your current daily backup routine? How can you make it more efficient?
- Are you using more than one backup process or piece of backup software? What would be the benefits of consolidation?
- What are the desired restore time objective (RTO) and restore point objective (RPO)? Can you attain those with the current processes and software?
- Do you have deduplication? If not, how much would it improve your SLAs or reduce your storage costs? If you have dedupe, does it work across servers so you don’t back up the same file twice just because it is residing in two different locations?
- Does the backup software deduplicate at source or at the backup target? Deduplicating at source lowers the amount of data being sent to the backup server.
- Are you meeting your SLA’s for backup windows? Will you continue to do so as storage capacity increases?
- Are you paying a separate agent license fee for each virtual server or just one for the physical host server?
Why Softchoice likes Symantec Backup Exec 2014
Symantec is our #1 leader in backup sales and Backup Exec 2014 gives even more reasons for customers to switch to this backup platform. It provides a simple way to consolidate and simplify all backup processes, is faster than previous versions, and saves money on storage hardware though the use of deduplication and auto-archiving.
The software licensing models also makes good financial sense. For those with virtualized environments, Symantec lets customers pay just for the host, rather than a separate license for each VM. Those with a large number of servers to back up pay for the amount of storage backed up rather than per machine.
What you should do next
To make sure you have the best backup to match your storage needs, we encourage you to set up a call with our in-house backup expert, Jeremy Bandley to discuss what you are currently doing, what you hope to achieve, and get some practical advice in return. Ask him about a funded Softchoice Backup/Server TechCheck to provide a deeper evaluation of your current operations and get solution-oriented recommendations for improvement.
We are also hosting an upcoming webinar on Symantec Backup Exec 2014. Attend this webinar to get details on this product, how it improves your backup processes and to ask our experts any questions you may have. [NEED LINK FOR THIS]
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