Symantec Releases NetBackup 5200, Backup Exec 3600 Appliances

Symantec updates two data appliances, the NetBackup 5200 and Backup Exec 3600, which is aimed at small businesses.

Data backup and security specialist Symantec has updated its NetBackup 5220 and Backup Exec 3600 backup appliances to include the latest NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 software, which the company announced earlier this year.

Symantec and Intel have worked together to develop the architecture for integrated backup appliance solutions based on Intel Server System SR2625UR and Symantec software.

Key features of the NetBackup 5220 appliance include NetBackup Accelerator, which helps shrink big backups into smaller backup windows by delivering full backups at the speed of incremental backups, a replication director to protect large volumes of data and virtual machines, and the company€™s V-Ray technology, which protects up to 3,000 VMware virtual machines with one appliance.

Other features include WAN optimization to improve backup speeds on high-latency networks, appliance and data protection from malicious attacks with Symantec Critical System Protection, and the capability to conduct disaster recovery over the network through auto image-replication technology.

€œWe chose Symantec backup appliances, specifically the NetBackup 5200 series, because they allow us to quickly modernize our data protection environment. Appliances help reduce operating expenses around backup and lower risk,€ Jesse Determann, director of distributed architecture at Continuum Health Partners said in a statement. €œWe found that it immediately reduced our backup window and the simplicity of the new user interface has streamlined the process for setting up new backup jobs for our virtual systems.€

Optimized for small and midsize business (SMB) customers, the Backup Exec 3600 appliance is designed for companies with limited IT departments. The appliance offers integrated bare-metal recovery that includes backup-to-virtual (B2V) and physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion technologies to allow recovery of a failed system to a VMware or Hyper-V guest.

Symantec also added Tape-Out support for additional longer-term or off-site data protection and integrated data de-duplication and archiving technology.

The Backup Exec 3600 offers Microsoft certified backup and recovery for the latest Windows environments, including Windows 2008 R2, Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1, Windows 7 and VMware Hyper-V, and replicates backup data to another Backup Exec 3600 appliance or managed Backup Exec Media Server in any location when using the Enterprise Server Central Admin Server option.

The appliance is also available with an optional cloud-based disaster recovery feature powered by Doyenz for planned and unplanned system recovery of VMware environments. It comes prepackaged with Backup Exec 2010 and 5.5 terabytes of useable disk storage.

Additionally, Symantec is addressing reliability concerns with redundant array of independent disks (RAID) 5 data drives, mirrored solid-state drives (SSDs) for a hardened operating system, redundant power supplies and battery backup on the RAID controller.