Milrad said another part of the answer was to fight infinite retention. "Too many organisations keep backups for too long. Knowing when information can be deleted can significant reduce costs and management burdens. New backup search capabilities in NetBackup gives organisations the ability to separate out what is relevant to legal or compliance purposes."
Another aspect of Symantec's plan is to unify snapshots and backup, he said. "A snapshot with NetBackup is data protection and includes manageability and recoverability. Unifying snapshots and backup gives organisations the speed of snapshots with the recoverability of backup."
Other parts of the new approach are to stop putting backup tapes onto trucks, added Milrad. "NetBackup technology allows organisations to modernise their disaster recovery strategies and stop the practice of shipping tapes by truck. NetBackup's Auto Image Replication [AIR] allows customers to eliminate volumes of physical assets."
"[In addition] operating costs can be reduced around virtualisation with Symantec V-Ray technology, which allows organisations to have deep visibility into their VMware and Hyper-V machines for virtual backups with a single product," he said. "There is one product for any recovery for all backups, whether using tape, disk, or in physical or virtual environments. Physical to virtual recovery is now included for free in Backup Exec, which also has simplified user interface, allowing IT managers to have a professional data protection strategy within the organisation."
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