Symantec has released two major components of its appliance strategy for backup and storage. The NetBackup 5200 integrates backup, deduplication and storage on one box; the FileStore N8300 is designed for cloud-scale storage of unstructured data.
The 5200 option complements Symantec's existing NetBackup and PureDisk deduplication software, as well as the NetBackup 5000 and 5020 deduplication appliances announced earlier this year. The FileStore N8300 is a hardware version of its FileStore soft appliance. Symantec also offers SaaS-based backup and storage.
"The primary pain point for us has been our data retention period," said Tommy Meek, systems operations manager for CBeyond, an Internet communications provider for small- and medium-sized businesses. "The real issue was storage capacity. What was our option, purchase more disk or increase tape libraries?"
CBeyond, which just purchased two 5200 appliances (one each for primary and remote data centers), currently uses NetBackup as well as PureDisk deduplication software. Effective deduplication, he said, is a key. "With shorter retention, we ran a greater risk of not being able to recover critical data."
The NetBackup 5200 features built-in source and media deduplication and 32 TB of deduplicated storage per node. It can use either inline (before data is written to disk) or post-process (after written to disk) deduplication methods.