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Symantec Bolsters Backup

Symantec kicked off its annual Vision conference in Las Vegas today with an overhaul of its NetBackup product and a long-term plan to tie together data protection, archiving, and storage management. (See Symantec Unveils NetBackup 6.5 and Symantec Launches Storage United.)

NetBackup 6.5 is being positioned by Symantec as a way to ease the management strain on CIOs and IT manager, thanks to a revamped pricing model and a slew of enhancements. (See Symantec Enhances PureDisk and Overdue Backup for Backup.)

The software, which will be available in the third quarter, offers a raft of upgrades around disk-based backup, virtualization, de-duplication, and VTLs, according to Matt Kixmoeller, Symantec's senior director of product management. "We're really evolving NetBackup to handle next-generation [data] protection."

In addition to a CDP feature built on technology from Symantec's Revivio acquisition, Symantec is also adding a virtual tape option to NetBackup, which enables VTLs to backup directly to tape. (See Symantec Dips Into De-Dupe and Symantec Swallows Revivio.) Previously, data was exchanged via NetBackup, slowing down the backup process.

Other enhancements include the introduction of native data de-duplication, bundling Symantec's previously standalone PureDisk software into NetBackup. The idea here is that users can ensure data is only stored once across their entire IT infrastructure.

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