Traditional backup solutions are 'broken', says Symantec

Traditional backup solutions are 'broken', says Symantec

Company launches new backup solutions for SMBs and enterprises

Security vendor Symantec has announced new set of solutions to address backup problems for both small businesses and enterprises. The company says the new solution enables 100 times faster backup, as well as easing management and recovery, in case of disaster. The new product is the result of research conducted by Symantec to 1400 IT professionals worldwide, which revealed that 49 percent of them cannot meet Service Level Agreements (SLA) because of too much data. According to the company, the results show that the traditional approach to backup is broken and a new model needs to be implemented. A total of 72 percent of respondents said they would switch backup products if speed doubled. The survey also found that organisations have an average of four different backup solutions to protect physical systems, and three solutions to protect virtual systems. “Today, Symantec unveils a radical new plan to modernise data protection that will drive out 80 percent of the operating costs associated with backup over the next five years,” says Deepak Mohan, senior vice president of Symantec’s Information Management Group. “Symantec is announcing a new set of solutions that address the problems in backup – from the most complex of enterprise data centres requiring a true tiered-recovery strategy to the smallest business that needs the confidence that they can easily recover their data.”

The new NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 software and cloud solutions are the company’s solutions to the issues brought up in the survey. The vendor claims NetBackup 7.5 allows for 100 times faster backups than traditional approaches. Symantec also says it is providing one solution for all backups whether they are based on tape, disk, or in physical or virtual environments and the ability to consolidate backup solutions. Physical to virtual recovery is now included for free in Backp Exec and new backup to virtual technology accelerates the migration from physical to virtual servers as part of the backup process. Another strong component of the new solutions, the company says, is the simplicity and easy of use, especially important for small businesses without dedicated backup professionals.

Sean Kopelke, Symantec’s director of Specialist Solutions in the Pacific region, says the new solutions are a perfect fit for the New Zealand market. “The New Zealand market has some very large organisations and then a massive proportion of SMBs. We’ve focused on delivering solutions to the SMB market. And we are driving it quite heavily,” he says. Kopelke says both markets are being targeted with distinct approaches. “SMBs are typically entering the cloud backup space. They don’t mind moving their data into the cloud. Enterprises, not so much. Data sovereignty is one of the reasons, they want to keep their data in the country,” says Kopelke, adding that SMBs are driving demand for cloud backup solutions. He says business in New Zealand is “doing very well” and the company remains focused on “delivering through the channel”. One of its main goals for this year is to upskill partners and focus on specialisation. “We do so many things now, it is too much for many of our partners,” says Kopelke. “Our team in New Zealand is focused on driving everything through the channel and help them build their business. We no longer do professional services, we work with our partners,” he adds. The director says Symantec is not actively seeking new partners in New Zealand this year but is always looking for niche resellers with good penetration in their market segment.

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