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Dec 8 2011   1:42PM GMT

Symantec enlists partners for Backup Exec beta testing

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Symantec Corp. is ready to roll out the Backup Exec 2012 beta, which includes better capabilities for protecting virtual machines, a new user interface and more granular recovery.

Backup Exec 2012, designed for SMBs and Windows-based backups, will support the V-Ray features already integrated into Symantec’s NetBackup enterprise application. Backup Exec 2012 and Backup Exec 2012 Small Business Edition betas have gone out to 45,0000 Symantec registered global partners.

Symantec has generated a lot of noise around its V-Ray technology, which makes all of its products better optimized for virtual machines. For Backup Exec 2012, V-Ray lets Symantec customers do a physical-to-virtual conversion. This lets an administrator take a backup copy and convert it from a physical machine to a virtual machine for disaster recovery. Organizations will be able to recover a failed system to a physical server or to a Hyper-V or VM guest.

“The backup to the VM can be done in parallel, in sequence or serially,” said Aidian Finley, senior manager for product marketing for Symantec’s Information Management Group. :”The administrator has the choice of when to do that conversion. We call it ‘no hardware physical recovery.'”

The Backup Exec administration console has a new interface so administrators can automatically configure common policies and settings for quicker configuration and data protection.

Backup Exec can be purchased as an appliance, a software application or as a cloud service.

The rollout is the largest partner-only beta program Symantec has ever put into place. The idea of providing the beta product to partners is to give them a chance to shape the application, said Arya Barirani, senior director of product marketing for Symantec’s Information Management Group.

“It’s really a way [for partners and customers] to get their hands on this product and test it,” Barirani said.

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