Symantec updated its NetBackup enterprise backup product last year with version 6.5, and now is preparing to upgrade its Windows-based Backup Exec software.
CEO John Thompson said Backup Exec 12 is due out around March during Symantec’s Wednesday night earnings conference call with analysts. Thompson didn’t go deeply into details, but said the new version would more tightly integrate Symantec’s security with the backup product it acquired from Veritas. Backup Exec’s last major upgrade was version 11d in late 2005.
“It candidly does some of the things that we had envisioned when we brought the two companies together, where you can have a vulnerability alert trigger a more frequent backup process,” Thompson said of the upcoming 12.0. “So it’s our belief that we’re starting to see some of the real benefits that we had envisioned a few years ago in bringing security and security-related activity closer to where information is being either managed or stored.”
Thompson told analysts both Backup Exec and Net Backup had strong sales last quarter, driven by a move to disk-based backup. “Every major customer that I speak to is absolutely thinking about how do they move away from tape,” he said.
Thompson did not address – nor was he asked about — two things Symantec is late on delivering: storage software as a service (SaaS) and the integration of the continuous data protection (CDP) it acquired from Revivio in late 2006.