Information management company Veritas continues its drive to finesse the data backup universe and platform it is building to serve IT engineers, administrators, software teams and data/achitecture-centric developers.
The data capacity gap
The firm’s latest news sees the release of Backup Exec 16, an update to its ‘unified backup and recovery’ solution for mid-market organisations. This product is essentially aligned to help IT teams get around what Veritas calls the ‘data capacity gap’ i.e. a gulf where software applications fail to have the depth and breadth of data backup and recovery backbone they need to be able to operate fluidly.
Claiming that backup Exec 16 helps businesses address critical data protection challenges, Veritas says that it’s technology is capable of covering all critical data across cloud, virtual and physical systems – regardless of where it resides.
“Most organisations operate on a hybrid-cloud model, meaning they need access to data across both heterogeneous clouds and on-premises architectures,” said Andy Spencer, Backup Exec global product marketing at Veritas. “Veritas provides infrastructure-agnostic protection of all data—reducing the complexity and risk of using multiple solutions and providing greater visibility and control of information. Backup Exec 16 helps businesses address these critical retention challenges in a simple and straightforward manner, protecting the organisation’s entire critical data set across cloud, virtual and physical.”
Organisations can also leverage the most current and scalable Microsoft infrastructure with Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2016, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016. With the new release, administrators will benefit from expanded cloud support as well as simplified licensing and purchasing models for easier consumption.
Features of Backup Exec 16 include:
- Expanded cloud support: Backup Exec 16 streamlines the migration to cloud by offering a single, unified platform that protects critical data across cloud, virtual and physical infrastructures. Server and service configurations lend Backup Exec the flexibility to protect data in, from, and to the cloud.
- Microsoft Cloud infrastructure support: Organisations can leverage the most current and scalable Microsoft infrastructure with Azure, Windows Server 2016, and Hyper-V Server 2016. Azure components can be protected to provide low-impact, one-pass backup and granular file, folder, and object recovery. Backup Exec flexible options support an organization’s chosen data protection policy, without dictating terms. End-to-end encryption protocols help ensure data security and increase the business’ willingness to commit sensitive data to cost-effective public cloud services.
- Rapid performance: Backup Exec allows users to protect their VMware virtual machines with low impact to production performance, while ensuring that individual files can be restored quickly. This patented feature, called “Instant Granular Recovery Technology” (Instant GRT), allows organisations to meet applications and data recovery goals.
FEATURE NOTE: Customers can activate VMware virtual machines after recovery, so then reducing the amount of time and effort needed to activate copies of protected servers for test, development, troubleshooting and data recovery purposes. This feature can figure in an organisation’s ability to recover quickly from a ransomware attack claims Veritas.
- Simplified licensing and purchasing model allows easier consumption: Built for price-sensitive, mid-sized companies that do not have complicated infrastructures or dedicated backup administrators, Backup Exec offers the advantage of Veritas’ physical and virtual experience with the ability to protect data through virtual and cloud environments, so that organisations can effectively protect their entire data sets.
Critical retention challenges
Explosion in virtual servers and systems is exacerbating storage demand in the same datacentre space. A global survey commissioned by Veritas revealed that, over the next three years, mid-market customers will store 39 per cent of their data on virtual infrastructures, compared with physical (33 per cent) and cloud (27 per cent) infrastructures.
“We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Veritas by helping them to bring powerful and flexible cloud solutions to the mid-market,” said Tad Brockway, general manager, Microsoft Azure Storage for Microsoft Corp. “As a leader in the backup and information management space, Veritas with Azure gives customers a trusted and efficient solution to manage backup across hybrid environments.”
To address the complexity of having data across multiple systems, many organisations implement system-specific backup tools. As a result, mid-market companies have an average of four data protection tools in their environments—each with their own licensing, maintenance, training, operational, and infrastructure costs.
In summary, Verirtas wants us to believe that Backup Exec 16 offers a so-called ‘single pane of glass’ to help mid-market businesses save resources and assets — and to get data centric application development running as well as it can.