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Symantec adds deduplication to backup software

Next version will allow the source-based deduplication of data and VMware image files.

Storage Alert By Deni Connor, Network World
July 13, 2009 12:04 AM ET
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Developments of the week in storage

Symantec last week updated its NetBackup software platform by adding de-duplication technology.

In the midst of the bidding war between EMC and NetApp to acquire one of the remaining deduplication companies – Data Domain – Symantec snuck in their deduplication capability. The company announced that the next version of NetBackup PureDisk, which is expected to be available later this year, will allow the source-based deduplication of data and VMware image files (VMDK). This capability will require 50% less hardware by expanding backup storage to 16TB per backup server.

The latest version of NetBackup also supports VMware's vSphere and Hyper-V, which lets users restore virtual machine information from disk or tape. In addition, the product supports granular recovery of SharePoint and Active Directory data.
Veritas Backup Reporter now reports on Enterprise Vault operations. Further Symantec has enhanced its OpenStorage API to include faster backup to deduplication appliances with a virtual synthetic full backup feature. NetBackup currently manages Data Domain, EMC, FalconStor and Quantum deduplication appliances through the OpenStorage API.

NetBackup 6.5.4 starts at $5,000 per server; Veritas Backup Reporter 6.6 starts at $178 per client for backup data and $5.19 per Exchange mailbox for Enterprise Vault.

Read more about data center in Network World's Data Center section.

Deni Connor is principal analyst for Storage Strategies NOW and host of both the Masters of Storage and Masters of Servers Solution Centers.

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