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Symantec Beefs Up Information Management Line


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Symantec Corp. announced the availability of Symantec Enterprise Vault 9.0 and Enterprise Vault Discovery Collector, technology to help organizations store, manage and discover information across the enterprise. The vendor also announced NetBackup 5000 deduplication appliance and cloud storage for NetBackup and Backup Exec to help organizations reduce their data storage footprints and more effectively leverage cloud-based data storage services.

With these announcements, Niels Van Ingen, director of product management for Symantec's Information Management Group, tells 5 Minute Briefing, Symantec is focusing not just on product pieces "but really on information management" and the business issues associated with that. For Symantec, he says, that means four things - the ability to protect completely, to deduplicate everywhere to eliminate redundant data, to delete with confidence, and to discover efficiently.

Enterprise Vault 9.0 aims to provide compliance and e-discovery searches by combining emails from Microsoft Exchange Online with on-premise archived content sources into a central repository, enabling organizations to reduce costs, centrally manage e-discovery and support internal investigations. Enterprise Vault 9.0 also expands content source support to include Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Domino 8.5.1.

Enterprise Vault Discovery Collector helps organizations easily discover unmanaged information from desktops and laptops, as well as data that has not yet been archived from SharePoint Server and file shares, and quickly produce it for e-discovery requests.

According to Symantec, while many enterprises recognize implementing a proper information retention strategy would allow them to delete unnecessary information, less than half actually have a formal information retention plan in place. Companies instead save information indefinitely because they fear deleting information that may be important to the business or may be required as part of a future e-discovery request. As a result, information becomes harder to find and the costs of storing and searching for that information rise.

In addition, NetBackup 5000 deduplication appliance and cloud storage for NetBackup and Backup Exec help organizations reduce their data storage footprint and more effectively leverage cloud-based data storage services. These new delivery models provide organizations with the flexibility to manage their information in a way that makes the most sense for their environment, through software, appliance or a cloud-based solution. Symantec NetBackup 5000 is the latest release in Symantec's Information Management Strategy to help organizations protect information completely in physical or virtual environments while deduplicating data everywhere, bringing it closer to information sources to reduce storage.

Symantec NetBackup 5000 is a scalable deduplication solution that offers operational simplicity in an appliance form factor. With the versatility to provide source or target-based deduplication, the appliance increases backup performance, optimizes backup bandwidth utilization and reduces storage costs. By eliminating duplicate data, Symantec NetBackup 5000 offers an organization up to 50 times more storage savings than using a traditional backup solution, allowing for cost-efficient long-term retention of data on disk and faster and more reliable backup and recovery.

NetBackup Cloud Storage combines Symantec NetBackup with Nirvanix cloud storage services to deliver a reliable and simple way to drive down information management costs and utilize the cloud for disaster recovery. Symantec has extended its OpenStorage API to the cloud, enabling integration between Symantec software and the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network (SDN) to deliver an automated and policy-based backup and recovery solution. Custom connectors for NetBackup allow administrators to manage cloud storage for backup and recovery as easily as on-premise storage with the lower costs delivered by cloud storage. Businesses can also establish the cloud as a new storage tier or as a secondary off-site location for disaster recovery.

Visit the Symantec website  for more information about the product announcements.

For more on the Symantec NetBackup 5000, go here.

For more on Enterprise Vault 9.0, go here.


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