Symantec Delivers 'Predictive Recovery' for VMware Environments

At the recent VMworld conference, Symantec Corp. announced new enhancements to Backup Exec 2010 designed to provide greater visibility into physical and virtual environments with a single backup solution. 

The latest version of Backup Exec 2010 will support VMware's release of VMware vSphere 5, and integrates with Symantec ApplicationHA to predict and trigger an application restore if ApplicationHA is unable to remediate an application failure. 

This integration helps IT administrators feel confident in expanding their VMware adoption knowing they can now eliminate costly downtime of mission-critical applications within virtual environments. Backup Exec's V-Ray technology also includes the new virtual machine validator feature to allow administrators to easily resolve backup issues by validating the recoverability of VMware backups through integration with the VMware vCenter Server administration console.

"When it comes to backup, businesses must standardize on one product for physical and virtual protection if they seek the greatest storage savings and the least amount of management," Amit Walia, vice president of product management for Backup Exec for Symantec Corp. "Backup Exec V-Ray update provides new predictive VMware recovery, integrated deduplication and automated backup protection of new guest machines to help customers increase cost savings while eliminating downtime."

Overall Backup Exec's embedded V-Ray technology provides backup and virtualization administrators with a simpler data and application recovery process.  The new Backup Exec V-Ray features give administrators a clear catalog view of their backups so they can then select an entire backup set or a single object to restore from either their physical or virtual environments.  Backup Exec's first predictive recovery feature, powered by  Symantec ApplicationHA helps reduce downtime of tier one mission-critical applications in VMware environments, and also provides new recovery validation and broad platform and application support for the upcoming VMware environment - vSphere 5. 

In addition, Symantec has worked closely with VMware to develop and release Symantec VirtualStore, allowing storage administrators reuse of existing SAN storage investments to create a scalable, clustered NAS solution designed for VMware environments. VirtualStore enables IT organizations to scale I/O throughput and storage capacity independently of one another, while providing space-efficient cloning of guest OS images and allowing rapid provisioning of virtual desktops. VirtualStore helps customers eliminate boot storm issues and dramatically reduce storage costs, while continuing to offer Symantec's leading storage technologies, like thin reclamation, compression, tiering, cache optimization, and broad support for multiple storage platforms.

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