How to use Symantec products to stop buying (more) storage


Symantec Corp.
20330 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014

We looked at several products available from Symantec to help provide insight into how to reduce overall enterprise disk storage requirements and cost. The video touches on several strategies that enterprise IT managers can employ to analyze their storage use.

Symantec NetBackup Pure Disk v6.5
http://www.symantec.com/business/netbackup-puredisk

Veritas Command Central Storage v5.1
http://www.symantec.com/business/commandcentral-storage

Symantec Enterprise Vault v8.0
http://www.symantec.com/business/enterprise-vault

Veritas Storage Foundation v5.0
http://www.symantec.com/business/storage-foundation

Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers

An online backup server that covers a wide range of servers and services, this latest version includes the ability to protect Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange servers, VMware Infrastructure, and other sophisticated environments.

We tested Version 12.5 on a small test network with Windows Server 2008 and Mac and Windows clients.

Requirements: Windows 2000/2003/2008 Servers,
Price: $995 for one license, additional agents varies in price from $395 to $3195, depending on what you need to backup.

Symantec Corp.
http://symantec.com/backupexec
20330 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014

Pros:

  • Easy to setup and operate
  • Free 60 day trial helps you test out the service and become familiar with its operation
  • Granular Recovery Technology allows easy restoration of accidentally deleted files, emails, or documents.
  • VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual server data protection that is easy to manage
  • Integrated online backup for flexible off-site data protection

Cons:

  • Some of the menus are a bit densely packed, such as the Job Setup screens
  • This is not a product for single server environments (there is a separate version for Microsoft’s Small Business Server that is more appropriate)

Making backups with Symantec Protection Network Online Backup

Symantec Corp. http://spn.com

An online backup service that works automatically in the background to make copies of your most critical files and is very easy and economical to use. Online backups have several advantages:
— To aid in recovering files from a lost or stolen laptop
— To provide a simple but effective offsite storage solution for your data
— To keep the costs of backups low and within reach of most businesses

Requirements: Windows 2000/2003 Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista with latest service packs installed, with at least 15% free disk space on the volumes that you want to backup.

Price: $9.99 a month for basic service for 10 GB storage. Premium service is $35 a month for 10 GB with seven year history of backups. Additional fees for more storage capacity, remote access, and online storage for Backup Exec v12 users.

Pros:
— Easy to setup and operate
— Free 30 day trial helps you test out the service and become familiar with its operation
— 24×7 support included
Cons:
— Requires a fast broadband upload connection particularly on the first backup or for very large file collections. Only incremental changes are sent on subsequent backups
— Lack of progress indicators make troubleshooting more difficult