Have you ever seen pictures of the control room in a power generation plant? It’s an entire wall of dials, knobs, and gauges, all telling you important bits of information about the system. That’s great – and probably necessary! – if your only job was to manage that power plant. But as an IT professional, you have lots of daily jobs; some of you manage Exchange, SQL Server, firewalls, security, storage, servers, you name it. Backup and recovery might be only one of the many jobs you do on a daily basis. And here at Symantec, we don’t want your backup application to be like that power plant – we want you to be
able to sit down, do what you need to do, and get on with your day.
Backup Exec has an entirely new user interface. You’re going to like it – it’s simpler, more intuitive, and much easier to navigate. We’ve also taken a lot of time to keep all those great features you are used to in previous versions of Backup
Exec – so this interface is going to appeal to the new Backup Exec user and the seasoned professional. At-a-glance status is easily available in Backup Exec 2012, both from servers you are protecting and from the storage you are using to store your backups. The latest version of Backup Exec is just a cleaner, more intuitive way to manage your backup and recovery environment.
We’ve also included a new way to create and manage backup jobs and policies. No longer do you need an advanced degree in Data Protection to set up disk-to-disk-to-tape backups or replicate data between sites – the new Backup Stages feature shows you, in graphical detail, how your backup data will be transferred, when it will be backed up, and where it’s going to be transferred to.
Speaking of backups, how many of you just want to create backups to protect your critical servers and applications without any headaches? How many of you would rather not pore over every detail of application backups? Well, if that sounds like you, Backup Exec has made it much easier for you to set up backup jobs, because we have included some seriously intelligent defaults – based off our own expertise in data protection and by taking the most successful backup configurations from
our customers and partners – and building them into Backup Exec. If you want to get into the nuts and bolts of backup job creation, however, Backup Exec has all the same great features and customizability you have used before – so you have the right tools to get the job done.
With Backup Exec, we’ve also stepped up our “telemetry” program – gathering non-personally identifiable information from our customers and partners who choose to participate in the program. This gives us invaluable intelligence about how backups and restores are working in the field, and we have used that information extensively to make Backup Exec the easiest to use, full-featured data protection application for physical or virtual environments on the market.
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By Aidan Finley … Symantec’s Aidan Finley talks about simplifying intelligent backup: http://bit.ly/vHJXoa #BetterBackup [Video]
The first question we ask when performing an audit of an organisations backup and recovery strategy is “Why do you backup?”
The most common answer we get is “Because we have to” which implies that backup is just another box we have to tick and therefore we will just select our data for backup and hope that we can recover it.
The only answer to the question “Why do you backup?” is to RECOVER.
The ability to recover should be the main criteria for choosing a backup product. Our engineers test the recovery of thousands of systems every year. As a result, we know a lot about how to configure your backups to facilitate this recovery. With its large market share, we have found that Backup Exec is the most common product we come across in the market place, but it is also the most reliable when it comes to recovery. More often than not, inability to recover is not the fault of the backup product, but rather how it has been configured by the user. Half of the Backup Exec manual covers restore/recovery, but nobody gets to read it until they have to, at which point it might be too late as they did not configure their backups to facilitate the recovery.
Recovery can be further broken down into the following categories:
- Recovering individual items of data
- Recovering individual systems
- Recovering an entire site.
Lets look at each of these individually.
If this is an area of interest, then let me know and I will send you the rest of the article which covers application agents, archiving, virtualisation agents and system recovery.
(this is an exerpt from a longer article by Lewis McMahon, Storage On-Line)