Symantec announces new NetBackup solution for 400x faster virtual machine recovery

Symantec announced the latest version of its NetBackup solution, bringing functionality to protect VMware-based environments as enterprises move to a software-defined data center architecture.

NetBackup 7.6 from Symantec is the backup product designed for enterprise level scale, which can accommodate virtual machines and petabytes of data while giving customers 400x faster virtual machine recovery than a standard restore.

Symantec said NetBackup 7.6 enables enterprises to ensure a modern software-defined and fully protected data center.

400x faster recovery of VMware vSphere virtual machines by booting directly from backup storage, compared to the hours or days that could be required for a traditional restore. The solution’s NetBackup Instant Recovery for VMware environments allows customers to increase productivity and performance by powering on virtual machines from within NetBackup, making them 100 percent available in vSphere during the restore.


NetBackup Accelerator for VMware eliminates the need for full backups by leveraging integration with VMware Changed Block Tracking. The result is a complete, automated backup that is 35 times faster than traditional approaches, allowing customers to increase performance without compromising budget.

Customers can protect 300 virtual machines in 300 seconds, proactively backing up and recovering data with NetBackup Replication Director for VMware by leveraging NetApp array-based snapshots to protect virtual environments without giving up recoverability.

Additional features include multi-tenant hosting options for channel partners and managed service providers to improve scalability; and automated disaster recovery from a physical to a cloud platform to ensure data is always protected and available.

“As organizations continue to realize the benefits of the software-defined data center, we are pleased to work with Symantec to empower customers to protect their IT infrastructure. Symantec’s data center, with NetBackup 7.6 and VMware vCloud Suite, is an example of a transformative software-defined data center,” Sanjay Katyal, vice president, Global Alliances & OEMs, VMware.

“The combined strengths of NetApp storage and Symantec NetBackup software enable customers to improve data protection service levels and reduce operational costs,” said Edward Sharp, vice president of Integrated Data Protection, NetApp.

A recent study from ESG found that improving backup and recovery, increasing server virtualization, and managing data growth will remain some of the most important priorities for IT. In addition, ESG continues to see tolerance to downtime shrinking, the sheer numbers of VMs per environment growing and the increasing use of snapshots in combination with (and managed by) backup systems to achieve the protection and recovery-agility that customers need.

“ESG performed hands-on testing of NetBackup 7.6 for VMware to test Symantec’s ability to meet those customer demands — and found NetBackup to exceed expectations. This combination of NetBackup 7.6 and VMware appears ready to deliver the protect-ability that highly virtualized large enterprises are seeking,” said Jason Buffington, senior analyst for Data Protection at Enterprise Strategy Group.

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