The flood of data in companies large and small means that inevitably, duplicates will be copied to storage backups. The results has been the meteoric rise in deduplication software and vendors alike, with established vendors getting in on the act as well. Symantec, which knows a thing or two about system maintenance, has added dedupe to its backup software. Enterprise Storage Forum has the details on the new software.
Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) is boosting the data deduplication capabilities of its Backup Exec and NetBackup software to improve its position in the fast-growing dedupe market.
Backup Exec 2010 for small businesses gets integrated data deduplication and archiving technology, and Symantec claims it is the first data backup and recovery solution to offer granular recovery of Microsoft Exchange, SQL and Active Directory in VMware (NYSE: VMW) and Hyper-V environments from a single pass backup. Backup Exec 2010 also gets new support for Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, Hyper-V R2, Exchange 2010, Windows 7 and VMware vSphere 4.0.
NetBackup 7 for enterprises also gets improved dedupe functionality, along with enhanced virtual machine protection and integrated replication.
Symantec cited an IDC study that found that 70 percent of data is duplicate and has not been accessed in more than 90 days. An integrated deduplication and archiving solution can save users 20 to 40 percent on their storage costs while allowing for critical data recovery, Symantec said.