Symantec announced the latest release of its Backup Exec product family to provide comprehensive data and system recovery of virtual and physical systems.
As an increasing number of IT organisations are deploying virtualisation into their production environments, they are faced with data protection challenges such as backing up virtual machines, meeting strict Recovery Time Objectives and managing these complex environments.
Darrell Riddle, director of product management at Symantec, says, "Virtualisation of servers is the next big thing in the servers market. IDC predicts that the numbers are bound to increase from 22 percent to 45 percent in the next year or so. Everyone, right from Microsoft with its Hyper-V to VMware is looking at virtualisation of servers as the next big thing. One has to agree that if Microsoft is getting into it, it is bound to become a mass thing pretty soon, as Microsoft's reach and push market strategy is known to everyone. We want to make sure that when virtualisation becomes the big thing, we are a part of it. We believe in making products that are a bit futuristic in nature and this one is no different.”
Ajay Verma, director channel and alliances at Symantec India, says, "Virtualisation as a concept has till now been taken up only by the big enterprises. It is still at an early adopter stage, which is our big enterprise. However, like every other product this is also on the verge of transcending being a product for early adopters, to become a mass product. We as a company want to make sure that we are there well before time and are a known product in the market when the rush of virtualisation hits it."
Backup Exec reduces complexity by enabling users to backup an unlimited number of guest machines within a VMware ESX or Microsoft Hyper-V host environment to disk or tape from a single agent.
The major focus of Symantec for this product is to create awareness about virtualisation, create a market for the same in the SMB sector and push this concept along with their product through the channel partners by enabling and educating them.
According to Verma, the biggest challenge they are facing as far as channel partners are concerned is to get them to their online portal and make them read and get certified online. "We are well aware that online material does not really appeal to the partners and is therefore of not any real use in the end. We are trying our best to come over this problem and conduct more training camps in Tier II and III cities, giving hands-on training to our partners."
Speaking about the problems that their partners are facing, Verma says, "In this period of economic uncertainty, the biggest challenge for our partners is 'How to keep their customers spending money on products?' Educating the customer about the new trends, creating new markets, capturing the existing ones and attrition are some of the big challenges."
The latest release of the Backup Exec family provides new integration to support the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 portfolio, including Windows Small Business Server 2008, Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. Symantec also plans to come up with Backup Exec Infrastructure Manager 12.5 which will have a web-based interface to allow convenient access and easy management of Backup Exec infrastructure from any location, and present the IT administrator with a graphical map of their entire Backup Exec deployment. This product will be launched in the autumn of 2008.