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A call for Backup

A call for Backup 

To some, the cloud has become a digital Swiss Army knife of sorts. Its many capabilities can be tailored to align with the individual needs of any organization. Some may use it to boost collaboration in the workplace, while others use it for data storage purposes.

In that respect, Veritas, the information management arm of Symantec, introduced version 7.7 of NetBackup, its flagship data protection product. The new release builds on prior version by adding several new capabilities to its arsenal. These improvements include better connections with cloud storage services provided by Amazon, Cloudian, Google, Hitachi, and Verizon. NetBackup 7.7 also features VMware integration, and self-service functions that make it easy for all users to independently manage, schedule and control the recovery process.

To gain a better understanding of this product and the benefits it brings for enterprise users, IT in Canada spoke to Sean Forkan, Veritas’ vice president for Central United States and Canada.

IT in Canada: What led to the development of NetBackup 7.7?
The biggest change relative to the new release is support for a hybrid cloud environment. The new capability that we’re adding where we’re able to leverage environments like Amazon Web Services and Google Nearline, and (drive) that performance up is probably the biggest part of this announcement. We’ve also included some enhanced support for VMware, Hyper-V, and Microsoft virtualized environments.

ITIC: Why is now the time for a new version of NetBackup?
When we release new products into the marketplace, we look at two factors. One is what we feel are unmet or underserved needs within the marketplace and how Veritas might uniquely address those. The second one is making sure we’re building both backward and forward looking support into the products.

We want to make sure we’re continuing to support all the capabilities we have within the product, and then also bring in these new capabilities as well.

ITIC: What are some of the benefits that NetBackup 7.7 offers businesses?
We are trying to ensure that we deliver that capability around being able to protect people, which are a company’s most valuable asset. We also want to provide protection for information, which is the second most valuable asset, and subsequently work in whatever environment best meets their needs.

Whether it be a virtualized BM wire environment, a legacy Unix, or a mixed environment involving Microsoft, Hyper-V or the cloud, we want to make sure that we’re supporting all of those environments. We continue to provide support for multi-vendors, multi-compute capability, whether it be in the cloud or on premises.

ITIC: Why are more organizations considering hybrid cloud adoption these days?
Some of this is centered on dependency. Many organizations are now looking at how they deliver capability and agility in support of the business. We are taking a look at the business outcomes a particular customer is looking to drive, and then what are the inherent capabilities that technology needs to present back in order to support that.

For some customers, depending on the application or the business outcome, sometimes that’s a pure cloud environment. For other situations, they look into leveraging environments like hybrid cloud, or some of these technologies where you’re looking at a purpose-built private cloud compute block, similar to a Vblock or a flash pod.

But for other customers, those workloads don’t belong in either the public or the private cloud. So then the (objective) becomes recognizing how do you manage, how do you protect data, how does that information flow go across all three of those environments and serve that business outcome for a particular business group or business unit.

ITIC: Why are more enterprises relying on recovery operations that use cloud storage services?
In our case, we’re still seeing that’s an emerging opportunity for customers. A lot of enterprise customers are still maintaining a lot for that infrastructure on premise. But for those customers that are looking for options, this now gives them a new set of capabilities that they can tap into.

There is obviously more complexity when you’re dealing with backing up into a public cloud environment. There are concerns relative to where that data is going to reside, and the privacy and security protocols the cloud providers are going to have. We know many organizations are starting to build in-country capabilities, and that’s an important part of operating in this marketplace.

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