Veritas Technologies has announced the release of Feature Pack 5 for Backup Exec 15, its data protection solution for mid-sized organizations. Backup Exec delivers powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use backup and recovery for the entire IT infrastructure regardless of platform: virtual, physical and cloud. With the new release, administrators can migrate their backup smoothly to the cloud while adhering to critical disaster recovery processes without increasing complexity. They can also improve their recovery times for virtual environments and minimize the downtime of critical services within the company.
Feature Pack 5 comes with an array of new features and improvements including instant recovery for VMware and Hyper-V, a new customizable cloud connector, support for Cloudian HyperStore and SQL support.
Instant Recovery for VMware and Hyper-V: New intelligent instant recovery reduces the time, effort and complexity of restoring virtual machines on VMware and Microsoft environments. Administrators can restart a virtual machine directly from the backup set and do not need to mount and transfer the data set first. The virtual machine is available within seconds and users can access the restored virtualized applications immediately.
Instant recovery also allows backup administrators to verify their disaster recovery scenarios for virtual machines without impacting the production systems. They can also test a patch on an instantly recovered virtual machine before they roll it out to critical systems.
Backup Exec S3 Private Cloud Connector: Administrators can now use any hybrid cloud storage that works natively with the Amazon S3 API. The connector does not require an additional license, so organizations can quickly and easily use their own cloud storage servers as a target for backups.
New Cloudian HyperStore Support: Feature Pack 5 now includes a S3 connector that works seamlessly with storage appliances built with Cloudian HyperStore. Now, Backup Exec 15 can record all metadata of information sent to and stored on the Cloudian HyperStore. It can also manage all the external backup sets and help organizations meet policy requirements for providing secure access to the data.
New software platform support: Veritas is committed to providing timely support for new platforms as they become available. Additional features in Feature Pack 5 include support for the following software environments:
SQL Server 2016
Exchange 2016 CU2
SharePoint 2013 with SQL2016 instance
SQL Server 2014 SP2
Exchange 2013 CU13
SharePoint 2010 and 2013 CUs
“Managing and protecting data is becoming more challenging every day, given the rapid growth of information an organization possesses across cloud, physical and virtual systems. Based on our recent survey of over 900 global mid-sized organizations, they expect their data volume to increase by an average of 33% over the next three years,” said Mark Nutt, SVP Worldwide Channel at Veritas. “We are committed to continually improving the capabilities of Backup Exec for our customers and partners to help them keep pace with the growing data protection demands across complex environments.”