2011 Products of the Year

Symantec Corp. NetBackup 5220 appliance

Symantec's NetBackup 5220 captures bronze in the backup hardware category in Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's 2011 Products of the Year competition. Access our guide to the best data storage products of 2011

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With server virtualization continuing to make inroads in most data centers, backup administrators often need to manage backup and recovery for both physical and virtual servers. The Symantec NetBackup 5220 appliance is integrated with Symantec’s Virtualization Ray (V-Ray) capability, which allows for more consistent policies and reduced deduplication processing. It’s a scalable disk backup appliance for organizations that want both client and target deduplication for backups in physical and virtual systems.

“One of the better dedupe target appliances” declared one judge, because “it’s an exceptional combination of a backup media and target dedupe appliance.”

Symantec's NetBackup 5220 appliance can be partitioned as deduplicating or non-deduplicating storage partitions, or a combination of the two. When it’s in a combination configuration, the non-deduplicating partition is used as a staging area for faster backups while the deduplicating partition runs during off-peak hours for optimal performance. It has built-in replication, so it can share backup data among data centers, remote sites or disaster recovery (DR) sites.

The 2U device starts at 4 TB, but can scale to 36 TB with an optional storage shelf. It has two quad-core Intel E5630 CPUs, up to 48 GB of RAM, and SATA disks configured for RAID 1 or SAS disks with RAID 6. It supports 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel (FC). An entry-level system has a $32,899 MSRP (including one year of maintenance).

Find out the other winners in the Backup Hardware category.

This was first published in February 2012

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