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Bronze Award:

Symantec Backup Exec 11d

Given its pedigree and longevity, it's not surprising how fully featured Symantec Corp.'s Backup Exec is, and the long list of enhancements to the latest version continues to expand the product's functionality.

The latest edition has CDP agents for Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server; users can recover specific mailboxes or messages using the Exchange Server agent. Symantec says the CDP capabilities can eliminate traditional daily backups for these apps.

Backup Exec has become more app-aware with enhanced agents for a range of popular apps. Updated encryption features let admins select only the data that needs to be encrypted. A new reporting engine lets backup managers create custom reports for individual or groups of backup servers. Backup Exec can now compare its medal with the one its sibling app, NetBackup, won in 2002.

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