Products of the Year 2010:

Backup and Disaster Recovery Software and Services

Bronze Award:

Symantec Corp. Backup Exec 2010

Symantec's Backup Exec has a long history of solid performance and innovation, and the 2010 edition follows suit. One of our judges called it the "industry standard" for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and said Backup Exec 2010 "raised the bar for backup software features."

Its one-pass Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) for VMware servers allows unique object recovery from a single backup instead of through a secondary redundant backup that forced users to use twice the space and time for backups if they wanted granular restores. GRT has been available to Symantec NetBackup customers since 2008, and now Backup Exec brings it to SMBs. The timing is right. Our most recent Storage Purchasing Intentions survey indicates increased adoption of server virtualization among SMBs.

Symantec also fully integrated PureDisk data deduplication into Backup Exec 2010. Backup Exec now offers deduplication technology for SMBs at the source, at the media server and with third-party deduplication appliances with Symantec OST.

Finally, the Unified Archiving feature gives users the option to archive data from Windows file systems and Exchange environments from the backup copy. Backup Exec 2010's version of Enterprise Vault offers scaled down e-discovery and compliance features, but the database engine is exactly the same. This is a boon for growing companies because it allows for a seamless upgrade to the enterprise version of Enterprise Vault when necessary.

Pricing for Symantec Backup Exec 2010 starts at $1,174 for a media server license and basic maintenance. Backup Exec 2010 suites with deduplication and archiving have a suggested price of $2,708 to $3,888 with basic maintenance.

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