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Veritas moves further toward freedom, cloud backup

Veritas completed operational separation from Symantec last Friday, and this week made a minor upgraded to its flagship NetBackup software with a focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and NetApp environments.

Operational separation means the backup company and its parent security vendor are operating as separate organizations, ahead of the $8 billion sale of Veritas to the Carlyle Group. That sale is expected to close in January.

NetBackup 7.7.1 includes a connector to Amazon Simple Storage Service Standard-Infrequent Access (S3 Standard-IA) that Amazon launched last month. The new Amazon service is seen as a tier that will fit between production and archive data.

Veritas also extended NetBackup support to the AWS Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) region, a secure cloud service that is part of the AWS GovCloud.

NetBakup 7.7.1 also supports cluster-aware Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) backups for NetApp clustered DataOnTap, and orchestration of snapshot and replication operations using NetApp’s SnapVault and SnapMirror. The backup software now includes an Accelerator for NDMP that supports NetApp filers. NetBackup Acclerator is designed to achieve full backups in the time it takes to do incremental backups.

The release follows NetBackup 7.7 launched in July with an emphasis on cloud support.

Simon Jelley, VP of backup management for Veritas, said the point-upgrade is part of the vendor’s new strategy of making quarterly releases to support new applications on the market. He also said the connectors – added in version 7.7 for Amazon S3, Google, Verizon, Cloudian and Hitachi Data Systems clouds — have been popular with customers looking to replace disk-to-disk-to-tape backups by using the cloud instead.

“They’re using the cloud as a long-term archive tier as an alternative to tape,” Jelley said. “It’s more efficient for recovery because they don’t have to recycle tapes. And cloud archiving is becoming more affordable with the [Amazon] Infrequent Access tier, Amazon Glacier and Google Nearline.

With its focus on the cloud, you would expect Veritas to add cloud-to-cloud backup for applications such as Microsoft Office 365, and Google Apps. EMC Spanning, Datto Backupify and Asigra’s Cloud Backup are among those doing cloud-to-cloud backup, but Veritas has not gone there yet.

“We have not seen large enterprises move there, but it’s something we’re looking at,” Jelley said of cloud-to-cloud backup.