Symantec Backup Exec Support Comes to NETGEAR ReadyNAS

Paul Mah

Computer equipment maker NETGEAR has announced the availability of a new software agent for its ReadyNAS line of storage appliances. Installed directly onto ReadyNAS hardware, the agent adds support for the Remote Agent for Linux and UNIX Servers (RALUS) for Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers.


The Backup Exec agent is produced by Symantec and communicates directly with Symantec Backup Exec software. As you can imagine, this provides significant performance improvements for various archival and disaster recovery operations in Backup Exec environments.


According to the press release from NETGEAR, the company says it is the first vendor delivering sub-$5,000 storage systems to partner with Symantec to provide such functionality. The add-on is supported by Backup Exec versions 10.5 and newer, and is priced at $395.00. It is available for download at both and


For the uninitiated, NETGEAR's ReadyNAS family of appliances are network attached storage (NAS) devices designed for SMBs. The technical specifications are impressive, and ReadyNAS storage devices come with connectivity options ranging from single to dual Gigabit ports and various RAID options. Depending on the exact configuration, capacities of up to 24TB can be achieved on its highest-end hardware.


While I have never personally used any of the ReadyNAS devices, I confess that the sleek contours of display units at computer shops have caught my eye a few times. To me, it represents an excellent appliance with which to perform on-site backups -- either for small businesses that are starting out, or to serve remote branch offices.


Obviously, preference and requirements varies with companies. Some SMBs might opt to leap right into remote backup services, for example. Whatever the case, I have drawn out a list of backup strategies for small and medium businesses that should help you.


At the end of the day, data backup is an important cornerstone of IT for any small and medium business. Too often, however, this crucial aspect that is unfortunately overlooked in the hustle and bustle of daily operations. This is something that should change.


For those who are interested, I have also written on how I do data backups here and here (part two). In the meantime, feel free to chip in on any backup strategies or wisdom that you might have.

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