Symantec Takes Hybrid Approach to Archiving

Michael Vizard

Symantec today is rolling out a platform approach to archiving and e-discovery that leverages a hybrid approach to cloud computing.

With the release of Enterprise Vault 9.0, Symantec is adding an Enterprise Vault Collector module that allows IT organizations to keep an on-premise archive of Microsoft Exchange e-mail systems hosted in the cloud, and a Discovery Accelerator 9.0 module with Deduplication that eliminates redundant data from the archive.

In addition, Symantec today unveiled a NetBackup 5000 Deduplication Appliance to specifically handle data deduplication using a dedicated appliance that can be set up in less than 20 minutes.

According to Brian Dye, as data storage requirements continue to spiral out of control, IT organizations need to take an automated approach to data deduplication and archiving that deletes content by default rather than exception. That means coming up with consistent data retention policies and ways of automating execution without requiring dedicated IT staff to be allocated to manage the process.

The Symantec approach, he added, allows IT organizations to keep a local archive of their data for the purpose of e-discovery and compliance, while still being able to leverage the economics of cloud computing platforms for the delivery of Microsoft Exchange services.

Symantec is making available NetBackup and Backup Exec connectors to integrate its on-premise offerings with storage services delivered via the cloud as well.

Separately, Dell today announced its support for the new Symantec offering on its DX Object Storage Solution, which makes use of a next-generation object management system rather than a file system to manage data.

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