Guide to Veritas Backup and Recovery Products

You can use this guide to find the Veritas recovery or backup product appropriate to your organization's needs.

Veritas System Recovery and Veritas Backup Exec are two families of applications designed to protect an organization's data from losses due to system failures.


Veritas System Recovery

Veritas System Recovery specializes in full backup and recovery of systems. If a disaster renders your servers completely inoperable, a Veritas System Recovery recovery point lets you restore the entire system quickly to

  • The same hardware configuration
  • A different hardware setup
  • A virtual environment

Virtual environments supported include VMware's vSphere, Microsoft's Hyper-V, and Citrix's XenServer.

In relying on sector-level backup and restoration, Veritas System Recovery resembles a disk imaging product such as Symantec Ghost Solution Suite. However, it also provides several features of an advanced backup application, including restoration of individual files and folders from an image.

Veritas Backup Exec

In contrast to Veritas System Recovery, Backup Exec offers more advanced, powerful features. It is designed to meet the needs of organizations running complex enterprise software from Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle.

Backup Exec provides continuous data protection for Windows servers and workstations and for several other Microsoft software products, including SQL Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint, and Active Directory.

Some backup programs have trouble capturing and backing up the precise current state of constantly changing, multi-user enterprise applications. With its numerous agents and options, Backup Exec facilitates the quick backup and restoration of these applications. The data stored in the applications changes frequently, and continuous data protection ensures that you always have the latest version of your data. You thus have less need for lots of regularly scheduled incremental backups.

Moreover, with the necessary system recovery agents installed, administrators or end users themselves can recover individual email messages and database records. This is especially handy because user error is a more common cause of data loss than catastrophic, complete-system failure.

Finally, compression and deduplication options for Backup Exec will reduce the size of your backup files and make storage costs more manageable.

Veritas Backup and Recovery Products Available Through TechSoup Kenya

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