by Lyle Smith

Symantec NetBackup 7.6 Now Available

Symantec has announced that NetBackup 7.6, the latest version of their backup solution, is now available. The new update features new functionality to protect the largest scale VMware-based environments as enterprises move towards software-defined data center architectures. Being the only backup product designed specifically for the enterprise-level scale, NetBackup 7.6 can accommodate hundreds of thousands of virtual machines as well as petabytes of data, giving its customers 400 times faster virtual machine recovery than a standard restore. As a result, IT organizations can now simplify and automate the protection of massive and complex physical, virtual and cloud environments---the building blocks of a modern data center.

IT organizations are modernizing their data centers due to the need for a more agile, scalable and heterogeneous computing environment. Data is also growing at 60 to 70 percent every year. With this exponential growth, as well as the proliferation of virtualization and flat or declining budgets, it is forcing CIOs to address issue of inadequate traditional protection models. Modern enterprise solutions must provide faster and automated application protection, give insight into large, complicated virtual environments and provide the foundation for partners and service providers to deliver backup-as-a-service. Symantec’s NetBackup 7.6 delivers just that, ensuring that organizations will have a modern software-defined and fully protected data center.

New Features include:

  • 400x faster recovery of VMware vSphere virtual machines. This is achieved by booting directly from backup storage as opposed to the hours or days that could be required for a traditional restore. With NetBackup Instant Recovery for VMware environments, this gives customers the ability to increase productivity and performance by powering on virtual machines from within NetBackup, making them 100 percent available in vSphere during the restore.
  • NetBackup Accelerator for VMware eliminates the need for full backups by leveraging integration with VMware Changed Block Tracking. As a result, it creates a complete and automated backup that is 35 times faster than traditional approaches. This allows customers to increase performance without compromising budget.
  • Customers can protect 300 virtual machines in 300 seconds, proactively backing up and recovering data with NetBackup Replication Director for VMware by leveraging NetApp array-based snapshots to protect virtual environments without giving up recoverability.
  • Additional features include: multi-tenant hosting options for channel partners and managed service providers to improve scalability; and automated disaster recovery from a physical to a cloud platform to ensure data is always protected and available.


NetBackup 7.6 is now available via Symantec’s channel partners as well as from Symantec directly. Symantec customers with current maintenance contracts can download the new version here. The updated NetBackup 5230 appliance is also available with 14TB of capacity in addition to NetBackup 7.6 software pre-installed.

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