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How Symantec Broke Backup Exec
Zetta Shines the Light on Alternatives in the World of Backup
By: Derek Kol
Jul. 10, 2012 04:00 AM
By Nick Mueller, Zetta.net
Symantec's Backup Exec 2012, released in February of this year, is causing a lot of frustration in the IT community and a lot of backup admins want to go back to the previous version. Assuming, of course, they don't look elsewhere for a backup solution.
Here's a summary of the changes' causing frustration with Backup Exec 2012:
Changing From a "Job-Centric" to a "Server-Centric" Approach
It seems like BE did this for two reasons. First, to allow for job parallelization. Basically, allowing all servers to back up at once, instead of working down the list of servers in a single job in series. Second, to allow for better reporting - so that error reports wouldn't read, "something in this job failed" but instead, "something on Server X failed." Both of these changes seem logical, but admins in BE's huge installed base, who've used it for years, had actually had spent a lot of time creating custom jobs and now they have to go back to square one and re-configure all the backups - even ones they were perfectly happy with.
Removal of Specific Configurations
Generally Very Buggy
Extensive Changes To The UI
To compound the problem, simply declining to upgrade from an older version of BE isn't a long-term solution. This is because, as Microsoft customers know well, you can't count on patches and other tech support continuing for older versions indefinitely, or at all.
So, as long as you're being "asked" to move your backup to a significantly different paradigm, take a step back and ask, "What do we want from our backup? How can it play a greater role in our business? And how can we simplify backup from the IT perspective?"
Even if you're not using Symantec Backup Exec, and even if you haven't migrated to the 2012 version, you may have been wondering if there's a better way to do things. This is a great time to check out alternatives.
Disclaimer: Zetta.net's DataProtect product is a 3-in-1 backup, disaster recovery, and archiving solution that competes with Backup Exec.
Nick is Zetta's Corporate Reporter, and has been writing and telling stories about technology with blogs, social media, and content marketing since the days when the BBS reigned.
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