Symantec Backup Exec 2012 review
Symantec’s most radical update for years greatly simplifies the backup and recovery process
Review Date: 3 May 2012
Reviewed By: Dave Mitchell
Price when reviewed: £970 (£1,164 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Ease of Use
Backup strategies can literally be one-click maneuvers, since jobs are automatically created with a scheduled full-system backup and regular daily incrementals. You can edit the backup sources, change the schedules, replace incrementals with differentials, and add further stages.
A complete D2D2T strategy can also be created with a single click, and options are provided to run scheduled backups followed by duplication copies to tape for off-site storage. You can also create a backup job using any available media, and on completion it will be converted to a Hyper-V or VMware VM.
Smarter still is that multiple systems can be placed in groups and an entire backup strategy created with a single click for all members. A checkbox next to the source selections for backup jobs will show green if all components necessary for full disaster recovery are selected.
Other new features include wizard-assisted recovery procedures that offer options based only on what you want to restore. Previously, you had to wade through all the backups to find what you were looking for; now if you select an application, for example, only the relevant data will be presented.
The V-Ray Edition is specifically designed for protecting virtualised environments. It’s licensed per occupied CPU socket (not per core) and includes everything needed to protect an unlimited number of VM guests and their hosted applications.
Symantec follows the lead of CA’s ARCserve r16, with an all-you-can-eat licence. This suite includes all BE2012 has to offer, with pricing based on the level of production data to be secured prior to deduplication or compression.
BE2012 is a very different beast to BE2010, and we’d strongly recommend existing users familiarise themselves with it thoroughly before upgrading. Nevertheless, after scaling the steep but short learning curve, this new version really does simplify backup and recovery processes immensely.
Author: Dave Mitchell
Worst Version Ever
having used Backup Exec since it was owned by Veritas I think this is the worst version version ever. They have removed so many valueable features it makes me want to use something else. You can no longer backup multiple servers, the job monitor has been removed, jobs must be cancelled one at a time, and the interface is terribly slow. All of which is supposed to be resolved in the next release. I would give this zero stars.
By reddog on 28 Sep 2012
are you kidding?
This version is absolutely apalling. runs very slow even on a fast new HP server. took AGES to install and everything has moved so you can't find it. well done symantec for making it easier to move to a different product.
By areyoukidding on 12 Oct 2012
I would not normally take the trouble to post something like this, but the author of this review is doing the real net-admins a serious disservice by posting such misleading claims of this products greatness. I have yet to meet one colleague in the real world who likes this product after the redesign. The product is frustrating, confusing, and downright dysfunctional. Spend five minutes reading the comments section on any article or blog (including Symantec's own forums) and you will shop elsewhere for your backup needs.
By Pippin1516 on 30 Dec 2012
Are you serious???
Do you actually use this product? Or did you just copy your report from Symantec promotional material. There is nothing simplified and streamline about this....I just configured 2 simple backup jobs for BE 2010, took 10 mins. Trying to now do the same 2 jobs with BE2012.... arrghhh!!! nightmare... What is simple about an interface that no longer lets me monitor all of my jobs in one simple location.
This is like when Coke changed their recipe, everyone hated it, yet Coke just kept telling people, no, no really it's good you just don't know it yet....
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