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Symantec Delivering Remote Office Backup Software

Posted by iNext - 2006-04-04

Symantec planned next week to unveil software to manage remote office data backup and recovery, which includes encryption of the data as it is replicated locally or to a central data center or off-site disaster recovery center.

The new Veritas NetBackup 6.0 PureDisk Remote Office Edition, based on technology acquired when the Cupertino, Calif.-based company acquired Belgium-based Data Center Technologies last year, encrypts backups in transit and when it is stored on disk, said Mike Adams, group manager for NetBackup product marketing.

PureDisk is aimed at centralizing the data from multiple remote offices to a company's central data center in order to manage that data from a single location, Adams said. "The problem with remote offices is that companies are not able to centralize their backup policies and typically have non-IT people handling tape," he said.

PureDisk allows data from a remote office to be replicated to a storage device at the central data center over a WAN, Adams said. The software can also replicate date from multiple servers to a single server in a remote office, with that single server's data then replicated to the central data center, he said. From the data center, it can then be replicated to a remote disaster recovery site and to a tape library for archiving.

Along with replication, PureDisk also provides single-instance storage, which means that duplicate files are eliminated during the replication process in order to decrease the amount of storage needed for the replications, Adams said.

In addition to the data, PureDisk also captures the metadata of replicated files in order to let users search for stored files according to such attributes as file name and creation date.

The software also secures the data by encrypting it during the replication process and when it is on disk using 256-bit Blowfish encryption. It also includes integrated encryption key management, Adams said.

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