Symantec's Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 launched for SMBs

Symantec has announced the release of a new backup and recovery product that aims to equip small to medium businesses (SMBs) with the means to quickly and easily recover lost data.

The new Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 introduces enhanced Microsoft Exchange, virtual and data recovery capabilities as well as new centralised management functionality. A disk-based solution, the software boasts the capability of recovering complete Windows systems within minutes, instead of days.

According to Steve Martin, Australia and New Zealand mid-market manager of Symantec, the financial and human resource limitations of SMBs could put them at risk of data loss in the event of hardware or software failure.

Warning against an over-reliance on any one or two security technologies deployed, Martin encouraged SMBs to adopt a holistic approach to security, in which Symantec's new backup offering is expected to play a part.

While enterprises are generally able to afford large in-house IT teams, small businesses attempting to replicate such business structures with only one dedicated IT manager in charge of all networking, storage and backups are at greatest risk of data loss, Martin said.

"[Small] businesses can't expect just one person to be an expert at everything," he said. "In a larger enterprise where's there's a larger amount of IT resources in-house, they [IT managers] tend to use multiple sources to supply their knowledge and resources."

The launch of Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 follows findings from a study commissioned by Symantec and conducted in April 2007 by Bread and Butter research. Of the 300 Australian small to medium businesses surveyed, 90 per cent were found to be backing up their data weekly, or more frequently, and more than half were found to be backing up daily.

Results also indicated that storage investments are on the rise, with 57 percent of respondents reporting to have spent more money on storage products such as hard disks, backup tapes, Storage Area Networks, and portable devices, than on security.

"I think that's reflective of the increasingly electronic world in which we all live; data keeps flowing in, and data keeps flowing out," said Steve Martin, Australia and New Zealand mid-market manager of Symantec.

"The results indicate that SMBs are taking seriously the threats to their critical business information and backing it up on a regular basis," he said.

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