Symantec NetBackup Vs. Backup Exec


If you're looking at Veritas backup solutions for your business network, it may be difficult to determine the best choice. Both Veritas NetBackup 7 and Veritas Backup Exec 2010 offer many options for small networks to enterprise environments. In most cases, the size of your network will determine the right option, as well as your expectations for growth in the coming years.


  • Although both product lines can accommodate varying networks and platforms, the primary difference between NetBackup and Backup Exec is scale. NetBackup is designed for large enterprise networks and data centers, while Backup Exec is designed primarily for smaller networks. NetBackup is more appropriate for multi-platform networks, while Backup Exec is usually found in networks that are primarily Windows-based. Backup Exec can be purchased online from Symantec and from retail locations, whereas NetBackup is available only through authorized partners and resellers.


  • Both NetBackup and Backup Exec allow for centralized management of backup processes and disaster recovery across entire networks using multiple platforms, over multiple locations. Both are available as software installed on a server or as an appliance. Both have a cloud option for offsite storage. Both are scalable from small single-server environments to enterprises. Although Symantec doesn't generally promote NetBackup as a small business solution, the NetBackup Starter Kit is designed for networks as small as five clients.


  • The Symantec NetBackup Platform consists of five product families: NetBackup 7, NetBackup Appliances, NetBackup RealTime, OpsCenter Analytics and Enterprise Vault. NetBackup 7 is available in three editions: Starter Pack, Server and Enterprise Server. Features include image-level backup and instant file-level recovery from incremental, block-level backups. Backups can be performed from a single location across multiple locations and domains. Deduplication of data across multiple sites is built into the software, reducing file storage sizes and faster backup times.

Backup Exec

  • Backup Exec 2010 can be purchased on its own, with agent software packages and additional options added as needed. You can also purchase one of five different software suites, which come bundled with additional options, such as the Deduplication Suite or VMware Suite. Agents include Remote Agent for Linux or UNIX Servers, Macintosh and Netware Servers, as well as specific software running on Windows Servers, like SQL, Exchange, SharePoint, SAP and Oracle. For networks running entirely on Microsoft Small Business Server, a separate edition is available: Backup Exec 2010 for Windows Small Business Server.


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