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Symantec Takes Backup to the Cloud

One of the most popular PC and server backup and recovery software products is Symantec's Backup Exec and the company said this week that cloud-based support is on the way.

Symantec announced Backup Exec.cloud at its annual Vision conference in Las Vegas. The new offering is targeted at small and medium businesses and branch offices of larger enterprises that want to offload backups to a cloud-based service.

Backup Exec.cloud will complement Symantec's plans to offer expanded Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for security, e-mail management and data protection, the company said. The new service, due out later this year, will allow customers to stream backups over SSL connections to Symantec datacenters.

While Symantec will compete with a slew of other cloud providers offering such services, Backup Exec's strong installed base should give it an advantage to those shops looking to migrate their backups off site.

The service will allow individuals to restore individual files, the company said. Pricing was not announced but it will be subscription-based.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on May 04, 2011 at 11:58 AM


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