What’s New In Symantec Backup Exec 2014

What's new In Symantec Backup Exec 2014

On June 2nd, Symantec released Backup Exec 2014, the latest version of its backup and recovery software. The new software brings back features that customers liked in earlier versions and were not part of Backup Exec 2012.

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Four Things You Need to Do to Protect your VMs

Four Things You Need to Do to Protect your VMs

According to Frank Gens, IDC Senior VP & Chief Analyst at Trend Micro, the number one concern about cloud services is security.

As you know, physical firewalls don’t inspect or filter the vast amount of traffic that originates from a hypervisor running several virtualized servers. It turns out that this is a significant vulnerability when you consider that VMs start, stop, and move from one hypervisor to another at the click of a button.

Additionally, few hypervisors have the access controls that even the most basic file server has, and once someone gains access to the hypervisor, they could potentially access and control all of the VMs housed there.

Finally, protective features have to handle all these movements and activities, and agent backups are complex to manage — with one agent required per VM.

Even with the vulnerabilities clearly spelled out, many IT managers may still have “secure the hypervisor” way down on their to-do list – there are just so many priorities. That’s fine, of course – until the unthinkable happens.

So how should IT Managers protect VMs? Here are the four key things to consider:

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If You Aren’t 100% Virtualized, You’re Missing Out

Softchoice at VMWare Partner Exchange 2013

The Softchoice team recently wrapped up the week at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) and one thing was clear: many companies are still lagging behind in their virtualization efforts. In my opinion, this is a big problem. You should be 100% virtualized.

Let start with the why

First (and always first) lets look at dollars. VMware shared a study of a Fortune 100 enterprise they completed with McKinsey & Company. The question that was asked: how much could you save by running your current IT Operations with virtualization and all the modern tools and were not held back by your current legacy systems. The answer? 70% savings in CAPEX and 50% savings in OPEX.

And if that’s not compelling enough, read on for an even more compelling reason you should be 100% virtualized.

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