Today, applications no longer reside in just one format or in one location—they exist on physical and virtualized servers across multiple sites, replicated to other servers as well as public and private cloud locations. Without realizing the long-term impacts, IT staff typically inherit or roll out separate tools for each implementation, compounding complexity, adding cost, and often sacrificing best-practice protection. The challenges associated with multi-vendor product integration, unique feature sets and conflicting support policies make it evident that, when reassessing overall backup strategies, organizations can benefit greatly from purpose-built backup products.

Orin Thomas shares considerations for reassessing your organization's backup strategy so that it better meets your organization's needs given the increasing resilience of enterprise software and hardware and the increasing functionality of appliances and software.


Orin Thomas is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and a Windows Security MVP. He has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books for Microsoft Press, and he writes the Hyperbole, Embellishment, and System Administration Blog.

Erik Kennedy is a Symantec Sales Specialist for the NetBackup Appliances and Deduplication technologies. Erik has been with Symantec over 6 years and was previously a Principal Sales Engineer in the Technical Sales Organization (TSO). Prior to joining Symantec, Erik worked at large global clients such as EDS, Barclays Global Investors, Gap Inc., and IBM, holding many different titles for Senior Engineer to Management. Erik has nearly 20 years of experience in IT spanning datacenter and security technologies.

Mike Garcia is principle product manager within the Symantec Appliances Solutions group and a storage industry veteran with almost 30 years of storage hardware and software experience. With current responsibility for defining technical specifications and implementation within the Symantec Backup Exec Appliance products, Mike has teamed to define and drive 16 successful Backup Exec software releases, and since its inception, driven the highly successful Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance program. Prior to his 15 years with Symantec and VERITAS software, Mike focused on storage hardware with key product management and quality engineering positions at Seagate, Tecmar, and Wangtek.