It’s the end of an era: the end of Backup Exec. Symantec has released a notice that it will stop selling the Backup Exec 3600 appliance on January 5, 2015. When this topic caught my eye while I was reading the latest cloud computing news, I must admit the announcement brought on a feeling of nostalgia about the early days in my IT career. Backup Exec was one of the earliest products that I supported and became proficient with, and now, about twenty years later, this announcement brings on what I would call an end of an era in itself. I understand that the Backup Exec 3600 appliance is a completely different product than what I worked with in those early days, but let me ask you this. How many of you reading this post have worked with some version of Backup Exec throughout your career? I am willing to make a small wager that if you have a few years under your belt, and especially if you have been working in IT since sometime around the turn of the century, you have.
In a recent set of announcements, the virtualization backup and data protection companies have announced support for tape. Tape has always been supported indirectly by virtualization backup companies such as Veeam, Quantum, and PhD Virtual as well as directly by Symantec, HP, CommVault, etc. It is interesting to note that there is a convergence on tape support using two distinct methods. The first is to add support for tape libraries directly into their products: Veeam. The second is to add tape support by better integration with their existing product suite: Quantum. Even so, we know that tape still reigns for storing of large amounts of data. We just cannot seem to be rid of it, nor do I think we ever will be. Continue reading Virtualization Backup: Tape Still Around