Symantec unveils new management plug-in for VMware vCenter Server

New offering allows users to reduce the complexity of managing backups in VMware-virtualised environ

Symantec, a provider of security, storage and systems management offerings, has unveiled new management plug-in for VMware vCenter Server available to Backup Exec 2010 customers.

The new offering allows users to reduce the complexity of managing backups in VMware-virtualised environments by providing a comprehensive view of virtual machines and exposes granular details of virtual machine backups, all from within the VMware vCenter Server console or the VMware vSphere Client.

Symantec said that the Backup Exec protects more than 40,000 VMware hosts and an estimated one million VMware guests, and the new Backup Exec Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter Server helps customers save time and reduce the risk of unprotected data in virtual environments.

The Backup Exec Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter Server works with the core Backup Exec virtualisation features to provide a consolidated protection status view of all virtual machines within the VMware vCenter Server or VMware vSphere Client.

The new offering enables customers to view: the last run of backup and next scheduled backup; the type of backup (full, incremental, differential) and backup policy; and the potential risky policies such as unprotected virtual machines.

In addition, the VMware Ready offering, Backup Exec 2010 provides a single tool that allows companies to protect physical and virtual servers, manage disk and tape targets, backup full machines and individual files, execute hot backups and restores of applications and databases in virtual environments.

VMware global strategic alliances vice president Parag Patel said the strong technology partnership between VMware and Symantec enables their joint customers to reap the comprehensive benefits of their offerings to deliver faster VMware backups, easier recovery, and effective management while reducing overall cost and complexity.

"Customers are increasingly moving production workloads into VMware environments, and Symantec Backup Exec provides a simplified way to help them protect and manage these environments," Patel said.

The company said that the new plug-in for VMware vCenter Server will be available by early next year.