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Announcing Feature Pack 2 (FP2) for Veritas Backup Exec 16

I’m very excited to announce the general availability of the latest feature pack release for Veritas Backup Exec™ 16.

Over the last few years, Backup Exec has been evolving at a rapid pace, making more features and functionality available to our users on quarterly basis. Backup Exec 16 FP2 races forward to protect the cloud-ready organizations, with new features and enhancements suited for your multi-cloud needs, boost agility, and increase IT efficiency.

New capabilities:

  • S3 compatible cloud storage support - Backup Exec continues to expand its cloud capabilities, allowing customers flexible cloud options. You can now configure any S3 compatible cloud storage devices with Backup Exec.
  • Dedupe to cloud - Reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) with comprehensive dedupe to cloud that can save storage and infrastructure costs.
  • CloudConnect Optimizer - Automatically detects and corrects variations in the “Write Connections” setting so backups better utilize available network bandwidth.
  • Easy upgrades with Backup Exec™ Migration Assistant - The new Backup Exec Migration Assistant lets you easily migrate your data from one Backup Exec server (source) to another Backup Exec server (destination).

New platform support:

  • Expanded cloud integration with support for Microsoft Azure Government Cloud, Microsoft Azure China, and Microsoft Azure Germany
  • Improves accessibility of cloud storage data with support of the Regional storage class for Google cloud storage
  • AWS Government (Non-FIPS compliance)
  • NetApp FAS Series with Data ONTAP v 9.1
  • Exchange 2016 CU6
  • Exchange 2013 SP3 CU17 (KB4012114)

General fixes

A number of minor product issues and optimizations have been addressed in Backup Exec 16 FP2. For more information, click here to view the Backup Exec 16 FP2 Release Notes.

Accessing the Backup Exec 16 FP2 update

Customers with existing Backup Exec 16 deployments can download FP2 today using the link below. Availability via Live Update is expected to follow within the next 15 days.

Links and downloads:

Learn more about what’s new in Backup Exec 16 FP2

Download Backup Exec 16 FP2

Backup Exec Home Page

Just the beginning, more enhancements are in the works

Our goal is to make Backup Exec experience simple, fast, and efficient to enable you to achieve more easily what you need to get done while increasing features and functionality. We’ll be adding further enhancements in the near future, including:

  • GDPR compliance – One in particular that has been top of mind for me is the upcoming Information Map integration. Companies across the board are in the midst of preparing for the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which goes live in May of 2018. The direct integration between Backup Exec and Information Map will help organizations to stay compliant and quickly visualise data to understand who it belongs to, where it is and what type of data it is.
  • Office 365 backup – Organizations are increasingly looking to Microsoft to help power their digital transformation as they adopt Office 365. These same organizations look to Veritas to help protect their data. Veritas is working to integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Office 365 to make sure your Office 365 data is recoverable and protected.

The future of Backup Exec is bright, and we are excited to collaborate with you on our next steps, and to empower you, your teams and your organization to do more.

Your feedback really does make a difference

Would love to hear your thoughts, please feel free to post questions and comments below.

Thank you for choosing Veritas Backup Exec. We are working hard to bring you the most productive experience ever.

Simon Jelley, General Manager, Backup Exec

Forward-looking Statements: Any information regarding pre-release Veritas offerings, future updates or other planned modifications is subject to ongoing evaluation by Veritas and therefore subject to change. This information is provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied.  Customers who purchase Veritas offerings should make their purchase decision based upon features that are currently available.