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Feature Pack 1 for Backup Exec 15 delivers improved performance, intelligent backups and enhanced platform support

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Hot on the heels of Backup Exec 15 we are excited to announce the availability of Feature Pack 1 (FP1) for Backup Exec 15. Feature packs build on the core strengths of Backup Exec by addressing the top customer needs for hybrid environments and mark the transition away from major releases into a more continuous delivery model.

Infographic: What's New in Backup Exec 15 Feature Pack 1


Improved Performance

Feature Pack 1 introduces multiple performance optimizations with up to 62% shorter backup times with LTO tape drives, vastly reduced Exchange backup processing time through improved cataloging and optimized Virtual Machine protection through intelligent backup for VMware and Hyper-V Virtual Machines.


Figure 1 Improved Hybrid Environment Protection


Reduced Complexity for Hybrid Environments

NEW! Intelligent optimized protection of VMware and Hyper-V Virtual Machines for simplified management through automated VM discovery, VM awareness, enhanced VM backup wizard and a fully integrated and intuitive VM backup and restore user interface.


Figure 2 Intuitive Virtual Machine Backup & Restore Experience


Enhanced Platform Support

Feature Pack 1 extends support with the following platforms:

  • VMware vSphere 6 Fault Tolerant Virtual Machines
  • MS SQL 2014 SP1
  • MS SharePoint 2013 with MS SQL 2014 instance
  • MS Exchange 2013 Update 8 and Update 9
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1
  • Advanced Open File Option (AOFO) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 and 5.11


Increased Security and Supportability

Feature Pack 1 Improves security for the Hybrid Cloud featuring FIPS 2.0.5 support, adding 2048 bit encryption and moving to TLS 1.2. Feature Pack 1 also includes enhanced supportability with more than 400 overall enhancements and fixes.


Available Now

Backup Exec 15 Feature Pack 1 is available now and can be downloaded at

Backup Exec 15 FP1 will also be available via Symantec File Connect and Live Update later in July.

If you’re interested in learning more about Backup Exec 15, here are some useful links including an opportunity to get your hands on a FREE 60-day trial version:  


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