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Why Heathrow and What is P2V and B2V for Backup Exec 2012?

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I’m excited to have a guest Blogger Rudy McNeese and the Heathrow, Florida office join the Countdown to Better Backup. Today we opened the launch countdown window for Instant Disaster Recovery with P2V and B2V. 

With this capability Backup Exec 2012 will expand add two new key capabilities, physical to virtual conversions, known as P2V, as well as the ability to backup to virtual format, known as B2V.

The P2V process utilizes parallel data streams to store backup data from a protected server to a Backup Exec 2012 server while simultaneously sending the same backup data, in the form of a virtual machine, to a virtual host in the environment for both VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments.

The result of a P2V operation is a fully recoverable backup set as well as a fully functional virtual machine that can be used for permanent virtual conversion operations as well as warm failover, disaster recovery scenarios.

The B2V process is similar, except that the virtual process happens after, or on a different schedule, from the backup operation.  The result is still a full virtual machine on a VMware or Microsoft virtual host.

For both P2V and B2V operations, a form of dissimilar hardware restore is utilized to ensure that the virtual machines being generated will boot and function properly in a virtualized mode.  This happens automatically without user intervention.

Rudy’s team helped build this in Heathrow, Florida and in Pune, India (One of the next cities on the countdown) Rudy McNeese is a backup guru. He is also the Vice President of Backup Exec Engineering for Symantec’s Information Management Group.  Rudy is responsible for the development of the Backup Exec family of products, which include: Backup Exec, Symantec System Recovery, Backup Exec 3600 appliance, and Symantec Backup Exec Management Plug-in 1.0 for Kaseya.


By: Rudy McNeese:

Why Heathrow as a launch city?

Florida has always been home to Backup Exec. Over the years, the product name has changed, the company name has changed, but the innovation, and best of breed attitude that has gone into each and every release has not changed. ….oh yeah, we will top it with Symantec Backup Exec 2012!

We are very excited and eager to deliver Backup Exec 2012 on the products 30 year anniversary!!!

Florida is headquarters for Backup Exec engineering, development, customer support, and product management.  The Backup Exec team has definitely had its share of hurricanes to contend with….124 named hurricanes have hit Florida since 1982.  But this year we are delivering our hurricane killer. Backup Exec 2012! When nature or anything else puts your data at risk, we help you get it back. Close to two million companies, schools, churches and non-profits use Backup Exec to protect their data and get it back in the event of a disaster. With BE 2012 we are making it even easier. 


Here is a little of what has been going on in Heathrow engineering by the numbers as the team works on the Backup Exec 2012 release.

  • Number of employees in Heathrow engineering:  168 + 144 in Pune, India
  • Average number of years of service:  6.98 years of service
  • Lines of BE Code: Just over 4 Million.

Backup Exec 2012 Stats:

  • 118 External participants in usability studies for Backup Exec 2012
  • 220 Usability issues addressed from external participation.
  • Over 1240 attendees learned about Backup Exec 2012 at the WSMC Boot Camps in 2011.
  • Over 150 SE’s learned about Backup Exec 2012 via 4 SE Rotations @ Heathrow, FL in 2011.
  • Testing:
  • Over 800 Backup Exec builds were created
  • Over 30,000 unique test cases ran
  • 10,937 Etracks fixed for BE2012

Follow the see what’s coming next. 

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