Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that the Gynecological Oncology Group's Statistical and Data Center (GOG SDC), one of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) funded cooperative cancer research groups, now has 30 times more backup capacity efficiency and combined protection across physical and virtual environments. Symantec Backup Exec 2012's new user interface lets GOG SDC easily set up and configure backups across physical and virtual machines, deduplicate the backups, and convert physical server backups to VMware or Hyper-V virtual machines for instant recovery.

Cancer research group GOG SDC modernizes #vmware backup & recovery with @Symantec's @BackupExec 2012:

"The newest version of Backup Exec delivers confidence in our mixed physical and virtual environment. We can restore data to either platform, and the improved management interface has helped cut tape management to less than 10 minutes a day," said Scott Gould, GOG senior network and systems analyst. "This is a valuable efficiency that lets the GOG spend more time on our core purpose: curing cancer through clinical trials."

The GOG has conducted more than 700 clinical trials related to gynecological cancers since its founding in 1970. More than 10,000 GOG members at 700 institutions collaborate on GOG's clinical trial protocol design and data collection.

"Our data center is all about cancer research, a mission as rewarding as it is critical," Gould said. "We must deploy the best methods to protect the critical information that comes through the GOG, and every penny saved through increased storage efficiency frees up more money for discovering a cure. At the same time, we require simple management and Backup Exec 2012 is the most flexible and unified platform we've seen."

The GOG SDC runs a cluster of four virtual hosts running around 40 VMware machines -- servers running a variety of databases and statistical analysis packages -- and a 10-terabyte storage area network (SAN). Their previous backup system wasn't able to handle the mixed physical and virtual systems efficiently. In early 2012, Gould and the GOG SDC team participated in beta testing for Backup Exec 2012 V-Ray Edition. As a result, Gould decided to acquire a high-performance backup server and dedicated disk storage for backup data, and deployed the beta software on production data in the SDC.

Backup Exec 2012 also maximized deduplication efficiency. The SDC reduced 104,000 gigabytes of backup data into one 3,500-gigabyte deduplicated storage folder. "We're very impressed with the deduplication capabilities of Backup Exec, which have dramatically reduced storage requirements -- saving us valuable time and money," said Gould.


Solution Page: Backup Exec 2012 Solution Page: Backup Exec Family Solution Page: Virtualization SlideShare: Better Backup For All Backup Exec 2012 Data Sheet Backup Exec 2012 Feature Videos

Connect with Symantec

Follow Symantec on Twitter Follow Symantec Backup Exec on Twitter Join Symantec on Facebook Subscribe to Symantec News RSS Feed View Symantec's SlideShare Channel Visit Symantec Connect Business Community

About Symantec Symantec protects the world's information, and is the global leader in security, backup and availability solutions. Our innovative products and services protect people and information in any environment -- from the smallest mobile device, to the enterprise data center, to cloud-based systems. Our industry-leading expertise in protecting data, identities and interactions gives our customers confidence in a connected world. More information is available at or by connecting with Symantec at:

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you would like additional information on Symantec Corporation and its products, please visit the Symantec News Room at All prices noted are in U.S. dollars and are valid only in the United States.

Symantec and the Symantec Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Any forward-looking indication of plans for products is preliminary and all future release dates are tentative and are subject to change. Any future release of the product or planned modifications to product capability, functionality, or feature are subject to ongoing evaluation by Symantec, and may or may not be implemented and should not be considered firm commitments by Symantec and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions.

Add to Digg Bookmark with Add to Newsvine