Symantec has announced NetBackup 7 for enterprises and Backup Exec 2010 for mid-sized firms, both of which offer data deduplication and archiving technology.

Symantec said the new versions of its popular backup software suites are the first to offer granular data recovery of Microsoft Exchange, SQL and Active Directory in VMware and Hyper-V environments from a single backup, meaning they also enable incremental backups. Separately, Backup Exec 7 also adds support for Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, Hyper-V R2, Exchange 2010, Windows 7 and VMware vSphere 4.0.

This is the first time Symantec has offered deduplication across its entire line of backup products.

"You're bringing enterprise-class technology - deduplication - into the mid market, and that drives really great storage and cost savings," said Matthew Lodge, senior director of product marketing for Symantec.

Enabling the data deduplication function on both NetBackup 7 and Backup Exec 2010 requires only a single check mark in a popup box, Lodge said.

Both products implement the feature at three levels: Source or client deduplication, which compresses data at the backup server, media server deduplication, which aggregates deduplication for numerous backups and third-party appliance deduplication for virtual tape libraries and other disk-based backup appliances.

"This gives you the ability to manage and control the backups from within the backup application, even though they're stored on a third-party device," Lodge said, pointing to appliance partners such as Quantum and Exagrid. "Our thought process was deduplication everywhere, but you have to make sure you manage that from a single place, in the backup application."

Symantec also added its Enterprise Vault archiving application, which already existed in NetBackup, to Backup Exec 7. Enterprise Vault allows administrators to set up policies that automatically archive backups and then delete old files.

Symantec also rolled out what it calls Console Integration, which allows administrators to go beyond monitoring backups in one data centre, as NetBackup v6.5 allowed. Instead, they can monitor all backups within a global organisation, creating a single point of management. The company also integrated replication technologies through its NetBackup RealTime tool, which allows administrators to view all replication operations from a single management console.