Symantec has introduced Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery. Where Backup Exec restores individual files or folders, Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) restores complete systems. It uses technology from Symantec LiveState Recovery.

End users can recover systems to dissimilar hardware platforms and virtual environments.

Symantec has, in effect, rebranded the LiveState Recovery thingy (a Tony Blair term) and dropped its price by 30 percent in order to pump up sales. The technology comes, I believe, from Symantec's September, 2003 purchase of PowerQuest.

Is this trying to make a silk purse out of a pigs ear type activity? There's no reason to suppose so as system recovery is a worthwhile objective. Systems fail much less often than files get lost or mislaid so there's less need for a product and that has pricing implications.

It is a pity that that data file protection and system recovery aren't seen as two aspects of one product. I'd quite like to have such an all-in-one data+system protection facility.

However, there is no communication or connection between the two Backup Exec products other than the branding. It may come though. Wouldn't it be good if it did?

BESR is aimed at small to medium businesses and comes in three flavours: server, small server, and desktop. Prices range from around $70 to $1,070 in the USA. That seventy dollars is cheap as chips. At that price I can afford to throw it away if it doesn't work. I'd go for it.