There is a definite need for better data backup solutions in today’s enterprise data centers. The question is whether to continue with software-only backup and deduplication solutions, or to make the move to a purpose-built backup appliance with deduplication capabilities. Clearly, the simplicity and completeness of the appliance model are attractive, but what other less-obvious considerations should weigh into the decision?

This paper provides a structured approach to assessing the advantages of the appliance model. It summarizes the trends that have made modernizing backup and deduplication an urgent priority, the key requirements for solution offerings, and the unique capabilities of Symantec NetBackup appliances in delivering a simple, complete, and cost-effective solution.