Symantec Backup Exec 2012 was received with mixed reviews when it launched.
Many complained about the new GUI. Others did not like the new server-centric mindset that had replaced the traditional job-centric method. The list was extensive.
The good news was that Symantec listened very closely to their user base. And kudos to Symantec for doing this! They realized they had made a mistake and promised to bring back everything users had loved about previous versions.
They dubbed this project Backup Exec 2012 Release 2.
Release 2 would also include added support for Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013, such as allowing granular restores. At present, only full database restores can be performed on these two products. It would also add support for Server 2012 as a Media Server.
Release 2 went into beta late last year. It had a proposed release date of June 2014.
‘So, what’s all this ditching Release 2?’ you may ask.
Thankfully they aren’t. It’s just a name change.
Rather than Backup Exec 2012 Release 2, the June release will be Backup Exec 2014.
My guess is that somewhere in a Symantec boardroom an Intern gingerly raised his hand and asked, ‘Why not call it Backup Exec 2014?’
At which point my imagination would lead me to believe that two Monty Python-inspired caricatures, with handlebar mustaches and monocles, floated down from the ceiling and each shouted “Brilliant!” in an exceptionally British way.
And thus was born Backup Exec 2014.
For more info check the press release link below. Beta is also still open.
Be sure to check my previous articles on 2012:
Backup Exec 2012 Release 2 Announced
Backup Exec To Include Job-Based Backups Maybe: PART DEUX
Backup Exec To Include Job-Based Backups Maybe