Got a tweet the other day about my previous posts (see here and here) about Backup Exec and Unix. First of all, let me note that I really appreciate the response from Symantec – and to try to be totally fair I decided to write a blog post about it.

Matt Stephenson, a person who seems to be a well-meaning and solid guy, tweeted “had time to read the latest half true blog from Unitrends…now I need a beer…”

Katie, who works in our marketing group, contacted me – and I told her that if there was anything at all untruthful that I’d be glad to correct. After she noted that, the response from Matt was


Disingenuous: Not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.To make sure I understood, I looked up the precise definition of the term “disingenuous“:

So that I can be completely candid and sincere, let me state – I honestly don’t know why Backup Exec dropped Unix and Netware. I haven’t taken guesses because I figured whatever I would guess would be colored by the fact that I ***AM*** biased – I work at Unitrends and like the company. But my guess was that it was simply financial – that given the growth rates of competitors in the Windows-only space Symantec decided to focus on Windows and put their money to work only in that area. I’ve worked in big companies before and I completely understand senior executives

And I actually disagree with what some folks on Spiceworks have said – I think that Symantec actually made some nice progress on its user interface – and I commend them for that. My guess is that the funding that might have gone into Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Netware, and other Unix backup went to that.

But so that there’s no question of sincerity, let me be clear. I’m hoping that all the former Unix backup customers of Symantec’s Backup Exec come over to Unitrends. We want them. Period. And I’ll make a further commitment – come hell or high water we won’t abandon them.