How to speed up Backup Exec job

We are running Backup Exec 9.1 with the Exchange plugin.
Our job backs up at last count 152 GB and takes just over 8 hours.
Is there any way to configure the job to be faster or do I need to look at upgrading.
If so does anyone know if version 11 is still available as this is a direct upgrade and if my research is correct uses granular backup which speeds up the task?
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Iamthecreator OMConnect With a Mentor Administrateur Systeme et ReseauxCommented:
The legacy exchange backups (Mailbox store) are slow by design due to MAPI limitation as compared to other backups or a backup of the information store.
Mailbox backups are handy when you want to restore  individual items like a single email,attachment or contact.
Restore of individual items is not possible in BEWS 9.X or 10.X as Granular Restore Technology (GRT) was introduced with BEWS 11.The latest release is BEWS 12.5
If you upgrade to the current version you will have the same restore functionality from an Information Store backup due to the GRT.

Please refer to the following articles for more information and other factors affecting the backups.

Slow throughput while backing up Microsoft Exchange mailboxes for Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003 Servers.

Factors that may impact the backup performance of Microsoft Exchange Mailboxes or Information Store with Backup Exec for Windows Servers

Slow transfer rate or "Drive Not Responding" while performing Microsoft Exchange 5.5 or Microsoft Exchange 2000/2003 individual mailbox backups with Backup Exec for Windows Servers 7.x, 8.x, 9.x and 10.x

Slow backup performance occurs when backing up Microsoft Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003 servers between 1:00 am and 5:00 am.

Reasons why the data throughput rate can be slower than the theoretical maximum when backing up to or restoring from tape media or disk (B2D)

What are you backing up?
If you are backing up both the information store and the mailboxes/public folders then you are basically backing up Exchange twice. You only need the information for a valid Exchange backup.

Iamthecreator OMAdministrateur Systeme et ReseauxCommented:
For more information on the GRT refer to the following documents

How Granular Recovery Technology works with the Exchange Information Store

How to restore individual items by using Granular Recovery Technology

About using GRT-enabled backups to restore individual items from the Exchange Information Store
kxcrazyAuthor Commented:
We are backing up both the information store and the mailboxes at brick level.
This is where I think I am using up most of the time.
Upgrading sounds like the most feasable solution.
Iamthecreator OMAdministrateur Systeme et ReseauxCommented:
Ideally YES
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