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How Bob could have gotten his weekend back…

Created: 16 Jan 2012 • Updated: 22 Jan 2013
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Tom:  Hey Bob, we’re planning to start the weekend a little early tomorrow with happy hour at Brit’s.  Care to join us?

Bob:  You know I would, but I have to finish building the media server.  It needs to go into production next week, and I still do not have it ready. 

Tom:  You are still working on that, what’s it been?  2 weeks? 

Bob, sounding frustrated:  I wish.  It’s been 3 weeks, and I’ll be here this weekend.  I still don’t know if it will be ready in time. 

Tom:  How can it take 4 weeks to build a media server? 

Bob:  You don’t want to know….

Tom:  Try me. 

Bob, big sigh:  Here goes.  The first two weeks I have had to: 

  • Get approval from the server team for the make and model of the server I wanted.  Then I created a Purchase Order for the server and its maintenance.
  • Determined the compatibility of Ethernet and Fibre channel cards, and added that to the server PO.
  • Had to get approval from the storage team, and then create another PO for the storage and its maintenance.
  • Next, I had to order the operating system, which meant creating another PO for the OS and its maintenance.  Oh yeah, I had to check the server and storage vendors’ hardware compatibility lists to ensure it was the correct OS version and everything would work together.
  • It took a fourth PO for backup software and its maintenance.  Let me tell you, I can write a PO in my sleep now!

This week I finally received all of the hardware and software, and built the media server:

  • Installed the server
  • Installed the Ethernet and Fibre Channel cards
  • Loaded the OS
  • Installed the upgrades and patches
  • Tested the server
  • Installed the storage
  • Loaded the backup software

That brings you up-to-date.  This weekend I need to finish it up:

  • Set up the maintenance and call home features for the server and the storage
  • Configure the system and test network connectivity
  • Optimize the system for performance 

In total, I have had to get approval from two (2) other departments; create four (4) Purchase Orders, install four (4) main components, hardware and software; use four (4) different management tools for administration; and set-up two (2) different call home programs. 

The nerve-racking part was I had to keep my fingers crossed every installation step was successful.  If a problem did occur, it may have required starting the entire process over.  At least I know I have job security as we plan to replace one (1) media server every quarter this year! 

The End of Integration Complexity

What Bob doesn’t know is that Symantec has put an End to Integration Complexity.  Symantec offers NetBackup and Backup Exec as both software solutions and appliances.  

Symantec backup appliances, Backup Exec 3600 and NetBackup 5220, are pre-configured, pre-installed with the industries #1 backup software, tested and performance optimized. They are ready to go right out-of-the-box. This provides significant OpEx savings as the time to production is significantly reduced and ensures on-going savings through ease of administration and support. 

Backup Exec 3600 appliance:  provides Backup Exec software and optimized hardware integrated into a single affordable backup solution. 

NetBackup 5220 appliance:  single-vendor enterprise backup appliance that installs in minutes, with expandable storage starting at 4TB, and deduplication for physical and virtual systems. 

Symantec backup appliances address five areas of OpEx: 

  • Acquisition
  • Installation and integration
  • System administration
  • Upgrades: software and hardware
  • Support/maintenance

How the Story Ends?

Back to the story, Tom attended an industry conference last week and learned of Symantec backup appliances, and how it collapses all of the steps down to a single appliance. This eliminates the issue of managing multiple components, having multiple user-interfaces, and multiple support numbers.  Unfortunately, Tom has not had a chance to share this information with Bob. 

What do you do if you are Tom?  How do you tell Bob that there is a better way with Symantec backup appliances? 

Tweet to Bob and tell him there is an end to integration complexity.  Creativity counts as an Apple TV will be awarded to the most creative submission by February 10th.

Tweet to Bob now:

Check out the Countdown to Better Backup to learn more!

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.