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History of NetBackup - Good to Know

Created: 17 Jun 2009 • 4 comments
Deepak W's picture
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History of NetBackup

 * In 1987, a backup software solution was written by a small group of engineers at Control Data for Chrysler Corporation, and later adopted by other customers of Control Data.
* In 1990, Control Data formed the Automated Workstation Backup System (AWBUS) business unit. The first version of AWBUS supported two tape drives in a single robotic carousel with the SGI IRIX operating system.
* In 1993, Control Data renamed the product to BackupPlus 1.0. (This is why many NetBackup commands have a 'bp' prefix.) Support for media Volume Management and Server Migration/Hierarchical Storage Management was added.
* In the end of 1993, the product and Control Data’s Storage Management 12-person team were acquired by Openvision. This is why, on UNIX platforms, NetBackup installs into /usr/openv. During this time, Open Vision renamed Backup Plus to NetBackup.
* On May 6, 1997 Veritas acquired Openvision, NetBackup formally became a Veritas product.
* In 2005 Symantec acquired Veritas and NetBackup became a Symantec product. Also in this year, the 30th version of NetBackup was released as NetBackup 6.0.

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kkate's picture

Hey, I didnt knew that.
I was wondering why most of the commands start with bp, that query got resolved

thanks for the info...

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Stumpr2's picture

I am a firm believer in providing the source of my research for my  posting, so I am giving an assist to Deepak. :-)

VERITAS ain't it the truth?

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MitchR's picture

For the trivia buff, here's Backup Exec's biography.  Remember those little QIC-80 tape cartridges?  Remember doing the "Floppy Shuffle" with piles of 5.25" disks?

1982 - Maynard Electronics started. Maynard's software is known as "MaynStream."
1989 - Maynard is acquired by Archive Corp. MaynStream is available for DOS, Windows, Macintosh, OS/2, and NetWare.
1991 - Quest Development Corporation is independently formed to develop backup software under contract for Symantec.
1993 - Archive is acquired by Conner Peripherals. Conner renames the software "Backup Exec."
1993 - Quest acquired rights to FastBack for Macintosh, and hired its principal author, Tom Chappell, from Fifth Generation Systems.
1994 - Conner creates a subsidiary, Arcada Software, by acquiring Quest and merging it with their existing software division.
1995 - Arcada acquires the SyTron division from Rexon, including their OS/2 backup software.
1996 - Conner is acquired by Seagate Technology and Arcada is merged into its subsidiary Seagate Software.
1999 - VERITAS Software acquires Seagate Software's Network and Storage Management Group, which included Backup Exec.
2005 - Symantec acquired VERITAS, including both Backup Exec and NetBackup, a completely different backup software package.

Mark this post as the solution, and have good luck for 7 years.
Forget to mark this as the solution, and tomorrow your server will crash.

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help-123's picture

Very good information and timely.


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