On Monday July 7th Symantec announced the release of NetBackup 5230 and 5220 expanded capacity.
While this may seem like another product “speeds and feeds” announcement, it is more than that. I believe there are three (3) reasons why this release is significant:
Confirms Symantec’s commitment to NetBackup and NetBackup appliances.
Validates Symantec as a leading integrated backup appliance.
Delivers investment protection to our customers.
Don’t get me wrong, increasing the capacity is important, but the underlying message of “why this matters” is even more important.
Our Commitment to NetBackup Appliances
I started with Symantec and NetBackup appliances a little more than three (3) years ago. Back then, it seemed the competition was constantly throwing FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) as Symantec was “only a software company”, and “not in appliances for the long-term”. Time has proven our competitors wrong. This release demonstrates Symantec is delivering on its commitment of doubling performance and capacity every 12 to 18 months. By supporting a third and fourth storage expansion shelves, NetBackup 5230 and 5220 customers can increase their system capacity:
Increased physical capacity - NetBackup 5230 and 5220 models start at 4 TB and scale to 148 TB usable capacity.
Expanded deduplication capacity - Deduplication pool supports up to 144 TB, a 100 percent increase over the previous 72 TB deduplication pool size.
Validates our Success
Symantec introduced NetBackup appliances to address the operating expenditure challenges (Realizing OpEx Savings with NetBackup Appliance) our customers were facing in IT, and to provide our customers greater choice of software or appliance based solutions. With this capacity increase, we are still addressing OpEx, and providing our customers with even greater choice:
Choice of base configurations - The NetBackup 5230 base unit is offered in either 4TB or 14 TB configurations and there are five (5) pre-built configurations: 4TB, 14TB, 28TB, 40TB, and 76TB. The 14 TB base configuration is ideal for larger remote offices or branch offices that require greater than 4 TB capacity in a small form-factor (2). The 4TB configuration is ideal for larger environments demanding both scale and performance.
Choice of storage shelf capacity - storage expansion shelves are available in either 24 TB or 36 TB usable capacity increments. Customers are able to mix and match the different capacity shelves within a NetBackup appliance configuration. A NetBackup appliance now supports up to four (4) storage expansion shelves.
Dynamic storage – Usable capacity can be any combination of up to 144 TB deduplication pool or 148 TB Advanced Disk pool (non-deduplicated storage).
Addressing OpEx and providing flexible choices has resonated with our customers as we have gone from 0 to 38% market share of integrated purpose-built backup appliances in three (3) years.
With the support of a 3rd and 4th storage shelf, this release allows customers to increase their capacity on their existing NetBackup appliance. In other words, early adopters of our NetBackup 5220 platform, along with current NetBackup 5230 customers can continue to leverage their existing investment by upgrading to the latest software release, expand the physical capacity, and extend its useful life. No fork-lift upgrade to a new or different system just because additional capacity is needed. Rather, customers can seamlessly double their capacity with their data in place.
Symantec is committed to protecting our customer’s data and their investment in NetBackup. As the leading integrated backup appliance, this release highlights our growth and commitment to addressing our customer’s needs. Now you know why this release is more than “speeds and feeds” and “why this matters” to the thousands of NetBackup appliance customers.