Over the years I have talked to literally hundreds of customers about their backup needs. Besides reliability and performance, a key requirement is around flexibility of deployment. Customers don’t want to be locked in. They want the flexibility to choose whatever platform best fits their environment, budget and SLAs. One of the key advantages of Symantec NetBackup is our heterogeneous platform approach. With that said, customers also don’t want to be their own system integrator so it is up to us as vendors to work together to ensure interoperability and support. With that, I am pleased to say that for customers who have standardized on the popular Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) platform can officially deploy NetBackup with confidence as the first and only backup vendor to achieve Cisco’s official Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) certification. Extended further, thanks to the hard work done over the years by Symantec, Cisco and VMware – with the help of partners like NetApp and Datalink – NetBackup has pushed VADP to the limit and proven interoperability and optimized performance with the NetApp Flexpod platform. The environment leveraged the NetBackup 5220 appliance, VMware vSphere 5, Cisco UCS 6248 and the NetApp FAS & V-Series storage and yielded some phenomenal results that included the ability to:
- Protect up to 4,800 virtual machines in a single backup system
- Backup streaming throughput of 4.8 TB/hour
- Achieve up to 50x reduction in backup storage
The details of which were presented at a breakout at VMworld in August of 2012 and can be seen in this webcast.
For organizations that have chosen the VCE Vblock 700 platform, NetBackup is one of the few backup vendors to have achieved certification there as well. And for customers leveraging SAP HANA for Big Data, the SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that NetBackup integrates with SAP HANA as a third-party backup solution, allowing customers to directly connect their backup agents to the SAP HANA database.
Seeing a common theme here? The above proof points helps to further validate NetBackup’s popularity and reach across the leading reference architecture platforms and is the reason that more organizations have chosen NetBackup as their backup platform of choice. So backup with confidence. That is if you are using NetBackup.
- Cisco UCS Software Interoperability
- VCE Vblock Ready Certification
- SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC)