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Nuts and bolts in NetBackup for VMware: What is new in NetBackup 7.6?

Better Backup for a Virtual World is here!
Created: 17 Dec 2013 • Updated: 18 Dec 2013 • 11 comments
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It had been a while since I added something new to this series on Nuts and Bolts in NetBackup for VMware. The dawn of NetBackup 7.6 is here. It is one of the biggest releases in NetBackup for VMware vSphere and vCloud. This release prepares for your journey to Software Defined Data Center. Are you ready? Fasten your seat belts!

First and foremost, let us put some perspective on the adoption of virtualization in data centers. Symantec and VMware have been guiding you in reaping the benefits of virtualization. It is happening in three phases. You are likely to be in one of the three phases in this exciting journey.

  1. IT Production: In this phase, you are looking save on capital expenses through server consolidation for general-purpose workloads. The key advantage here is to pool and abstract hardware resources for optimal utilization. NetBackup prepared you for this phase since NetBackup 6.5 in 2007, the very first official release of NetBackup with VMware specific features. VMworld judges awarded NetBackup with Best of VMworld in Data Protection and Business Continuity category. NetBackup was the first product to ever get this recognition. NetBackup is still the only product that has won or became the finalist in that category the most number of times.
  2. Business Production: This phase is about virtualizing business critical applications and reducing operational expenses. Automation is the mantra at this stage. NetBackup prepared you for this phase since NetBackup 7.1/NetBackup 5220 release in 2011-12. Symantec V-Ray, VMware Intelligent Policies, SAN based offhost backups and integrated VMware Ready backup appliances mitigated the operational costs of virtualized workloads through simplification and automation. NetBackup 5220 and Symantec V-Ray got the attention from both VMworld and Microsoft TechEd judges bagging several awards.
  3. Software Defined Data Centers: This is the nirvana for virtualization where compute, network and storage is virtualized and managed as a service model. This phase is all about agility and efficiency for data centers. Now NetBackup 7.6 is preparing you for SDDC in 2013-14.

So how exactly is NetBackup 7.6 preparing for this third phase in virtualization so as to reach software defined data centers? Let me give you an overview here. You are zero miles away from these features once you enter the 7.6 freeway to Software Defined Data Center

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NetBackup Accelerator for VMware workloads: Super fast backups for workloads in VMware vSphere and vCloud are here! NetBackup Accelerator for VMware combines three key technologies to deliver fast and resource efficient backups for virtual machines and applications.

NetBackup Replication Director for VMware workloads: Storage array level snapshots and replicas can meet high RPO/RTO required for business critical workloads. However the lack of content awareness limits their use cases. NetBackup Replication Director for VMware vSphere and vCloud workloads enables you to make use of storage level snapshots and replicas without losing end-to-end content visibility, granular recoverability and data life cycle manageability.

NetBackup Instant Recovery for VMware: This capability enables you to bring up enterprise grade virtual machines and workloads right from the backup storage even before restoring data back to production storage.

NetBackup for VMware vCloud: NetBackup 7.6 brings unmatched support for VMware vCloud Suite, starting with end-to-end support for vCloud Director based environments. As you guys know, vCloud Director is the current foundation for building an SDDC for VMware customers. You get to protect the “DNA” of such SDDCs through NetBackup 7.6. Almost all features in NetBackup for VMware vSphere now seamlessly work for vCloud Director based environments.

NetBackup Blue Sky Recovery: NetBackup now automates the migration and disaster recovery of physical machines into virtual machines in VMware vSphere and vCloud environments from the backups. NetBackup Auto Image Replication works in conjunction with this capability to take systems anytime to remote locations or to the cloud. This feature is designed to accelerate your journey to virtualization.

Well, this is just an overview. We will get into the nuts and bolts of each of these features in upcoming blogs in this series. The first one in this series is already live. Here is the blog on technical deep dive into NetBackup Accelerator for VMware.

Got a question NetBackup 7.6 for VMware features? Ask me using the comments section below. I shall answer them directly or through subsequent blogs. We have a lot to talk about in NetBackup 7.6! 

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Earlier blogs in Nuts and bolts series

 

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BTLOMS's picture

Why spend so much money on Netbackup licensing when VMware offeres most of these functions free?

 

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vdr_10_admin.pdf

 

 

 

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John Santana's picture

So.. can this latest version of Netbackup perform image backup without agent installed on each VM ?

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John Santana
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AbdulRasheed's picture

Hi John, 

  Welcome to NetBackup! Ever since NetBackup supported VMware environments (since NetBackup 6.5 for VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3), it had provided agentless backups. It does the same thing for Microsoft Hyper-V as well (since NetBackup 6.5.4). 

  Agentless backup in NetBackup is a well mature and proven capability and it had been doing this since 2007. 

 

 

 

 

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Abdul "Rasheed" Rasheed

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Andrew Madsen's picture

NetBackup has been able to perform the agent less backup of the .vmdk to a crash consistent state on Linux and to a Application consistent state on Windows. Application consistent state needs the VM Ware tools and VSS provider installed or Microsoft's VSS service configured. I recommend VM Ware's tool. For Application consistent backups of a Linux environment you need the SYMCquiesce application because you need something to provide write to the side activity.

You do not need the full blown NBU client though to perform these backups.The only time you need it is to restore to the exact same place a file was backed up from.

The above comments are not to be construed as an official stance of the company I work for; hell half the time they are not even an official stance for me.

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John Santana's picture

Cool, many thanks people for the clarification.

I was coming from EMC Networker and Avamar environment so this is something new for me.

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John Santana
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Tony_Infowerx's picture

Does NetBackup 7.6 support VMware ESXi 5.5? There does not seem to be any information about this on The Symantec site or on the Internet in general. 

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Drew Meyer's picture

Tony, see the comments here for an update:

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/what-really-makes-market-leader#comment-9857911

Director of Marketing, NetBackup
@DrewMeyerSYMC

 

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Andrew Madsen's picture

Not as yet. That I have heard is in 7.6.0.2. Could be later.  

The above comments are not to be construed as an official stance of the company I work for; hell half the time they are not even an official stance for me.

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Efi G's picture

Does 7.6 support Unix Backup hosts?

 

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Chetan Patil's picture

Yes, 7.6 support Unix backup hosts

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craigsale's picture

When you say Unix hosts there are many flavours.

NetBackup supports only Linux backup hosts and not any other Unix hosts.

Please refer to the Compatability guide for specific Linux hosts and versions.

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH127089

Page 21.

Supported platforms for the VMware backup host and backup media

servers.

 

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