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Agent vs Agentless

Created: 15 Jan 2013 • Updated: 11 Feb 2013 | 2 comments
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Hi,

I am in the process of writing a business where I will be connecting my backup environment to the production SAN. We all know what the benefits are but this needs to be put in writing to senior management with some white papers if possible. Does anyone know where I can find a white papers outlining the benefits of Agent based backups vs Agent less (BLIB) / VMware Storage API backups? Also if possible a white paper showing a performance improvement from 1GB copper to 4GB/8GB fibre?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

VG

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Yasuhisa Ishikawa's picture

Symantec NetBackup Best PracticesNetBackup 7.1 for VMware is here.
http://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/enterprise/white_papers/b-netbackup_best_practices_WP_21195951.en-us.pdf

This is based on NetBackup 7.1, but it is almost same with NetBackup 7.5. See Table 1 in page 7 for quick reference.

BTW, Agentless is not exclusive againt Agent. We sometimes use both on single VM - backup and recover system in VM without agent(VADP backup), and backup DBs and files in RDM volume with agent.

Authorized Symantec Consultant(ASC) Data Protection in Tokyo, Japan

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Marianne's picture

I am not aware of any White Papers, but there is a wealth of Blogs and Articles in this community, e.g. Abdul Rasheed's 'Nuts and Bolts' series and blogs like these:
https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/netbackup-7-vmware-virtually-eliminates-backups 
https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/accelerating-virtual-machine-backup-and-recovery 
https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/virtual-visibility-why-you-need-x-ray-vision-backup-virtual-machines

Plus LOTS more....

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Aah! Yasuhisa found a White Paper!

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
Handy NBU Links