netbackup NDMP block level backup of ONTAP 8.1.2 and ONTAP 7.3.7 volume
There is some information on the NetApp now.netapp.com about NDMP certified software but the ability to take a block level backup of a NetApp volume from the filer running ONTAP 7.3.x with say 'snapmirror store' over NDMP to the tape and then restoring it to ONTAP 8.1.x over NDMP using 'smtape restore' remains to be exercised. Does anybody tried that? This would be really useful to migrate from old filer to new filer in new location.
So far talking to Symantec sales is difficult and getting an eval copy of the netbackup does not show promise. The condition to get the eval copy for redhat is that I commit to buying for the list price ($18k). Is that price reasonable for a 2 proc linux server with NDMP capability?