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Which appliance is suitable for Enterprise Vault archival

Created: 07 Nov 2012 • Updated: 12 Nov 2012 | 9 comments
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Hi,

Which appliance is suitable for Enterprise Vault archival, between the following:

Netbackup PureDisk: https://www.symantec.com/netbackup-puredisk

Netbackup Appliance: http://www.symantec.com/backup-appliance

or even this third party solution if applicable EMC Centera: http://www.emc-centera.com/what-is-emc-centera.htm

 

any thoughts and comments is greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Jeff Shotton's picture

Hi John,

Can you be a little more specific about your requirements?

Are you referring to the storage used for primary EV storage..i.e a vault store partition? In this instance the only one of the three which meets your requirements above is the Centera. However, this is a relatively expensive compliance capable device, which may not entirely suit your budget or needs

Or are you referring to migrating to second tier storage, having already got the vault store partitions on an NTFS or CIFS share, with the requirement to move this data from primary storage (in essence archiving the archive...) In this instance, the Netbackup appliance would be suitable.

Netbackup agent portal with EV : http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH126523

Once we know the right questions, the answer will likely be in the compatibility guide:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH38537 in the storage device section, chapter 3

Regards,

Jeff

Jeff Shotton

Principal Consultant

Adept-tec Ltd

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John Santana's picture

yes, the second option is more likely, because at the moment the Symantec EV is deployed as VM with Physical RDM presented to it (NTFS).

I just want to move all of this NTFS LUNs into CIFS share and then the remaining closed Vaults migrated to the cheaper SATA drive for longer term archival.

Kind regards,

John Santana
IT Professional

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Jeff Shotton's picture

John,

You need to look at the secondary storage devices then, though the built in Enterprise Vault migrator will allow you to move data to a CIFS share.

Are you on EV10 yet? Any plans to get there, and any plans to rebuild the indexes?

If you are going to EV10 and you are also thinking of doing this, then make sure you rebuild the indexes BEFORE you implement any sort of migrator.

Additionally you need to be using collections before you implement a 2nd tier migration strategy. If these are already in place, be prepared for the mass recall (meaning you need lots of free space) when rebuilding the indexes to 64 bit

Regards,

Jeff

Jeff Shotton

Principal Consultant

Adept-tec Ltd

Website: here

John Santana's picture

Thanks for the assistance Jeff,

I'm on EV 8.0 SP4 with 32 bit Windows Server 2003 as the underlying OS.

Kind regards,

John Santana
IT Professional

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Jeff Shotton's picture

Looks like your choices are limited then.

If you have to do this now (i.e before 10) consider something that tiers storage  - such as NBU, where you can initially move the data to disk, and then later on have NBU migrate those jobs to tape.

That will mean for relatively fast restores until such time as the data migrates to tape.

Alternatively use the 'hulking great NAS' approach and simply farm off the files using the EnterpriseVault migrator

Regards,

Jeff

Jeff Shotton

Principal Consultant

Adept-tec Ltd

Website: here

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John Santana's picture

Thanks Jeff !

I guess you are right man.

Kind regards,

John Santana
IT Professional

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John Chisari's picture

Just my 2 cents to add to this - don't even bother with using any other migrator apart from the Enterprise Vault migrator, even then it would be preferable to just use cheaper disks as CIFS targets and just move closed partitions to it.

Using NBU, even if it is staged to disk will cause you nothing but headaches, maybe not now but in the future - if you need to do a mass recall of savesets.. ie. re-indexing, move archive, DA export you are going to be sitting there twiddling your thumbs for a very long time.

John Santana's picture

Yes, John,

I don’t think that Netbackup device allows replication to a DR device. It needs to also be an enterprise vault target too (ie: CIFS share)I don’t think that Netbackup device allows replication to a DR device. It needs to also be an enterprise vault target too (ie: CIFS share)

cmiiw ?

Kind regards,

John Santana
IT Professional

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John Santana's picture

Wow, I never thought about that before :-0 ...?

many thanks John for your response, I guess this all make sense with the builtin Enterprise Vault migrator.

Kind regards,

John Santana
IT Professional

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