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Drew Meyer | 19 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Pop Quiz: The Enterprise Backup and Recovery software market is:

  1. Dramatic

  2. Controversial

  3. In the Midst of an Upheaval

  4. All of the Above

Yep. This year the industry analysts are acknowledging the most interesting dynamic that we’ve observed in all of the years that we’ve been in the data protection space. But unfortunately, some publications still missed the mark on a major trend in the evolution of this market space. Here’s why I think so.

Ultimately, all of us in the industry are biased participants – hey, I’m one of them. But the inarguable test for success comes down to customers voting with their wallets. And that measurement is defined by revenue and units, and it is applied to a new, parallel backup market space called Integrated Appliances.

Combining software and hardware into a dedicated function appliance is not a new thing. Fifteen years ago all-in-one small office devices...

AbdulRasheed | 11 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Backup is like an insurance policy. You want it for the peace of mind, but you don’t want it to dominate your workday (also, nights and weekends!). You need to protect data on your virtual machines to guard against hardware/storage failures and user errors. You may also have regulatory and compliance requirements to protect data for the longer term.

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VMware made virtual machine data protection easy for administrators by introducing vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP). VADP is a set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) made available by VMware for backup software vendors. These APIs make it possible for backup software vendors to embed the intelligence needed to protect virtual machines by integrating with vSphere. Through these APIs, the backup software can create snapshots of virtual machines and copy those to backup storage.

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Drew Meyer | 14 May 2014 | 0 comments

 

My previous blog spoke to the concept of an "Agile Data Center," a model that customers tell us represents their future. Most organizations sit in some (or many) parts of it and are searching to move from the circles to the center.

 

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What does it mean to get the right resources to the right users in the right way? Last week at Symantec Vision 2014 in Las Vegas we introduced this concept for the first time, and expanded on it with some hard examples.

Together with Intel, VMware, NetApp, Biomni, Microsoft, as well as some of our own products, we elaborated on the way elastic resources, delivery-as-a-service and IT intelligence can...

CRZ | 08 May 2014 | 10 comments

I’m extremely happy to announce that NetBackup 7.6.0.2 is now Generally Available!

NetBackup 7.6.0.2 is our first maintenance release for the NetBackup 7.6 line ("7.6.0.1" was our "7.6 GA" release). This release contains fixes to 568 issues including resolutions for most commonly downloaded EEBs, customer escalations, and critical internally found defects. 7.6.0.2 also provides several critical security fixes and many high-demand proliferations to our customers. The significant content of this release is:

  • Almost 200 customer-related defect fixes, including 12 issues highlighted in the 7.6 Late Breaking News
  • Security fixes - most notably, removal/update of all components making use of an OpenSSL version potentially affected by "Heartbleed"
  • Parity with 7.5.0.7 - if you were still waiting for a 7.5.0.7 fix to make it into the 7.6 line, here's your update!
  • Proliferations:
    • Oracle...
Phil Wandrei | 06 May 2014 | 1 comment

Upgrading an enterprise system, or even a personal system, is often filled with mixed emotions. It can be a time of great excitement and anticipation for new features, better performance, or just having something new. On the other hand, there may be anxiety over performing the upgrade itself and how long it may take. 

I can relate to this as I am due for a new laptop at the end of May. After three years with the same laptop I am excited for a new one:  faster boot time, longer battery life, and hopefully better overall performance. A new system may even help reduce my coffee consumption. Currently, I start the boot process, enter my login credentials, and I have enough time to walk down the hall to get coffee and return before it finishes booting. On the flip side, I am hesitant to upgrade as I don’t want to be out-of-pocket for an extended period of time. How can I ensure my downtime is limited, and I am up-to-speed as quickly as possible?...

Glen Simon | 05 May 2014 | 2 comments

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Symantec Vision 2014 has arrived!

For all the NetBackup professionals who are joining us at Vision this year, I thought I would put together a summary of all the NetBackup activities and events (breakouts, labs, and meeting opportunities) that are going on so you can get the most out of your experience. NetBackup sessions are all part of the “Enabling the Agile Data Center” track. You can find more details on these activities in the Symantec Vision mobile app.

 

MONDAY

1:00pm

  • Breakout: Top Things a NetBackup Administrator Should Know about Virtualization, Cloud, and the Modern Data Center
  • Hands-on-Lab: Zero to Install in 30 Minutes or Less with NetBackup Appliances

2:15pm

  • Breakout: NetBackup 7.6 Best Practices – Protecting Virtual Environments...
Drew Meyer | 05 May 2014 | 1 comment

 

 

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In today’s world, customers expect or even demand ‘instant gratification’ from delivered products and services (thanks, Gmail).  This forces organizations to constantly look or new ways to improve their ability to respond to these demands, while maintaining a competitive edge in the market – in essence, they are always striving toward greater business agility. Forrester defines business agility as “the quality that allows an enterprise to embrace market and operational changes as a matter of routine”.

A common trait across successful businesses is their ability to efficiently adapt to the latest trends and processes that have positive impacts to business performance and revenue growth. Here technology trends play a key role in enabling greater business agility. While people, operational and organizational processes are...

Peter_E | 16 Apr 2014 | 3 comments

The growth trajectory of Symantec’s backup appliance business demonstrates that customers believe in our vision and the value of our solutions. IDC tracks the backup appliance market and calls it the Purpose Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) market. Over the last 3 years, Symantec went from 0% market share to 38% in the Integrated PBBA segment.  The graph of this growth also suggests that Symantec could be the market share leader for integrated backup appliances in the next 2-3 years. 

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The other surprise in the graph above is why other major backup providers such as CommVault or IBM TSM are not offering their own purpose-built, integrated appliances. Our decision to introduce integrated backup appliances three years ago reflects our continuous focus on reducing complexity, driving down costs, and enabling greater IT agility.  

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AbdulRasheed | 28 Mar 2014 | 17 comments

Thanks to everyone who supported my earlier blog on Frequently Asked Questions on NetBackup Accelerator. I have received a number of follow up questions (as comments) in that blog and I had been answering them as time permits. Two recent questions needed some elaboration. Thus, I thought it is better to put them as a Part II in a new blog. 

Can I use NetBackup Accelerator to backup Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices?

Yes, you can use NetBackup Accelerator to protect any NAS device that supports NFS and/or CIFS protocols. You would need a mount host that supports NFS/CIFS where the NAS volume can be mounted.  Note that a given volume from NAS device must be mounted on the same host and must use the same mount point for all the backup runs to take advantage of NetBackup Accelerator.

This mount host can be a...

AbdulRasheed | 18 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

NetBackup Instant Recovery for VMware enables you to boot up and run multiple virtual machines directly from backup image. As far as the end user of the virtual machine is concerned, there is no functional difference between an instance of VM run from production storage or the one run from NetBackup backup storage. NetBackup presents the virtual machine files from the backup storage as an NFS data store for the ESXi host. Let us take a look at the under the hood details on how this capability is implemented.

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A bit of history first. This concept of Instant Recovery (i.e. a backup copy functioning as the production copy) is not new in NetBackup. Symantec has supported this capability for over a decade, since the release of Snapshot Client option in NetBackup 4.5. In simple terms, NetBackup would treat a supported snapshot (e.g. snapshot taken using Symantec Storage...