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Peter_E | 01 Dec 2010 | 4 comments

At the recent NetBackup customer forum, I had the opportunity to talk to some engineers about a very cool new utility called NBDNA – NetBackup Domain Networker Analyzer.  Given the frequency with which network changes, not made by the backup administrator, affect backups, I thought this tool sounded very cool.  The command utility analyzes the NetBackup domain and its configuration for network issues, performance, and behavior. It addresses hostname lookup and connectivity between NetBackup hosts and their role within the NetBackup domain.

NBDNA does the following:

  • Discovers and maps the NetBackup domain
  • Extracts the hostname memberships by querying the configuration
  • Evaluates hostname lookup and socket connectivity to these hostnames to validate their network relationship status according to their domain configuration

NBDNA can be run on a NetBackup master server or media server. It creates and identifies a zip...

Joe Pfeiffer | 12 Nov 2010 | 4 comments

NetBackup 5200 Front Bezel
There has been a flurry of comments and discussion on the NBU 5000 here so Nicole, our marketing manager for appliances, thought it would be good to put something up about the newly launched 5200 and how it compares with the 5000.  Straight to the hardware spec comparison:




  NetBackup 5200 NetBackup 5000
Form Factor 4U
CPU Two Intel E5620 Quad Core
(2.4GHz, 12MB cache, 1066MHz FSB)
Two Intel E5405 Quad Core
(2.0GHz, 12MB, Cache, 1333MHz FSB)
Memory 32GB DDR 24GB DDR
Disk Drives 24 x 2TB...
Joe Pfeiffer | 29 Oct 2010 | 0 comments

Just a quick post today.  Back at the end of August we announced our first cloud vendor partnership with Nirvanix.  Basically it is an OpenStorage plugin that lets you create Storage Units that point to the Nirvanix cloud.  Great for slotting in to Storage Lifecycle Policies to replace duplications to tape since duplicating to the cloud means the data is offsite already.  The announcement was limited to NBU 7.0 and as much as we want everyone to be at the latest release there are a number of people who are still at 6.5.x.  So this week on Tuesday we announced the Nirvanix OpenStorage plugin is available for NBU 6.5.4 and above.  Talk to your friendly Symantec sales rep if you're interested since it's posted up on Symantec File Connect and ready for download.

Joe Pfeiffer | 14 Oct 2010 | 2 comments

NetBackup tiered architectureEvery NetBackup user understands the 3-tiered architecture NBU has with a Master Server, Media Servers and Clients. NetBackup 6.5 introduced a new 4th tier called a "storage server" that have been getting a lot of attention as of late since it sits at the center of NetBackup 7 deduplication, OpenStorage and even the cloud storage options.

Storage servers sit under the control of a media server in the architecture hierarchy and just like how a master server can also be a media server, a storage server can also be a master or media server.  It's a nicely scalable solution since all these tiers can be on one host but as you scale up and out you have the option to start breaking out dedicated media servers and storage servers to load balance or provide multiple points of redundancy (this is backup after all).

Where storage servers break entirely...

Brian_Smith | 17 Sep 2010 | 8 comments

One of the most frequent questions in the Symantec booth at VMworld 2010 was “When will NetBackup support vSphere 4.1?” Answer: NOW!  If that’s not enough detail, here are some additional FAQs on the topic.

Q: What is VMware vSphere 4.1 and when was it released?
A: See the VMware vSphere 4.1 What's New for details. It was released in mid-July 2010.

Q: What NetBackup version do I need to support vSphere 4.1?
A: NetBackup 7.0.1, which was released on August 31, 2010.

Q: Will previous NetBackup versions support vSphere 4.1?
A: No. Before upgrading to vSphere 4.1, NetBackup must be upgraded to 7.0.1.

Q: Were any new NetBackup features or capabilities introduced for VMware protection?
A: Aside from supporting vSphere 4.1 and...

Joe Pfeiffer | 15 Sep 2010 | 39 comments
NetBackup 5000Last week we launched the first NetBackup hardware appliance called the NetBackup 5000 (and there will be more to come).  There are plenty of data sheets, presentations and webcasts but if you're a gadget geek you probably just want the quick run down on specs.
At a higher level, the NBU 5000 has:
- 16TB capacity extensible to 96 TB through a multi-node configuration
- A less than 20 minute setup time per node (we've seen it done as quickly as 5 minutes)
- Tape integration via NetBackup + built in replication for tapeless DR
- Compatibility with both NetBackup 6.5 and 7.0 environments


NetBackup 5000 without bezel


Swathi Turlapaty | 09 Sep 2010 | 11 comments

Symantec™ invites IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager (TSM) customers to migrate to Symantec NetBackup™, the established market leader in data protection.
IBM TSM customers around the globe are switching to NetBackup. The NetBackup 7 Platform provides the ability to protect completely, store efficiently, recover anywhere, find easily and manage centrally.
Why are customers switching?
TSM customers who need to improve recovery performance

  • NetBackup can restore files, emails and other granular items from applications and virtual machines from a single-pass backup. TSM requires the need for two backups passes, which can take additional time and storage, and TSM’s progressive incremental backup strategy can cause data to be dispersed over a large number of tapes, which can lead to performance problems during restores.¹


Brian Dye | 07 Sep 2010 | 0 comments

As you may have seen, today (Sept. 7) Symantec announced the release of Enterprise Vault 9.0 and the NetBackup 5000 appliance.  On the Enterprise Vault side, our customers have been very eagerly awaiting both the Exchange 2010 SP1 support (roughly co-sync with MSFT!) and the new Discovery Collector offering.  In the world of data protection, I’ve heard great things from our beta testers and early adopters of the NetBackup 5000 … especially for speed of configuration, ease of deployment, and performance.  What, performance too?  Yes, it’s ripping fast! 
Of course, if you are reading this you’ve probably seen the press releases (Enterprise Vault 9.0, NetBackup 5000) already, so I won’t rehash the specifics here.
Instead, let’s talk strategy.  The first question I’ve gotten...

nicole_kim | 06 Sep 2010 | 0 comments

NetBackup users, welcome NetBackup 5000, a deduplication appliance for you to easily drop into your existing NetBackup environment that delivers on both source and target deduplication capability. This new member of the NBU family starts at 16 TB of useable dedupe capacity and can scale up to 96 TB of useable global dedupe capacity,  in a single deployment. You can install, configure and begin backing up, in less than 20 minutes, with this appliance by Symantec that is built on a Telco grade hardware platform with disks in a RAID 6 configuration. You can put the NBU 5000 appliance in your primary data center or even have it at a remote/branch office and use the built-in replication to move data to your primary data center. And no worries if you’re still a tape shop, for longer retention needs NBU 5000 has tape out option via NetBackup. And can this appliance move things along? Yes...

Kristine Mitchell | 03 Sep 2010 | 0 comments

NetBackup 7 for VMware beat out 30 other companies to win GOLD at this year’s VMworld in the “Business Continuity and Data Protection” category.
What the judges said: Symantec NetBackup 7 is a trusted product that lets you restore to multiple hypervisors and storage platforms, both on premise and in the cloud. It's easy to use, always works and has strong hypervisor integration.,295582,sid94_gci1518199,00.html#slideshow