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Stephen Stange | 30 Aug 2010 | 6 comments

The 7.0.1 release continues to build on the strong foundation started with NetBackup 7. Customer adoption of NetBackup 7 has been faster than any of our previous major releases and 7.0.1 will only further accelerate this adoption. 7.0.1 has several exciting new features in it as well as updates for NetBackup 7, here are a few highlights.

Client Offline: This feature allows you to easily designate specific clients as being offline or unavailable for backup for a fixed period of time. By doing so you can reduce the amount of time  spent troubleshooting failed backups that were known to be offline to begin with. Specific duration times can be set so the client  will automatically come back online and resume with the next incremental or full backup.  I know you will be excited about this feature because it was the top voted feature on our ideas portal (symantec.com/connect/ideas). By the way...

Kristine Mitchell | 30 Aug 2010 | 0 comments

Any IT professional I talk to are always hungry for best practices and documented performance benchmarks. I know, I know….performance benchmarks are good – as long as they detail the test environment – but at the end of the day….it isn’t until you run it in your environment that you really see how it will work (or more likely, find out how slow your network is). That reality aside…. the good news is that NetBackup and Cisco have teamed up to provide some detailed best practices and benchmark metrics for protecting VMware that you can take to the bank. Using NetBackup’s native integration for VMware and built-in VM-optimized deduplication, VMware vStorage API for Data Protection, and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) – the best of all three worlds have been brought together to provide some really awesome benefits including:

  • The ability to protect over 3,000 VMs on a single backup host
  • Effective media server...
The real Alex Davies | 18 Aug 2010 | 0 comments

Probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of some of the newer disk based backup technologies like OST and PDDO is exactly how you use them as part of your site DR strategy, particularly if your DR domain is separate from your production domain.

Sure, if you have one domain spanning multiple sites you can write your backups to deduplicating disk storage at one site and copy it to another site using optimized duplication but that second site needs to be part of the same NetBackup domain to do that and it’s not much use on its own if you lose the first site and that’s the only place you have a master server.

Of course you could be replicating your catalog to a standby master server at the second site but to do that Symantec says you need clustered master servers on both sites.

In NetBackup 6.5.4 Symantec allows you to write your catalog backups to these newer disk types.  You can even duplicate the catalog backup between sites with storage...

Peter_E | 17 Aug 2010 | 0 comments

I’ve never meant anybody who likes to move.  I just did it and I’m in the club.  Moving = Not Fun.  It’s not just packing.  It’s the rebound. The unpacking at your destination really kills you.  To avoid early death by moving, I’ve simply left much of it in boxes, in the garage.  I don’t need a lot of my stuff on a daily basis, much less monthly basis.  Now I’m ready to throw it out, but what about recycling? 

To my surprise recycling some things in the bay area, epicenter for many green initiatives, is not easy as you might think. I’m not talking about your 27” TV from 1990.  I’m talking about basic stuff - packing material – the stuff they use to protect precious electronics or new furniture. Turns out those large pieces of foam (aka Styrofoam or technically called expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) are not so easy to recycle.  And it’s not good for the...

Brian_Smith | 28 Jun 2010 | 3 comments

I love a good infomercial. In the short span of 30 minutes, they try to convince me that their product is completely revolutionary and I cannot live without it. They predictably offer to deliver not one, but two for the price of one (S&H charges excluded). I know their claims are exaggerated. I know I don’t need one, let alone two. I am highly skeptical. Yet, I’m sold! I am so intrigued that I find their website and enter my credit card number. Highly absorbent rags, exercise videos, belts promising six-pack abs, juicers, acne treatments, and regrettably, make-up for my wife (good intentions - bad idea). I’ve bought them all. Some I return, while others exceed my expectations.

In NetBackup 7, the combination of virtualization protection and deduplication offers some elements of a good infomercial. It sounds revolutionary and exceptional. In a way, there are 2-for-1 savings. After years of backing up physical servers to tape, how can NetBackup 7 make...

Joe Pfeiffer | 15 Jun 2010 | 0 comments

Hey Everyone.  We're conducting a short survey intended to find out a little about how much money your company spends on the IT budget and specifically on backup and archiving.  Appreciate any help you can give us since it helps us build better products!  Check it out here.  We all listen to the analysts but first hand feedback is always the best - feel free to share some more details in the comments here below.

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Joe Pfeiffer | 11 May 2010 | 0 comments

Today at EMC World in Boston EMC announced a new piece of software to complement their DataDomain hardware appliance systems called "DD Boost".  Press release here.  Built on top of Symantec OpenStorage, the DD Boost package moves the dedupe process to the NetBackup Media Server from the DataDomain controller thus reducing the needed bandwidth between a Media Server and a DataDomain device.  Nice.  It allows them to also dramatically ramp their performance numbers and double the advertised throughput.  It will be interesting to see what the other OpenStorage vendors will do to catch up.

It's great to see OpenStorage vendors like EMC DataDomain building even more functionality on top of the API.  The first purpose of OpenStorage was to remove the limitation of talking to these disk devices as tape (VTL).  Now that almost every major disk...

Brian_Smith | 05 Apr 2010 | 3 comments

In the link below, Microsoft announced plans to discontinue Itanium support after Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2, and Visual Studio 2010.  Their mainstream support will end mid-2013 and extended support in mid-2018.
 

http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2010/04/02/windows-server-2008-r2-to-phase-out-itanium.aspx

This should not come as a surprise.  Circa 2008, Backup Exec and NetBackup forecasted this event.  Backup Exec discontinued IA64 support in their BE 12 release.  NetBackup discontinued support for IA64 master/media servers with the release of Windows Server 2008; only NetBackup IA64 client is available for WS2008.  It's likely that NetBackup 7 will continue to support the IA64 client through Microsoft's lifecycle.  However, it may eventually ...

Brian_Smith | 25 Feb 2010 | 4 comments

As you may have heard from VMware, the end is near for their VMware Consolidated Backup product, or VCB.  It has been superseded by a new technology called vStorage APIs for Data Protection, or VADP.  See their posting at http://app.connect.vmware.com/e/es.aspx?s=524&e=12880125.

In NetBackup 6.5.1, we introduced "NetBackup for VMware" which requires VCB from VMware.  The VCB requirement remains in all later NetBackup 6.5.x releases.  There are no plans to support VADP in NetBackup 6.5.

In NetBackup 7, which is now available, we support both VCB and VADP.  In fact, we support mixed environments of both, which recognizes that customers do not likely upgrade all ESX servers at once.

There is even more good news: you do not need to upgrade to "vSphere 4" to leverage VADP (but vSphere is...

TimBurlowski | 25 Feb 2010 | 3 comments

When I think about excellence in data protection environments, I find myself talking more about process in the environment that the tools that people use. Once a company has made basic investments in staff and infrastructure, getting to the point where you can deliver services with reliability and confidence is often about simple repeatable practices.

When I speak with customers I am sometimes surprised when people have no strategy for simply questions like, "What files aren't backed up and are they important?"

In the past sometimes it seemed difficult to get a simple answer to questions like that. It's not the case anymore. In NetBackup 7, with our release of OpsCenter, you have the ability to easily report on skipped files in your environment. OpsCenter is available on the NetBackup DVDs and has a very simple integrated installation process. It also is available at no extra charge for the basic operational capabilities. An example of that would be the...