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Pravs | 17 Apr 2009 | 19 comments

Do you seldom encounter slow mapping with flashbackup?

Look at your exclude file list. Do you really want to exclude 50% of the drive? When performing Flashbackup, setting up an exclude list will decrease the performance of the VxMS mapping. The exclude list processing requires a lot of resource and time, so excluding too much data will slow down performance.for an example if you are backing up a 1TB drive using FBU, mapping should take around 35-40 minutes in usual scenario but if you have a exclude list of say about half of TB, It may take a whooping 7-8 hours in just mapping.

Finding the fish in a large pond with millions of fish and mark it not to be fished. Not a great Idea and it need too much work to do. My advice on this, not to have a large exclude list while using FBU. your Back-ups may not work as fast as it use to.

Praveen Gupta

TimBurlowski | 26 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

 I usually don't trumpet the arrival of each new Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) that we post for NetBackup, but this one is special since we're annoucning support for Quantum's OST device which I blogged about a little while back. Good stuff. I love treating disk as disk.

TimBurlowski | 19 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

My last post showed NetBackup Operations being displayed on a Nintendo Wii.

Stumpr asked about the iPhone. I'm glad you asked. Here is a screen shotimagebrowser image of Veritas Backup Reporter on an iPhone. 

I can't help you with the "how do I get my company to expense and iPhone or a new HDTV and a Wii" - although I wish I could.

The trend is clear - smart devices and ubiquitous remote access will mean that more and more administrators will want to peek into their environment and do administration from home or the local coffee shop. All I ask is that everyone will pull over their car when they need to initiate that critical restore request :)

TimBurlowski | 18 Mar 2009 | 7 comments

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I got a big chuckle out of this screen shot sent in by a customer. If you look closely on the bottom, the buttons are unmistakeably the Opera web browser on the Nintendo Wii. The web page displayed is the main monitoring page of NetBackup Operations Manager, which allows you to monitor, manage and report on NetBackup servers at multiple versions located potentially located in multiple locations. This is fantastic, you can play a few tennis matches, then switch gears and start monitoring backup and restore operations. We don't formally test compatibility with Opera on Wii but I would like to point out that it's better to have NetBackup on Wii than NetBackup ennui ;)

When I talk to customers about  web interfaces, everyone brings up the simple use case of being in a remote situation where you need to take action or check on status without installing a bulky...

Esther Aladieff | 06 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

Growth is a problem lots of companies would like to be dealing with right now. But it isn’t always easy to manage growth, especially growing your IT infrastructure to keep up with a fast-growing business.

This was a problem facing ENGlobal, an engineering firm that provides services to the energy sector. ENGlobal has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, both organically and through acquisitions.  As a result of this growth, the company ENGlobal had outsourced its backup operations to couldn’t keep up, causing backup costs to increase by 50 percent.

ENGlobal made the determination that could cut costs and be better off financially in the long run if they were to bring data protection back in house. The company turned to NetBackup to solve its backup needs. Over the life of the project,  ENGlobal expects...

stefaanv | 02 Mar 2009 | 1 comment

How deduplication can contribute to the restore process….

A couple of days back, whilegiving a PureDisk lecture, I got into an interesting discussion about howdeduplication technologies pop up at different levels: deduplication at the source, at the target,at a gateway level, or built into the application. You name it; they are allavailable and focused on incredible numbers pushed by dedup enthusiasts.

In the case of the backupsolutions, the focus seems primarily on dedup savings during the backupprocess, where higher deduplication rates can deliver higher backupthroughputs, reduce backup time, and support much longer retention on disk. Allare correct and very efficient, don't get me wrong, as I'm one of thoseenthusiasts, but what about the restore process? That is where thediscussion touched an interesting subject...

Can deduplication be used toimprove the restore speed? The answer is Yes!

Take, for example, the remoteoffice...

Joe Pfeiffer | 27 Feb 2009 | 11 comments

This week we launched a fun little site at The first episode is up and shows our favorite little blue guy handling a monster of a large Exchange backup by using the fitness regimen of Granular Recovery Technology. There’s a few more videos to come so let us know what you think. The site lets you embed the videos so you can share them with other NBU friends. We’ve also put it up on Digg, delicious, Facebook and a few other social places if you wish to share.

As an easter egg if you check out the resumes for the characters on you can email them directly and we’re watching. We may even slip a few people a nice prize for entertaining us through emails sent to the characters. Hope you enjoy it and let us know your comments.

TimBurlowski | 19 Feb 2009 | 2 comments

This post pre-supposes that you have heard of twitter – if you haven’t, check out the wikipedia article. NetBackup has been on twitter for a while. Mostly we tweet NetBackup news or pointers to blog posts. When we see someone tweeting about NetBackup we’ll tweet back and see if there is anything we can do to help.


I have been very inspired to read about Comcast and how they use twitter as an adjunct to their normal email and phone customer service. Twitter, in addition to it's usefulness as a micro-blog platform, can be a great...

TimBurlowski | 18 Feb 2009 | 0 comments


I am constantly looking for additional data on the markets, especially as it relates to markets served by NetBackup. I have access to the usual suite of products from industry analysts as well as our own internal intelligence and, of course, I monitor industry blogs, the press and a host of other data sources. One of the odder things I like to monitor is the book sales trends as published by O'Reilly. Today in their blog post, "State of the Computer Book Market 2008, Part 1: The Market" they published their findings from the most recent quarter and year. Not surprisingly they reported that 2008 was the worst year for the dataset they are tracking – although the decline was not as steep as it was in 2001 (which precedes their tracked data set). Although sales are down in general, there are some categories reporting significant positive...

stefaanv | 18 Feb 2009 | 4 comments

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