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Kyle Drake | 19 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

In the Backup and Recovery world, there’s no shortage of acronyms and buzzwords used to refer to spending and savings.  CapEx, OpEx, TCO, ROI, etc…every vendor will use these to make their solutions seem more attractive from a cost perspective. However, when you dig a little deeper into how a product is installed, maintained and more importantly, upgraded, you can start to see where hidden costs are, and maybe that attractive “Total Cost of Ownership” you discussed back when you first purchased the product, isn’t that pretty anymore.

Upgrading and expanding your backup software’s footprint to meet your ever growing data center comes at a cost.  This is an expense that is often overlooked when the initial purchase takes place.  A product may seem less expensive than other competitors up front, but as the old saying goes, “the Devil’s in the details”. 

I want to focus on two different approaches...

Drew Meyer | 20 Nov 2012 | 14 comments

STATUS UPDATE 1/17/13: We stated earlier that we had uncovered significant quality concerns when testing VMware’s vSphere 5.1 APIs with Symantec backup products. After close work together, VMware acknowledged these issues and announced the VDDK 5.0 Update 1 APIs.

Here’s the latest information for customers using or planning to use VMware vSphere 5.1:

  1. Backup Exec will support vSphere 5.1 in the patch releases for both BE 2010 and BE2012. More details and beta program registration are available here.
  2. NetBackup 7.5.0.4 is now qualified for use with vSphere 5.1. The details are available here.

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AbdulRasheed | 01 Oct 2012 | 3 comments

 

VMworld 2012 in San Francisco has come and gone. VMworld EMEA in Barcelona is next week. It is a great event for technical audience; filled with numerous educational sessions, the largest solution pavilion and a lot of super awesome parties! VMworld issues call for papers each year. These are opportunities for you to secure a session to show off your innovative, unconventional or best practice methods for integrating VMware technologies. If your paper is approved, you get a speaker pass to the show for free. Remember these are not regular breakout sessions with product pitches you get as part of being a sponsor for the event; you get these because you have something valuable to share with technical savvy audience.

George Winter (Staff Technical Product Manger in Symantec, a respected virtualization evangelist), Roger Andersson (Sr. Technical Marketing Director in Cisco, an expert in virtualization hardware) and I brainstormed last spring as to...

CRZ | 24 Sep 2012 | 1 comment

I'm very pleased to announce that the next Maintenance Release for NetBackup 7.5 and Release Update for NetBackup 52x0 Appliances is now available!

NetBackup 7.5.0.4 is the fourth maintenance release for NetBackup 7.5.  It is a cumulative release containing fixes and content from 7.5.0.1 through 7.5.0.3. In addition, this release contains an additional 315 fixes (bringing the total fixes in 7.5.0.4 to over 700!) including the most commonly downloaded EEBs, several customer escalations, and internal engineering defects.

The simultaneously released NetBackup 5200/5220 Appliances 2.5.1 Release Update is the equivalent Appliance patch release to NetBackup 7.5.0.4.

The significant content of NetBackup 7.5.0.4 is:  

  • No new features in 7.5.0.4.  However, some features that were delivered in previous maintenance releases are included:   
    • Solaris 11 master server, Bare Metal Restore server and OpsCenter...
Kristine Mitchell | 21 Aug 2012 | 2 comments

Based on a global survey of 1,425 IT professionals, only 58% of organizations think their virtualization backup is working well. Sound shocking? It should. With business-critical applications being virtualized more and more, recovery objectives are more important than ever. And let’s face it, virtualization compounds the problem because you’ve taken one physical server and turned it into 5-10-15 or more. So why is virtualization backup such a challenge?

Challenge #1: Frustration with backup. Backup is the foundation of any sound IT process, and yet, over the years has gotten a bad rap. Why? Well according to the same survey highlighted above, on average enterprise organizations have 7 backup applications – 4 for physical and 3 for virtual. The challenge is that multiple backup products mean separate UI’s, separate policies, and a separate DR process. This adds undue complexity, cost and risk as there are multiple products to not only...

Randy Serafini | 13 Aug 2012 | 2 comments

In case you didn’t know…  NDMP was conceived in 1995 and celebrates its 17th birthday this year.   In dog years that would make it 119 years old.  In tech years, more like 170 years, which is probably a light estimate.  And while NDMP may be getting long in the tooth, data growth is causing NDMP backups to age even faster.  I mean depending on who you listen to, as the global collective, we’re generating gazillions, upon gazillions of bytes of data each year.  Yep, not very technical but somehow easier to grasp than the reported 2.5 quintillion bytes of data we created just yesterday.  In the two days it’s taken me to write this blog along with everything else, as a collective genius, we’ve created 5 quintillion bytes of data.  So let me get to the point here before we create another…

Backup is a crazy business.  Not only do we generate massive amounts of data, but someone came along and...

AbdulRasheed | 13 Aug 2012 | 12 comments

 

  NetBackup for VMware was born on August 2007 to help enterprises protect virtualized workloads. Its granular recovery capability still remains unique in the industry in implementation, performance and efficiency. We saw vStorage integration, universal backup host for Windows VMs and Linux VMs, Automatic protection using VMware Intelligent Policies, Application Granular recovery and so on. What amazes me is how fast NetBackup engineering delivers the next coolest thing just in time for newer business needs.

  Until NetBackup 7.5.0.1, VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) integration required customers to deploy a Windows based backup host. The business reasoning behind that approach was the following.

  • In the beginning, VMware focused primarily on Windows platform for VADP development
  • Most enterprises were primarily virtualizing Tier 3 Windows based workloads

Fast-forward 5 years; the new wave is in...

jmartin | 08 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

On July 26, 2012, Symantec completed another release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT). With SORT’s focus of improving the total customer experience for NetBackup and Storage Foundation customers, we’ve added the following features and improvements to the website:

General

  • Support for additional NetBackup family products (all Appliances and PureDisk) in the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor widget.  Thank you to the CFT Team for their collaboration on this effort.
  • Support for NetBackup and OpsCenter 7.5.0.3 maintenance release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports (originally made available the same day it was released via an asynchronous update)
  • Support for the NetBackup 52xx 2.5 Appliance (DeLorean) release in the installation and upgrade checklist (originally made available the same day it was released via an asynchronous update)
  • Incorporate...
AbdulRasheed | 03 Jul 2012 | 91 comments

NetBackup Accelerator is an exciting feature introduced in NetBackup 7.5 and NetBackup Appliances software version 2.5. This blog is not a substitute for NetBackup documentation. NetBackup Accelerator transforms the way organizations do backups, I am compiling a list of frequently asked questions from NetBackup Community forums and providing answers. If you have follow up questions or feedback, post them as comments. I shall try to answer the questions or someone else in the community can jump in. Fasten your seat belts! You are about to get accelerated! 

What is NetBackup Accelerator?

NetBackup Accelerator provides full backups for the cost of an incremental backup.

cost reduction in full backups = reduction in backup window, backup storage, client CPU, client memory, Client disk I/O, network bandwidth etc.

NetBackup Accelerator makes this possible by making use of a platform and file system independent track log...

AbdulRasheed | 02 Jul 2012 | 5 comments

 

Recently, there were discussions in social media and blogs on using hypervisor level snapshots on virtual machines hosting business critical applications like Microsoft Exchange. Some confusion came on account of a statement from Microsoft documented here. The emphasis is mine.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719.aspx

“Some hypervisors include features for taking snapshots of virtual machines. Virtual machine snapshots capture the state of a virtual machine while it’s running. This feature enables you to take multiple snapshots of a virtual machine and then revert the virtual machine to any of the previous states by applying a snapshot to the virtual machine. However, virtual machine snapshots aren’t application aware, and using them can have unintended and unexpected consequences for a server...