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Russell_Roering | 02 Dec 2014 | 0 comments

NBU5230.jpegIn part one of our focus on appliances, we talked about backup appliances in the data center acting in much the same set-it-and-forget-it way as appliances in our home. Though small in stature, these tiny giants provide a large footprint in terms of flexibility and efficiency. The first post stressed what may be the most important advantage of an appliance from a data center manager’s perspective: simplicity. Simple, efficient data backups provided by Purpose Built Backup Appliances (PBBAs) save time and eliminate headaches by backing up across platforms and clouds and providing the most reliable and efficient restore possible. Even more important than simply providing simplicity, PBBAs are a great way to create significant cost savings both...

Russell_Roering | 14 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

NBU5230.jpegOver time IT professionals have seen the technology we most need change dramatically. Though seemingly small and simple, backup appliances in the data center can be added to our lives with little or no effort, perform with little outside intervention needed, provide significant time savings and generally require no configuration. Because of the simplicity they provide, appliances can free-up resources in your enterprise in ways you may not even imagine.


So what role do these small but mighty backup appliances play in a data center? The answer isn’t simple as there are many. A Purpose Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) can help enable application availability, provide dynamic backup, and assist in rapid data recovery, all integrated into a single appliance. Although their uses are many, their true...

CRZ | 10 Nov 2014 | 2 comments

I’m extremely happy to announce that NetBackup and NetBackup Appliances are now Generally Available!

NetBackup is our latest maintenance release for the NetBackup 7.6 line.  This release contains fixes to 262 issues (bringing our total to over 1100!) including resolutions for most commonly downloaded EEBs, customer escalations, and critical internally found defects. also provides several critical security fixes and many high-demand proliferations to our customers. The significant content of this release is:

  • Over 120 customer-related defect fixes, including nine issues highlighted in the 7.6 Late Breaking News


  •     MSC - W2012 MSCS
  •     EV 11
  •     BMR AF Disk Support


  •     Increasing FT Pipes for FT Media Server    
  •     Java UI...
AbdulRasheed | 20 Oct 2014 | 2 comments

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers unify computing, networking, management, virtualization, and storage access into a single integrated architecture. This unique architecture enables end-to-end server visibility, management, and control in both bare metal and virtual environments. As you guys might remember, Symantec NetBackup is the first and only enterprise backup solution to achieve Cisco’s official Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) certification for its superior scale and agility to protect workloads on both virtual and bare metal configurations.

Whether you are deploying UCS with your own choices of storage or consuming it as part of popular converged infrastructure solutions like NetApp FlexPod or VCE VBLOCK, there is more great news for Cisco UCS customers. Symantec NetBackup now announces protection for Cisco UCS service profiles thereby enabling end-to-end coverage for UCS based data center across bare-...

AbdulRasheed | 02 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

Last week we made a shocking revelation. The storage snapshot integration from Competitor ‘C’ barely meets the RPOs that are already achievable in NetBackup Accelerator where operationally expensive storage integration is not required. In terms of solution implementation, we were comparing apples and oranges. Now it is time to compare apples to apples.

Well, it is time to break more news. While Competitor ‘C’ is trying to position itself as the spokesperson of snapshot management, the engineering details are nowhere close to what marketing tends to spit out. The glistering messages are just a cover for poorly designed integration that defeats the very purpose of why someone should use snapshots in the first place. NetBackup Replication Director beats Competitor ‘C’, securing an impressive score of 16:1 for a workload...

AbdulRasheed | 19 Sep 2014 | 14 comments


Data protection is to meet recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) of an organization’s information. Traditional wisdom states that mission critical applications require data protection methods delivering superior RPO (the less is the amount of data lost during recovery) and RTO (the faster to recover). A data protection solution may provide one of more methods to deliver different tiers of RPOs and RTOs.

In general, methods for establishing RPOs and RTOs improve in the following order…

Streaming backups < storage snapshots < continuous data protection

This is the story of a vendor promoting themselves as the advocates of storage snapshots. Symantec’s social media policy teaches me to be discreet and respectful of the competition. Hence let me refer to this vendor as Competitor ‘C’.

This Competitor ‘C...

CRZ | 04 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

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

NetBackup is the latest update for NetBackup 52xx Appliances and the equivalent Appliance patch release to NetBackup  It can be applied in an upgrade to Appliances running ANY 2.5.x or 2.6.0.x version.

This release includes all 336 fixes included in the NetBackup release, including resolutions for most commonly downloaded EEBs, customer escalations, and critical internally found defects.

The release also contains:

  •     Built-in VLAN support
  •     Active Directory CLISH configuration
  •     Web console usability enhancements

To download, please visit the following page:

NetBackup Appliance Release

To check to see if your...

AbdulRasheed | 01 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

Nutanix is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution where each node is a self-sufficient set of compute and storage resources to run workloads. Four Nutanix nodes form a Nutanix Block. Multiple Nutanix Blocks can be acquired for pooling compute and storage. Nutanix follows ‘shared nothing’ architecture for storage. While storage from multiple nodes are pooled and presented as a single name space, data locality is ensured as much as possible with the use of a service VM on each node that keeps hot data on server flash and moves cold data to hard drives. Making data copies on other nodes in the cluster ensures availability. For a simple visual on Nutanix architecture, I recommend watching this video

One of the most popular use cases of Nutanix is to run VMware vSphere. How do you backup workloads on VMware vSphere if they are running on Nutanix platform?

Just like any other platform for hosting VMware vSphere,...

Phil Wandrei | 06 Jul 2014 | 5 comments

On Monday July 7th Symantec announced the release of NetBackup 5230 and 5220 expanded capacity.

While this may seem like another product “speeds and feeds” announcement, it is more than that. I believe there are three (3) reasons why this release is significant:   

  • Confirms Symantec’s commitment to NetBackup and NetBackup appliances.

  • Validates Symantec as a leading integrated backup appliance.

  • Delivers investment protection to our customers.

Don’t get me wrong, increasing the capacity is important, but the underlying message of “why this matters” is even more important. 

Our Commitment to NetBackup Appliances

I started with Symantec and NetBackup appliances a little more than three (3) years ago. Back then, it seemed the competition was constantly throwing FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) as Symantec was “only a software company”, and “not in appliances for...

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.


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.