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AbdulRasheed | 05 Sep 2013 | 8 comments

Recently one of the fans of NetBackup on Facebook asked a question. Although his questions were specific to the difference between Snapshot client backup and regular backups, I thought it might be better to explain this in a blog and post this for the benefits of newer NetBackup Administrators.

NetBackup Client: The client side of NetBackup software on the system being protected. Its role is read from disk; send data to backup storage and metadata to backup catalog.

NetBackup Snapshot Client: The feature on NetBackup client that takes snapshot of file system state or application prior to performing backups. On UNIX/Linux platforms, this operation requires a specific policy attribute to be turned on to use this feature. On Windows, this feature is automatically enabled to make use of Windows’ Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).

What is the value of Snapshot Client over regular NetBackup client?

On...

AbdulRasheed | 19 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

VMworld 2013 is just a week away. Perhaps this is the one of the biggest technology events where I get to see experts who really get their hands dirty (functional IT staff like system administrators, VM administrators, Storage administrators, solution architects etc.) back in their jobs.

Whether or not you are using NetBackup, we invite you to attend the session below where we dig deep into VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) and its performance characteristics. We would share the lessons learned from extensive lab benchmarks simulating real production workloads. This will help you design and deploy a backup solution for your VMware vSphere environment that meets your business SLAs. 

Time: Wednesday, Aug 28, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Pacific Time  

( Great news! VMworld is offering a repeat session as the session above is sold out and waiting list is large. Register for Thursday, Aug 29, 11:00AM to 12:00PM if you...

Kyle Drake | 24 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

In case anyone missed the news, with the recent release of NetBackup 7.5.0.6, one of the new features included was certified backup support for SAP HANA. 

We've done a lot to promote this functionality with webcasts, Google+ Hangouts and collateral.  If anyone has missed anything, here are the important links to all the information around of HANA integration, including our newest technical whitepaper:

http://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/enterprise/fact_sheets/b-better-backup-for-big-data_DS.pdf (NetBackup Datatsheet-Better Backup for Big Data)

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH208919 (NetBackup White Paper-Protecting SAP HANA)

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CRZ | 08 Jul 2013 | 1 comment

I'm very pleased to announce that the next Release Updates for NetBackup Appliances is now available!

NetBackup 5000/5020/5030 Deduplication Appliances 1.4.4 is the equivalent Appliance patch release to NetBackup PureDisk 6.6.5.

This release contains almost 500 fixes!

More information on this release can be found at the following links:

NetBackup Deduplication Appliance 1.4.4 Patch (for NetBackup 5000, 5020, and 5030)
 http://symantec.com/docs/TECH205535

NetBackup Deduplication Appliance version 1.4.4 Release Notes (for NetBackup 5000, 5020 and 5030)
 http://symantec.com/docs/DOC6430

Documentation for NetBackup 5000/5020/5030 Deduplication Appliance version 1.4.4
 http://symantec.com/docs/DOC6429

NetBackup 5200/5220/...

smurphy | 25 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

The Symantec Operations Readiness Tools (SORT) team is pleased to announce the latest version of the SORT tool, now in production.  This release keeps pace with the latest NetBackup family compatibility lists and release-related information.  The following list details the highlights specific to NetBackup:

General

  • A new widget added on the My SORT and SORT for NetBackup pages titled “NetBackup Future Platform and Feature Plans” which includes email notification capability when the information is updated
  • Support for NetBackup and OpsCenter 7.5.0.6 maintenance release added to the Installation and Upgrade Checklist and Custom reports. 
  • Support for Windows 8 and Windows 2012 added to the Installation and Upgrade Checklist and Custom reports. 
  • Support for NetBackup Appliance 2.5.3 release added to the Installation and Upgrade Checklist reports.  Available on the 2.5.3 GA date
  • ...
Muzayun Mukhtar | 24 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

We would love to invite you for the upcoming usability sessions where you will share your feedback and inputs with the product team. Your comments will be very important for the projects since you have a better understanding of the real scenarios we should be designing for.

Here are more details on the activities:

·         90 minute remote session in which you will walk through design prototypes, we will request you to think aloud and provide your feedback along the way.

·         If permissible by your company policy, we will offer you a 175$ gift certificate.  Please let us know if you are allowed to receive such a gift.

Study 1:

Topic:  NetBackup Storage Management

Session dates: July 1st – 5th 2013

Study 2:

Topic:  NetBackup Replication Director for...

Phil Wandrei | 24 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

My how things change in only 3 months since I wrote “Are we witnessing the transformation from Target to Integrated PBBAs?” The local Blockbuster was closing down, and now there is no evidence of its existence. The strip mall repainted the blue and yellow interior and exterior to match the rest of the mall, and is now awaiting the new tenant. 

Within the PBBA market, there have been dramatic changes in the last three months as well. IDC reported their Q1 2013 results, Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Market Experiences Robust Growth in First Quarter of 2013. Symantec continues to lead the industry with 149.3% year-over-year growth, and outpaced both the industry (16.5%) and its competitors (EMC 8.4% and Quantum 2.5%). One surprising...

Kyle Drake | 14 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

Symantec is excited to announce that our certified integration with SAP HANA will be available to our customers Monday,June 24th as this is the official release date for the new NetBackup 7.5.0.6!

SAP HANA is a high performance In-Memory Database (IMDB) that takes Business Intelligence and Analytics to a whole new level.  Companies can do real-time analytics on huge amounts of data with lightning speed.  What used to take weeks to church through so much information has been whittled down to minutes.  But with so much data, how do you back it up?

NetBackup has become the first vendor to certify with SAP HANA’s BACKINT process.  This means that SAP HANA Studio which manages the HANA database can stream backups live to NetBackup.  There are many benefits to this method over the dump-to-disk method all other vendors must do.  Here are some important points to know:

  • Certified is different than “supported”. ...
Alex Sakaguchi | 23 May 2013 | 0 comments

Dear NetBackup Users,

I came across an awesome story about how one company used NetBackup AIR to save them in a disaster recovery scenario.  I was pretty impressed with how they used the technology, and more so by how much it saved them in a real DR situation.  Here's the super consolidated and simplified version (or watch the VIDEO):

Super Cool Industries (real names have been changed) had recently upgraded their backup solution to NetBackup 7.5, which features a slick replication technology called AIR (Auto Image Replication).  They immediately began using AIR to replicate backup images from one of their plants to another.  One day, a crazy ice storm knocked the power out at the first plant, which left both it, and another plant that relied on one of its servers, stranded.

Now, previous to this upgrade, their old way of doing...

Phil Wandrei | 20 May 2013 | 0 comments

NetBackup Appliances have been enjoying great success. I recently wrote about the tremendous growth of NetBackup Appliances, “Are we witnessing the transformation from Target to Integrated PBBAs?” by examining the purpose-built backup appliance market data as reported by IDC. 

While it is great to see market data highlighting our success, we need to peel away the layers and understand what is truly driving this growth. It is our Customers! NetBackup Appliances address the challenges organizations have to deal with today, and need to be prepared for in the future. 

Let’s look at how four (4) customers who are using NetBackup Appliance to solve their challenges; Arsys, CSX, PostFinance, and State of Michigan. The customer stories are detailed n...