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Peter_E | 17 Apr 2014 | 3 comments

The growth trajectory of Symantec’s backup appliance business demonstrates that customers believe in our vision and the value of our solutions. IDC tracks the backup appliance market and calls it the Purpose Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) market. Over the last 3 years, Symantec went from 0% market share to 38% in the Integrated PBBA segment.  The graph of this growth also suggests that Symantec could be the market share leader for integrated backup appliances in the next 2-3 years. 

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The other surprise in the graph above is why other major backup providers such as CommVault or IBM TSM are not offering their own purpose-built, integrated appliances. Our decision to introduce integrated backup appliances three years ago reflects our continuous focus on reducing complexity, driving down costs, and enabling greater IT agility.  

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CRZ | 30 Jul 2014 | 2 comments

I’m extremely happy to announce that NetBackup 7.6.0.3 is now Generally Available!

NetBackup 7.6.0.3 is our latest maintenance release for the NetBackup 7.6 line.  This release contains fixes to 336 issues (bringing our total over 900!) including resolutions for most commonly downloaded EEBs, customer escalations, and critical internally found defects. 7.6.0.2 also provides several critical security fixes and many high-demand proliferations to our customers. The significant content of this release is:

Over 200 customer-related defect fixes, including three 7.6.0.2 issues highlighted in the 7.6 Late Breaking News

Proliferations:

  • SharePoint/Exchange 2013 GRT
  • MSDP/Client Dedupe for Windows 2012 R2
  • SQL 2014
  • VDDK 5.5 U1

Features:

  • NBU Support Utility Updates
  • JRE update (7u51)

To download 7.6.0.3, please visit the following page:

NetBackup 7.6.0.3 Download Links...

Marianne Davis | 16 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

Join Symantec NetBackup experts for a Twitter Chat on Friday, July 25 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET to talk about the challenges of scaling enterprise data protection in the software-defined data center (SDDC).

Enterprises need a data protection solution capable of handling the large-scale heterogeneous environment of today, combined with the future virtual and software-defined environments of tomorrow – where petabytes of data and thousands of virtual machines are the expectation rather than the exception. But how do you select which solution is up to the task? 

In this Twitter Chat, learn from our experts how to scale your data protection solution to help move your business forward and transform your data center. You won’t want miss this. These guys are pros!

Topic: How Do You Scale Enterprise Data Protection?
Date: Friday July 25, 2014
Time: Starts at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m...

cdavitian | 18 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

What was your reaction when you got your first phone call on a smartphone? If you’re like me, it was something like: 

"Oh yeah, this makes sense. The caller’s name appears on the screen. My music stops playing. With one click, I can respond with a text message. That’s how a phone should work.”smartphones.jpg

If you’re like my colleague Joel Martins, your reaction was:

“Can I manage a NetBackup restore like this?” No joke.

Joel runs the development group for NetBackup. He’s as "NetBackup" as it gets – he started as a green engineer in the NetBackup 3.2 days and he even named his first child bprestore (joke…). More importantly, Joel was the first person to realize that we could apply the lessons of the iPhone-age to data protection.

Backup is the backbone of any datacenter – it maintains data integrity so that the application infrastructure can do its job. We...

Peter_E | 13 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

In Love With Integrated Backup Appliances

By 2017, the purpose-built backup appliance market is estimated to be $6B in size (based on projections from IDC), essentially the same size as the enterprise backup software market.  The clear emergence of a new parallel market started in 2009 when enterprise backup & recovery software was a $3 billion market.  That same year, EMC outbid NetApp to acquire Data Domain a close Symantec technology partner selling deduplication disk appliances for $2.4 billion (80% the size of the total software market). At that time Symantec had 30% of the backup & recovery SW market and EMC had 12% (according to IDC Software Tracker – Data Protection Segment). The success of Data Domain appliances reflected changes in customer behavior as they made a transition from tape to disk, to simplify backup. As the market leader in...

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...

CRZ | 15 Feb 2012 | 8 comments

With NetBackup 7.5 now on the horizon, it's time to make sure you're aware of the coming end of support for NetBackup 6.x.  It's hard to believe it will have been seven years since the NetBackup 6.0 release!

On October 3, 2012, NetBackup 6.x will reach End of Support Life (EOSL).  This includes ALL 6.0 maintenance packs and 6.5 Release Updates.

The NetBackup 6.x EOSL means that in order to continue receiving NetBackup support, an upgrade to NetBackup 7.x will be necessary.

Version 7.1.0.3 is the latest available update today.  (The 7.1.0.4 maintenance release is expected to see release in March.  It is expected that this will be the final 7.1 update.)

In March 2012, NetBackup 7.5 GA will also be available as an upgrade path.

There is no cost to upgrade for customers with a current maintenance contract; however, you may find that additional or updated hardware is needed. Use...

CRZ | 08 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

PostgreSQL (commonly referred to as Postgres) is a powerful, open source object-relational database system. It is used by several prominent users including the International Space Station, Skype, Reddit, and Yahoo!

In a blog post last year, Backing up the Dolphins, we had announced support for backup of MySQL via NetBackup. I'm happy to now be able to announce the availability of a Postgres Agent for NetBackup, certified and available from Zmanda, our STEP partner and a specialist in backing up open source databases.

Zmanda's NetBackup Postgres Agent was developed using the XBSA API provided by NetBackup. The NetBackup XBSA interface allows Zmanda to create, query, retrieve, and delete data objects using NetBackup for data storage. The operations...

Simon Jelley | 05 Feb 2012 | 4 comments

It seems like businesses are looking at modernizing backup like it’s a trip to the dentist: too time-consuming and painful, and always costly! So they end up taking shortcuts, hoping that the cavity of data loss will never occur. But just as advances in dental techniques have taken much of the pain out of these visits, backup is finally experiencing a revolution of its own, thanks to new developments from Symantec.

Everyone knows what the problem is – it’s just too complicated. You shouldn’t have to feel like you’re performing root canal surgery in order to make sure you organization’s data is protected, and most importantly can be recovered. But that’s just how it feels when the amount of data that needs to be backed-up is growing so rapidly and as data centers grow ever more complex. The reality is that there are now so many physical and virtual systems crowding infrastructure that the average company has seven separate backup...

Mayur Dewaikar | 07 Dec 2011 | 0 comments

If you are evaluating dedupe solutions, the dedupe ratios claimed by dedupe vendors are bound to intrigue you.  I have seen claims of dedupe rates as high as 50:1 and I am sure there are claims of even higher dedupe than that. Are such dedupe rates realistic? Speaking truthfully, yes, but one must understand the assumptions and the math behind such high dedupe rates.  These dedupe rates generally have the following assumptions:

  1. Logical Capacity: Logical capacity is the amount of data one “would have” stored with no dedupe or compression. So for example, if you are protecting 20 TB of data for 30 days and if you are running daily backups, your total data protected data (in theory) is 20 x 30= 600 TB. In practice, for an environment with average change rate, backend dedupe capacity is equal to the front end capacity for a 30 day retention period. So assuming 20 TB of dedupe storage is needed, your dedupe ratio is 600/20 = 30:1. While this makes...