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Phil Wandrei | 03 Oct 2011 | 0 comments

Symantec backup appliances provide many business value benefits. In my earlier two blogs, Realizing OpEx Savings with Symantec Backup Appliances and Realizing OpEx Savings with Symantec Backup Appliances – Part II  five (5) areas of  OpEx savings were identified: 

  • Acquisition
  • Installation and integration
  • System administration
  • Upgrades: software and hardware
  • Support/maintenance

In this blog, the final two areas of OpEx savings will be examined; Upgrades and Support. 

Upgrade and Refreshes

With any point solution, there are multiple components that will require firmware and/or software updates. A best case is two updates per component per year. ...

Phil Wandrei | 26 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

Symantec backup appliances provide many business value benefits.  In my previous blog, Realizing OpEx Savings with Symantec Backup Appliances,  five (5) areas of  OpEx savings were identified: 

  • Acquisition
  • Installation and integration
  • System administration
  • Upgrades: software and hardware
  • Support/maintenance

And the topic of Acquisition were examined.  The next two areas to examine are Installation/Integration and Administration. 

Installation/Integration

The area with the greatest savings is Installation and Integration.  Depending on your environment, the amount of time it takes to perform the tasks, and if professional services are used, the savings may run into the tens of thousands of dollars. 

An important point to note is the...

Phil Wandrei | 01 Aug 2011 | 15 comments

I was recently asked, “Why would I buy a NetBackup appliance when I could buy the software and cheap JBOD?”

Initially, I was taken aback by the question.  However, after giving it more thought, I realized it was a fair question and an opportunity to explain the benefits of NetBackup appliances.

In responding to the question, I used the following analogy: 

My anniversary is coming up and do I:  make dinner reservations at my spouse’s favorite restaurant or decide to prepare the meal myself and we dine in?  Granted I can save some money by us eating in, and even skimp on the quality or cut of the steak, but what am I really saving?

To make an apples-to-apples cost comparison, the true costs of making dinner myself are the expenses and time to: 

  • Plan the menu
  • Create the shopping list
  • Shop (multiple stores:  groceries, wine, flowers)...
CRZ | 15 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

I'm very pleased to announce that our first Maintenance Release for NetBackup 7.1 is now available!

7.1.0.1 Download Links
 http://symantec.com/docs/TECH158802

This is a MAINTENANCE Release (as opposed to a Release Update) - it can ONLY be applied on top of NetBackup 7.1.  (If you are running 7.0 or 7.0.1, you will need to upgrade to 7.1 before you can apply 7.1.0.1.)

CRZ | 13 Apr 2011 | 1 comment

Today, MySQL powers some of the largest websites in the world.  If you are storing production data in MySQL, having a formalized and tested MySQL backup strategy and implementation is crucial.  I can't tell you how many times I have been asked when NetBackup will support live backups of MySQL, but I do know it's happened a lot!  That's why I am delighted to announce that now, we can tell you that we DO have that support.  We worked with Zmanda (www.zmanda.com), a well known MySQL backup specialist - AND a Symantec STEP Partner! - to create a MySQL agent for NetBackup which is now available!

The agent is created by integrating NetBackup with Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL.  The product and integration are described at http://www.zmanda.com/netbackup-mysql-backup.html.  This integration allows for...

Joe Pfeiffer | 04 Oct 2010 | 3 comments

NetBackup RealTime iconOne of the more intricate details when discussing CDP is how all the data is actually stored inside the CDP product.  NetBackup RealTime is unique in the sense that it has a patented reverse-journal that stores data differently than other CDP offerings.  The best way to explain it is with an example.

Let's say you have a 1TB application of some kind and over the course of time you have the following 3 changes:

  • Change 1, 100GB
  • Change 2, 100GB
  • Change 3, 100GB

 

This is a mass simplification since CDP works at a block level so these changes would not really be 100GB but something like 4k blocks.  I'm assuming that change 1 came in first, followed by change 2 and finally change 3 (in that order).  So after these 3 changes the app is now 1.3TB in total.

Most CDP products will take the initial full...

Joe Pfeiffer | 15 Sep 2010 | 39 comments
NetBackup 5000Last week we launched the first NetBackup hardware appliance called the NetBackup 5000 (and there will be more to come).  There are plenty of data sheets, presentations and webcasts but if you're a gadget geek you probably just want the quick run down on specs.
 
At a higher level, the NBU 5000 has:
- 16TB capacity extensible to 96 TB through a multi-node configuration
- A less than 20 minute setup time per node (we've seen it done as quickly as 5 minutes)
- Tape integration via NetBackup + built in replication for tapeless DR
- Compatibility with both NetBackup 6.5 and 7.0 environments

 

NetBackup 5000 without bezel

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