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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...

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,...

AbdulRasheed | 28 Mar 2014 | 21 comments

Thanks to everyone who supported my earlier blog on Frequently Asked Questions on NetBackup Accelerator. I have received a number of follow up questions (as comments) in that blog and I had been answering them as time permits. Two recent questions needed some elaboration. Thus, I thought it is better to put them as a Part II in a new blog. 

Can I use NetBackup Accelerator to backup Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices?

Yes, you can use NetBackup Accelerator to protect any NAS device that supports NFS and/or CIFS protocols. You would need a mount host that supports NFS/CIFS where the NAS volume can be mounted.  Note that a given volume from NAS device must be mounted on the same host and must use the same mount point for all the backup runs to take advantage of NetBackup Accelerator.

This mount host can be a...

AbdulRasheed | 20 Jan 2014 | 19 comments

Let us start our technical deep dive with NetBackup Accelerator for VMware. Most of you already know that NetBackup Accelerator is designed to provide full backups for the cost of performing an incremental backup. In this case cost stands for the backup window, backup storage, client CPU, client memory, client disk I/O, network bandwidth etc. required for running backups. NetBackup Accelerator was first introduced in NetBackup 7.5 for file system workloads and became an instant hit. Answers to frequently asked questions on NetBackup Accelerator for files systems could be found here.

In NetBackup 7.6, backup acceleration comes to both VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director environments (more on VMware vCloud Director support in a later blog in this series). NetBackup Accelerator for VMware is a combination of three powerful technologies.


AbdulRasheed | 17 Dec 2013 | 16 comments

It had been a while since I added something new to this series on Nuts and Bolts in NetBackup for VMware. The dawn of NetBackup 7.6 is here. It is one of the biggest releases in NetBackup for VMware vSphere and vCloud. This release prepares for your journey to Software Defined Data Center. Are you ready? Fasten your seat belts!

First and foremost, let us put some perspective on the adoption of virtualization in data centers. Symantec and VMware have been guiding you in reaping the benefits of virtualization. It is happening in three phases. You are likely to be in one of the three phases in this exciting journey.

  1. IT Production: In this phase, you are looking save on capital expenses through server consolidation for general-purpose workloads. The key advantage here is to pool and abstract hardware resources for optimal utilization. NetBackup prepared...
AbdulRasheed | 03 Jul 2012 | 90 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...

Peter_E | 04 Jan 2012 | 5 comments

Could you obliterate your backup window problems with 100x faster backups?  What if your car company called you up and told you that with a software upgrade you could make your car accelerate 100x faster.  What if the county or province where you live told you that your daily trip to work or the grocery store would be 100x faster in the coming months.  A new feature in the next release of NetBackup is expected to deliver just this type of massive leap in performance. 

Symantec first gave a hint about this feature, which will be called NetBackup Accelerator, back at our US Vision conference in 2011 (read the press release here), where we announced our intention to break the backup window and provide customers with a plan to modernize data protection....