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Drew Meyer | 19 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Pop Quiz: The Enterprise Backup and Recovery software market is:

  1. Dramatic

  2. Controversial

  3. In the Midst of an Upheaval

  4. All of the Above

Yep. This year the industry analysts are acknowledging the most interesting dynamic that we’ve observed in all of the years that we’ve been in the data protection space. But unfortunately, some publications still missed the mark on a major trend in the evolution of this market space. Here’s why I think so.

Ultimately, all of us in the industry are biased participants – hey, I’m one of them. But the inarguable test for success comes down to customers voting with their wallets. And that measurement is defined by revenue and units, and it is applied to a new, parallel backup market space called Integrated Appliances.

Combining software and hardware into a dedicated function appliance is not a new thing. Fifteen years ago all-in-one small office devices...

Alex Sakaguchi | 30 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

Better Backup for VM Sprawl

The following chart is data from IDC data:

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Two things immediately stand out when looking at this data: 1) VM growth is going to continue into the predicted future (not surprising), and 2) physical server presence is constant over the same time frame (also not suprising).

As organizations increase their use of virtualization technology, lower time-to-provision drives ever-faster rates of virtual server growth.  As the number of servers multiplies, the challenge of protecting these systems grows in proportion.  

What’s interesting to me is that the battle we find ourselves in today, with a single-solution to protect both physical and virtual vs. separate solutions for physical and virtual will still be raging in the future.  The...

Peter_E | 14 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

I was speaking to a customer earlier this week who wanted to get up to speed on our VMware capabilities and needed some basics as well. While I know there have been some great posts in the forums, I thought I'd start out sharing these links. If you have other favorites please share them.  This was meant to be quick and dirty.

Solution Overview Level

ESG Lab Validation – NBU 7.6 for VMware

http://www.esg-global.com/lab-reports/symantec-netbackup-76-for-vmware/

Technical Basics

Google+ Hangout replay on Virtualization and NBU 7.6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_8_lTRcudM

VMware Basics for NBU administrators - from our local vExpert - @abdulrasheed123...

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...

Kyle Drake | 01 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

One of the things that weigh on an IT director’s mind is how he/she can keep up with their company’s growth in the data center. These areas include server growth, application growth, bandwidth and network growth, and just as important, data growth.  In addition, how do they keep all that up with limited budget, both from a CapEx and OpEx perspective? 

In the real world, the amount of money spent dictates scalability, because as the items I mentioned grow within the data center and beyond, the cost grows at an accelerated rate.  The reason is because every piece of hardware/infrastructure added affects the growth of the network, storage, server capacity, resource utilization, etc.  It’s like the ripple effect of tossing a pebble into a still pond.   This makes real-life scalability follow the red line in the graph below.  What the green line represents is if the cost per added data center piece always stayed the same, and...

Kyle Drake | 26 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Providing a sound disaster recovery (DR) strategy is important for any company to avoid the risk of downtime and lost $$$.  Smart businesses usually have some sort of mirroring, replication or clustering technology in place to keep mission critical applications and tier 1 servers up and running and always available.  But what about DR for the customer’s backup infrastructure? Backup and recovery is looked at as a non-revenue generating “insurance” policy for a company, and has no real business value.  That is, until you lose everything and rely on that backed up data to bring your company back to life.  With that sobering thought in mind, should a DR strategy be considered for backups?  

If your entire data-center goes down, you’ve lost all your production servers, backup catalog and images if you did not plan ahead for off-site copies of your data.  Many companies do plan, but are still caught up in the old...

Mayur Dewaikar | 27 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Data growth remains one of the top pain points for backup admins.  The legacy data protection technologies are not keeping up with the data growth.  To address this problem, many organizations are re-architecting their backups. One of the key elements of backup redesign continues to be data deduplication.

Target based dedupe solutions were the early entrants in the dedupe market and a large number of users adopted these technologies over the years. While the target based dedupe solutions do a great job of reducing the data, they do so at the end of the backup cycle. The data essentially travels in a fully hydrated format (non-dedupe) from the clients, through the media server, to the target device where it finally gets reduced. You get great dedupe rates, which solves one problem—storage costs. But wait, how is this solving the backup window problem? Data will continue to grow and if you don’t address the backup volume problem (the sheer volume...

CRZ | 28 Mar 2012 | 2 comments

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

NetBackup 7.1.0.4 is fourth and final maintenance release for NetBackup 7.1.  It is a cumulative release - which means it includes all previous fixes from the 7.1.0.1, 7.1.0.2 and 7.1.0.3 maintenance releases.  In addition, this release contains fixes to overall 250 issues including most commonly downloaded EEBs, several customer escalations and internal engineering defects.

The significant contents of this release are:

  • Server side Auto Image Rebasing for better data locality and improved rehydration/restore performance
  • Resiliency improvements to address common issues and avoid RecoverCR runs as much possible, RecoverCR Lite tool to reduce downtime, Optimized Duplication (Opt-Dup) bandwidth throttling improvements
  • Improved performance of...
espcampeon2010 | 07 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

The new release of SORT keeps pace with the latest NetBackup releases and also adds important new functionality as listed below. Of particular interest is support for NetBackup 7.5 and Custom Reports for OpsCenter. 

General

  • Support for NetBackup 7.5 release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports (checklists have been available since 7.5 FA)
  • Support for the Hayward Appliance (made asynchronously available earlier, concurrent with the Hayward release in February)
  • Support for the NetBackup 7.1.0.4 maintenance release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports (disabled until 7.1.0.4 ships)
  • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL) and associated features, Hardware (HCL), etc.)

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CRZ | 05 Mar 2012 | 6 comments

I'm very pleased to announce that NetBackup 7.5 is now available!

The marquee features of NetBackup 7.5 include:
  • Replication Director

    This feature offers a unified, policy-based management of backups, snapshots and replication.

    NetApp Plug-in for Symantec NetBackup Replication Director” and an hotfix for NetBackup 7.5. Both will be available beginning mid-March 2012. The hotfix for NetBackup will be available on Symantec support web site and the plug-in will be available on the NetApp NOW Site.

    Link to Symantec support site: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH182573
    Link to NetApp NOW site: https://now.netapp.com/NOW/cgi-bin/software/

  • Deduplication

    This release offers improved deduplication integration, scalability, performance, and stability.

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