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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 is the latest available update today.  (The 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...

Phil Wandrei | 13 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec, the world leader in backup and recovery, provides customers the freedom of choice. With NetBackup and Backup Exec, customers are able to choose the form factor to best meet their needs; a software based solution or a fully integrated appliance. Either choice, the #1 backup solution is delivered in the form factor best suited for the customer’s environment.      

An appliance is a fully integrated device; all of the necessary hardware, software, and components are installed and tested in a single platform. Today, appliances are often taken for granted because they are built with industry standard components, and assembled through qualify processes. Consumers expect the appliance to work out-of-the box, and they do.  However, an equally, and sometimes more important consideration is if it is integrable into your existing environment. Does the appliance easily install and interact with your existing infrastructure? Or does it...

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...

SeanRegan | 26 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

Backups have become a big and burdensome operation for many backup admins. SLAs are getting tighter while information grows and new platforms like virtualization create higher density environments. With these forces in play the current approach to backup modernization is not effective. Today “backup modernization” is championed by vendors who champion solutions that address one or two aspects of backup – such as deduplication, snapshots, or tools for backing up just VMware and Hyper-V environments.  These are quick fixes, not modern data protection. Throwing more solutions at a problem as a quick fix is the cause of backup complexity and cost.

Backup and recovery is a crucial step in protecting an organization’s information and its ability to stay in business if something goes wrong.   A new approach is needed. To determine current trends, Symantec commissioned a global survey of enterprises...

Kristine Mitchell | 20 Jan 2012 | 1 comment

Forget the itchy  socks, the sweater I will never wear, and the crock pot (nice try…but still not getting me to cook). You can imagine my excitement when I opened this Christmas gift – a vintage typewriter keyboard for my iPad. If you are like me, you love your iPad, but still struggle with the keyboard. You also love cool and unusual gifts. But this got me thinking…what is it about human nature that digresses back to old practices? You know what I’m talking about – 2 steps forward, one step back. This was so obvious to me when I spoke to a customer the other day.  They have a manual, “old school” process in place to protect their virtual machines (VMs). In fact, they have one full time person who does nothing but map VM datastores to backup policies. Now here’s a cool technology like virtualization and...

Danny Milrad | 16 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon loaded with backup tapes.  This was thrown on the table during a recent customer meeting in the context of getting data offsite and onto disaster recovery sites.  What a great visual I thought to myself. The customer continued, FedEx is an amazing network they have high bandwidth but also high latency.  They move millions of packages every day…phenomenal bandwidth.  But in the always-on economy 24 hours to ship a backup tape is the epitome of high latency.

I talk to customers regularly about their regular backup rituals and disaster recovery plans. Like clockwork, FedEx (or other overnight carrier) comes up as the preferred network transport to ship tapes to the salt mines.  But I had to ask myself is putting your company’s most valuable data on trucks the best option.  If it’s getting backed up and sent offsite, it has to have at least some value, right?  While I...

Alex Sakaguchi | 16 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

All bark and no bite.  Heard the saying?  It essentially means one who talks a tough story, but then shuns away when asked to step up.

In 2010, Symantec conducted a survey of more than 1,600 senior IT and legal executives in 26 countries to determine the best – and worst – practices in the area of information management and published the results in the 2010 Information Management Health Check Survey.

87% of these folks said that enterprises should have a proper information retention strategy that allows them to delete unnecessary information.

Why, then, do less than 46% actually have one?

What’s the deal?  Why is it so hard to delete information that isn’t needed? 

Well, that’s the key isn’t it? ...

Randy Serafini | 09 Jan 2012 | 3 comments

How many of you have made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight?  Well OK, maybe not weight literally but you’ve been tasked to find ways in 2012 to reduce cost in your backup infrastructure and with a bit of smart maneuvering actually improve backup and recovery performance.  In the upcoming release of NetBackup, Symantec can help reduce cost and accelerate recovery with the integration of backup and snapshot replication management with the new NetBackup Replication Director.

In most Enterprise backup environments, both backup software and array based snapshot technology co-exist to provide tiers of protection and recovery.  The problem is that in many cases, the backup infrastructure is managed by the Backup Team, and snapshots and replicas are managed by the Storage Team.  While this may ‘appear’ to be efficient when things are good, when things turn bad and a fast recovery is required from either a major or minor disaster, it...

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....