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Simi_Sikka | 06 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

Did you know that over 750+ customers wanted NetBackup 7.1 before it even went GA? Why did so many customers want to try the newest release of NetBackup? Symantec NetBackup provides a fast path to the virtual data center that customers want to build.

One innovation offered in 7.1 was Auto Image Replication. Auto Image Replication allows you to copy data between backup domains in an optimized fashion allowing customers to simplify their disaster recover strategies. Auto Image Replication is accomplished via our Storage Lifecycle Policies (SLP) which allow you to define a complex backup copy and retention pattern for your backup while keeping it simple for administrators.

Once you start using these advanced strategies for creating multiple copies of data you have to know your data is protected and all the copies are made in all the locations you have selected in your SLP. This is where our solution shines as NetBackup has integrated reporting in OpsCenter which allows...

TrevorD | 27 Apr 2011 | 5 comments

Deduplication makes disk-based data protection an economically viable and important part of an overall data protection strategy. Unfortunately, EMC customers quickly learn that there is a significant tax burden to bear  for deploying Data Domain deduplication. As a result, EMC is found wanting when it comes to saving organizations money by using deduplication. EMC should change its licensing model.

EMC should repeal the replication tax. Today, if organizations want to replicate a backup set offsite to another appliance as part of their disaster recovery strategy, they must pay for replication licenses to store that secondary copy. Customers replicating with Data Domain would also need to buy 2X other software license options such as Boost. EMC should stop charging their customers every time they want to make a copy of the deduped data.

EMC should stop charging twice for client-side dedupe. Many organizations want the...

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...

Dave High | 18 Mar 2011 | 0 comments

Welcome to NetBackup 7.1! This series of blogs has provided information about the key features of NetBackup 7.1 and wraps up with a final look at the minor features including:

  • LiveUpdate enhancements
  • SORT (Symantec Operational Readiness Tool)

LiveUpdate Improvements

LiveUpdate is a NetBackup feature that allows administrators to quickly and easily upgrade NetBackup clients under central control using a special NetBackup policy. Previous releases of NetBackup offered limited functionality for LiveUpdate, providing only the ability to upgrade to a minor update of the current version (e.g., from NetBackup 6.5.5 to 6.5.6). In contrast, NetBackup 7.1 has the ability to update a client even if it’s running a previous major version (NetBackup 6.5 and later). LiveUpdate operates with any supported NetBackup client system, including UNIX, Linux and Windows machines, and can update a mixture of UNIX, Linux and Windows clients...

Dave High | 16 Mar 2011 | 4 comments

Welcome to NetBackup 7.1! This series of blogs will provide additional information into the key features of NetBackup 7.1 continuing today with the changes and enhancements to OpsCenter and OpsCenter Analytics. OpsCenter 7.1 offers a number of new reports in the already robust reporting set.

  • Enhanced SLP including the new AIR functionality
  • Reporting on Audit Trails – Phase two
  • Workload Analyzer

This blog will take a quick look at each of these new reports and outline how they can assist in the reporting and management of the NetBackup environment.

Enhanced SLP Reporting

Storage Life Cycle Policies are used to automate the movement of backed up data from one storage area to another. Automated Image Replication takes Storage Lifecycle Policy a step further allowing backup images to be replicated to another master server domain using a NetBackup Policy vs. another form of replication. OpsCenter is used...

CRZ | 14 Mar 2011 | 10 comments

I'm very pleased to announce the General Availability (GA) of NetBackup 7.1!

As you may have already read during the First Availability (FA), the key new features of NetBackup 7.1 include:

  • Disaster Recovery
    • AIR: Auto Image Replication
  • Virtualization
    • Linux single file restore for VMware
    • Smart Policies for VMware
  • Manageability / Ease of Use
    • Customer Experience
    • License / Inv / Deployment reporting
      • Capacity model
    • OpsCenter VBR parity
    • Audit Trails (Phase 2)
    • SLP Reporting
    • LiveUpdate- Client Major Version Upgrade
  • Deduplication
    • HPUX MSDP support
    • Oracle dedupe improvements
  • IPv6 Support
  • Supportability
    • Job flow logging improvements
    • Status Code 5 Cleanup
  • Proliferation
    • Red Hat 6
    • AIX 7
    • FT...
Shelley_S | 14 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

The most popular NetBackup session at the Symantec Vision user conference, by far, is Performance and Tuning.   The organizers don’t wait to see the attendee preregistration surveys, they just go ahead and book the big ballroom and immediately consider the standing room only space.  When the speakers get to the part about “What makes the best media server”, the room freezes in rapt attention like tweens watching a Justin Bieber interview.   No surprise there. Getting it right is a big deal.  Upgrading and deploying new hardware is a painful process.  A well honored tradition at the Vision user conference is swapping war stories.  During the cocktail hour, when we’re enjoying the freebie microbrew beer (okay, I’m a martini gal) and munching the bruschetta, we are regaled with tales of the backup infrastructure refresh process.  The bureaucracy.  The many other teams that have to be consulted, involved,...

Joe Pfeiffer | 03 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

 

2010 has been a good year for NetBackup.  We launched the first hardware appliances with the NetBackup 5000 and 5200, launched our cloud storage program with Nirvanix and started integrating with Enterprise Vault (the #1 archive software on the market).  We're planning to continue the momentum of all of these in the new year.

Appliances

If 2010 was the year where Symantec entered the appliance business, 2011 will be where it goes big.  You can imagine that since we based our hardware on PureDisk and NetBackup Media Servers that we have a few other software products that could benefit from a best-in-class optimized hardware platform.  We're planning to do that in in this next year as well as taking the existing 5000 and 5200 and scaling those up to larger capacities.  Providing hardware has been a...

Joe Pfeiffer | 29 Oct 2010 | 0 comments

Just a quick post today.  Back at the end of August we announced our first cloud vendor partnership with Nirvanix.  Basically it is an OpenStorage plugin that lets you create Storage Units that point to the Nirvanix cloud.  Great for slotting in to Storage Lifecycle Policies to replace duplications to tape since duplicating to the cloud means the data is offsite already.  The announcement was limited to NBU 7.0 and as much as we want everyone to be at the latest release there are a number of people who are still at 6.5.x.  So this week on Tuesday we announced the Nirvanix OpenStorage plugin is available for NBU 6.5.4 and above.  Talk to your friendly Symantec sales rep if you're interested since it's posted up on Symantec File Connect and ready for download.

TimBurlowski | 22 Jul 2009 | 7 comments

There is a new technote entitled "Best Practices for using Storage Lifecycle Policies in NetBackup 6.5.3 and 6.5.4". This essential document, authored by engineering, support and product management, documents best practices, and is based on consolidated information obtained from real world experiences.

If you are planning to implements SLPs or already have, becoming familiar with the suggestions in the documents will allow you to both tune your systems for your workload and gain insight into the current state of your lifecycles.

If you aren't familiar with Storage Lifecycle Policies, also known as SLP's, they are one of the more innovative approaches I've seen in the last few years for to allow a user to describe a life cycle for a backup data, without creating complex nests of overlapping schedules. If you aren't familiar with SLPs you can read more in the white paper entitled,...