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AbdulRasheed | 20 Oct 2014 | 2 comments

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers unify computing, networking, management, virtualization, and storage access into a single integrated architecture. This unique architecture enables end-to-end server visibility, management, and control in both bare metal and virtual environments. As you guys might remember, Symantec NetBackup is the first and only enterprise backup solution to achieve Cisco’s official Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) certification for its superior scale and agility to protect workloads on both virtual and bare metal configurations.

Whether you are deploying UCS with your own choices of storage or consuming it as part of popular converged infrastructure solutions like NetApp FlexPod or VCE VBLOCK, there is more great news for Cisco UCS customers. Symantec NetBackup now announces protection for Cisco UCS service profiles thereby enabling end-to-end coverage for UCS based data center across bare-...

AbdulRasheed | 18 Jul 2014 | 3 comments

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Functional IT professionals value technical training. Whether you are new to the industry and looking to start from the basics, someone who has experience in a competing solution and switching to Symantec solution or someone trying to evaluate a solution that is best suited for company business needs, a technical architect is comfortable to make an informed decision if he/she can actually get technical information easily. He/she may not be interested in a sales pitch; the appetite there is really for the true technical capabilities and operations.

Unlike some vendors in the market who hide even product documentation unless you have already bought the product, Symantec had always made it available online. There is nothing to hide from the public when most...

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...

AbdulRasheed | 11 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Backup is like an insurance policy. You want it for the peace of mind, but you don’t want it to dominate your workday (also, nights and weekends!). You need to protect data on your virtual machines to guard against hardware/storage failures and user errors. You may also have regulatory and compliance requirements to protect data for the longer term.

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VMware made virtual machine data protection easy for administrators by introducing vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP). VADP is a set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) made available by VMware for backup software vendors. These APIs make it possible for backup software vendors to embed the intelligence needed to protect virtual machines by integrating with vSphere. Through these APIs, the backup software can create snapshots of virtual machines and copy those to backup storage.

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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...

Peter_E | 13 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

In Love With Integrated Backup Appliances

By 2017, the purpose-built backup appliance market is estimated to be $6B in size (based on projections from IDC), essentially the same size as the enterprise backup software market.  The clear emergence of a new parallel market started in 2009 when enterprise backup & recovery software was a $3 billion market.  That same year, EMC outbid NetApp to acquire Data Domain a close Symantec technology partner selling deduplication disk appliances for $2.4 billion (80% the size of the total software market). At that time Symantec had 30% of the backup & recovery SW market and EMC had 12% (according to IDC Software Tracker – Data Protection Segment). The success of Data Domain appliances reflected changes in customer behavior as they made a transition from tape to disk, to simplify backup. As the market leader in...

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...

CRZ | 16 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

I'm very pleased to announce that the FINAL Maintenance Release for NetBackup 7.5 is now available!

NetBackup 7.5.0.7 is the seventh (and currently planned to be last) maintenance release for NetBackup 7.5.  It is a cumulative release containing fixes and content from 7.5.0.1 through 7.5.0.6. In addition, this release contains over 400 additional fixes (bringing the total fixes in 7.5.0.7 to well over 2000!) including the most commonly downloaded EEBs, several customer escalations, and internal engineering defects.

NetBackup 7.5.0.7 includes the following proliferations and enhancements:

  • VDDK 5.1 U1
  • JRE 7 Update 25

To download 7.5.0.7, please visit the following page:

NetBackup 7.5.0.7 Download Links
 http://symantec.com/docs/TECH209024

This is a MAINTENANCE Release for NetBackup (as opposed to a Release Update) - it can ONLY be applied on top of...

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...