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Russell_Roering | 14 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

NBU5230.jpegOver time IT professionals have seen the technology we most need change dramatically. Though seemingly small and simple, backup appliances in the data center can be added to our lives with little or no effort, perform with little outside intervention needed, provide significant time savings and generally require no configuration. Because of the simplicity they provide, appliances can free-up resources in your enterprise in ways you may not even imagine.

ROLE OF APPLIANCES

So what role do these small but mighty backup appliances play in a data center? The answer isn’t simple as there are many. A Purpose Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) can help enable application availability, provide dynamic backup, and assist in rapid data recovery, all integrated into a single appliance. Although their uses are many, their true...

CRZ | 10 Nov 2014 | 2 comments

I’m extremely happy to announce that NetBackup 7.6.0.4 and NetBackup Appliances 2.6.0.4 are now Generally Available!

NetBackup 7.6.0.4 is our latest maintenance release for the NetBackup 7.6 line.  This release contains fixes to 262 issues (bringing our total to over 1100!) including resolutions for most commonly downloaded EEBs, customer escalations, and critical internally found defects. 7.6.0.4 also provides several critical security fixes and many high-demand proliferations to our customers. The significant content of this release is:

  • Over 120 customer-related defect fixes, including nine 7.6.0.3 issues highlighted in the 7.6 Late Breaking News

Proliferations:

  •     MSC - W2012 MSCS
  •     EV 11
  •     BMR AF Disk Support

Features:

  •     Increasing FT Pipes for FT Media Server    
  •     Java UI...
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 | 02 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

Last week we made a shocking revelation. The storage snapshot integration from Competitor ‘C’ barely meets the RPOs that are already achievable in NetBackup Accelerator where operationally expensive storage integration is not required. In terms of solution implementation, we were comparing apples and oranges. Now it is time to compare apples to apples.

Well, it is time to break more news. While Competitor ‘C’ is trying to position itself as the spokesperson of snapshot management, the engineering details are nowhere close to what marketing tends to spit out. The glistering messages are just a cover for poorly designed integration that defeats the very purpose of why someone should use snapshots in the first place. NetBackup Replication Director beats Competitor ‘C’, securing an impressive score of 16:1 for a workload...

AbdulRasheed | 19 Sep 2014 | 14 comments

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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...

CRZ | 04 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

I’m extremely happy to announce that NetBackup Appliances 2.6.0.3 is now Generally Available!

NetBackup 2.6.0.3 is the latest update for NetBackup 52xx Appliances and the equivalent Appliance patch release to NetBackup 7.6.0.3.  It can be applied in an upgrade to Appliances running ANY 2.5.x or 2.6.0.x version.

This release includes all 336 fixes included in the NetBackup 7.6.0.3 release, including resolutions for most commonly downloaded EEBs, customer escalations, and critical internally found defects.

The 2.6.0.3 release also contains:

  •     Built-in VLAN support
  •     Active Directory CLISH configuration
  •     Web console usability enhancements

To download 2.6.0.3, please visit the following page:

NetBackup Appliance 2.6.0.3 Release
 http://symantec.com/docs/TECH217250

To check to see if your...

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,...

CRZ | 30 Jul 2014 | 8 comments

I’m extremely happy to announce that NetBackup 7.6.0.3 is now Generally Available!

NetBackup 7.6.0.3 is our latest maintenance release for the NetBackup 7.6 line.  This release contains fixes to 336 issues (bringing our total over 900!) including resolutions for most commonly downloaded EEBs, customer escalations, and critical internally found defects. 7.6.0.2 also provides several critical security fixes and many high-demand proliferations to our customers. The significant content of this release is:

Over 200 customer-related defect fixes, including three 7.6.0.2 issues highlighted in the 7.6 Late Breaking News

Proliferations:

  • SharePoint/Exchange 2013 GRT
  • MSDP/Client Dedupe for Windows 2012 R2
  • SQL 2014
  • VDDK 5.5 U1

Features:

  • NBU Support Utility Updates
  • JRE update (7u51)

To download 7.6.0.3, please visit the following page:

NetBackup 7.6.0.3 Download Links...

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...

Marianne Davis | 16 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

Join Symantec NetBackup experts for a Twitter Chat on Friday, July 25 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET to talk about the challenges of scaling enterprise data protection in the software-defined data center (SDDC).

Enterprises need a data protection solution capable of handling the large-scale heterogeneous environment of today, combined with the future virtual and software-defined environments of tomorrow – where petabytes of data and thousands of virtual machines are the expectation rather than the exception. But how do you select which solution is up to the task? 

In this Twitter Chat, learn from our experts how to scale your data protection solution to help move your business forward and transform your data center. You won’t want miss this. These guys are pros!

Topic: How Do You Scale Enterprise Data Protection?
Date: Friday July 25, 2014
Time: Starts at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m...