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Drew Meyer | 12 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

It's no secret that we held NetBackup 7.6 back longer than we had planned. For more information on Steve Bennett and his Symantec 4.0 initiatives (including the high focus on quality) read the news articles like this one. That extra time for testing unearthed a pretty unique story about our ability to handle really large, cutting-edge environments.

Symantec itself, a $7B global firm with ~20,000 employees, is a solid example of the "enterprise" customer environments that we target with our offerings. We use our own internal teams for beta testing and discovered that one of our internal IT groups has designed a private cloud to automate the deployment of dev/test environments. One of the key messages around NetBackup 7.6 is that large scale Software Defined Data Centers are on the horizon and our customers need to know that they can move in that direction with confidence....

Drew Meyer | 23 Jan 2014 | 10 comments

Many vendors claim to be #1. But there are clear benchmarks for this debate and three in particular that seem to point in one direction.

Peter_E | 17 Apr 2014 | 1 comment

Will Symantec ship more backup appliances than EMC in 2 years? The growth trajectory of Symantec’s backup appliance business demonstrates that customers believe in our vision and the value of our solutions. Over the last 3 years, Symantec went from 0% market share to 38% in the Integrated Purpose Built Backup Segment (PBBA), tracked by IDC. At this rate, Symantec could be the market share leader for integrated backup appliances in the next 2-3 years.

AbdulRasheed | 28 Mar 2014 | 5 comments

Can I use NetBackup Accelerator to backup Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices? Is NFS mount host or CIFS mount host better to make use of NetBackup Accelerator? Is NetBackup for NDMP or NetBackup for Accelerator using a mount host better for protecting a NAS device? Let us do a deep-dive!

AbdulRasheed | 18 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

NetBackup Instant Recovery for VMware is a fusion of two proven technologies enhanced further to virtualized workloads. Let us take technical deep dive on how this capability is implemented.

NBU Channels Guy | 06 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

Back in December,  Symantec partnered with Biomni to deliver an integrated solution that couples Symantec’s industry leading NetBackup solution with Biomni Front Office to complete, an IT Self-Service platform. This results in a more comprehensive Backup as a Service (BaaS) solution with Multi-tenanted Backup and Recovery capabilities on the NetBackup Platform.  Customers and end-users can now self-serve their Backup requirements, on-demand.  This solution is generally available through all Symantec channels. 

Key features include:

•          Flexible, configurable self-service portal

•          Multi-tenancy support

•          Automated backup and restore requests

•          Dashboards and reporting

•       ...

Drew Meyer | 03 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

A tweet from the guys at EMC caught our eye:


This link lead to an nice blog entry about how EMC and Teradata are improving their partnership etc etc. but we noticed that the blog neglects to address some of the fundamental architecture concerns end users need to understand when considering big data backup.

Customer are voting with their wallets, and Data Domain is rapidly losing credibility as a strategic investment. Read Peter's Valentine's Day love note blog for a detailed outline of the market space, and read mine on how we think about winning and...

cdavitian | 18 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

Colin Davitian, Sr. Director of Product Management, highlights the mantra transition of NetBackup from, “Industry-leading performance and flexibility”, to “Simplicity without sacrifice” in the next few years. The best way to ensure data integrity is to make backup intuitive. The more intuitive the tool, the more likely customers will successfully protect their data.

Peter_E | 13 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

By 2017, the purpose built backup appliance is estimated to be $6B in size (based on projections from IDC), essentially the same size as the enterprise backup software market. Even as it grows, this market is being transformed from one dominated by traditional deduplication storage appliances to one occupied by fully integrated appliances. Three to four years ago, Symantec was not in this market. The story today is quite different.

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....