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Alex Sakaguchi | 23 May 2013 | 0 comments

Dear NetBackup Users,

 

I came across an awesome story about how one company used NetBackup AIR to save them in a disaster recovery scenario.  I was pretty impressed with how they used the technology, and more so by how much it saved them in a real DR situation.  Here's the super consolidated and simplified version (or watch the VIDEO):

Super Cool Industries (real names have been changed) had recently upgraded their backup solution to NetBackup 7.5, which features a slick replication technology called AIR (Auto Image Replication).  They immediately began using AIR to replicate backup images from one of their plants to another.  One day, a crazy ice storm knocked the power out at the first plant, which left both it, and another plant that relied on one of its servers, stranded.

Now, previous to this upgrade, their old...

Phil Wandrei | 20 May 2013 | 0 comments

NetBackup Appliances have been enjoying great success. I recently wrote about the tremendous growth of NetBackup Appliances, “Are we witnessing the transformation from Target to Integrated PBBAs?” by examining the purpose-built backup appliance market data as reported by IDC. 

While it is great to see market data highlighting our success, we need to peel away the layers and understand what is truly driving this growth. It is our Customers! NetBackup Appliances address the challenges organizations have to deal with today, and need to be prepared for in the future. 

Let’s look at how four (4) customers who are using NetBackup Appliance to solve their challenges; Arsys, CSX, PostFinance, and State of Michigan. The customer stories are detailed n...

Phil Wandrei | 14 May 2013 | 5 comments

On May 6, 2013 Symantec announced the third-generation of the NetBackup Appliances:  NetBackup 5230 Backup Appliance and the NetBackup 5030 Deduplication Appliance. These enterprise appliances are changing how customers backup and recover to virtual and physical environments. 

A question I was asked by a customer at Symantec Vision 2013 was if this is the third generation of the appliances, what were the first two generations?  Here is a brief look at the history of both the NetBackup appliance series. 

  • NetBackup 5200 Series:  intelligent purpose-built backup appliances (PBBA) that combines NetBackup software, server, and storage to protect both virtual and physical environments. 
  • NetBackup 5000 Series:  target deduplication appliances that offer content aware, end-to-end data deduplication.

 

 

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A L Johnson | 13 May 2013 | 1 comment

This article gives you a single point of access for help with NetBackup Appliance known issues, best practices, and troubleshooting tips for common Appliance problems such installation and configuration. The Symantec Technical Support team has found these KB articles to be especially helpful to NetBackup Appliance customers. Links to NetBackup downloads and documentation are also included. Let us know if you have any comments or questions! 

Thank You.

 

 

NetBackup Appliance Installation and Configuration Issues

Kyle Drake | 15 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

NetBackup Appliances have been a big hit with our customers over the past few years, but people always want to know what the next set of popular features and functionality will be. They also want know the nuts and bolts under the cover of the appliance.  What will NetBackup and its appliances be able to do beyond the primary data center? What about enhancements to our impressive Auto Image Replication (AIR) feature?  How does it all come together from a technical perspective?

At Symantec Vision 2013 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, get an overview of the new NetBackup appliance hardware platforms, upcoming software features and call-home support capabilities.  We'll also be presenting a customer tested blueprint for implementing DR strategies for the appliance, with full support for onsite and offsite disaster recovery using Auto Image Replication.  Key features for the appliances are:

  • Lowering customers CapEx and OpEx
  • Efficient...
Kyle Drake | 15 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

As data centers evolve, backup and recovery operations and infrastructure become more complex to maintain and manage.  Increased costs around upgrading hardware and software, additional storage, and manpower to administer and maintain everything are unavoidable.  But there is a better way.  What if you could lower the CapEx and OpEx of your backup and recovery infrastructure, maintain the latest technology and feature set the solution has to offer, and even better, not have to construct your backup servers manually from the ground up?  Welcome to the award winning world of the NetBackup Appliances!

For several years now, Symantec has had great success with the NetBackup Appliances, offering customers a choice in form factor without compromising performance and functionality.  In fact, they are fine tuned to provide maximum NetBackup performance for the enterprise environment. Whether it’s the 50x0 series for optimal deduplication, or the 52x0...

Kyle Drake | 15 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

What was once a hot new feature being data deduplication many years ago, has become a commoditized given in today’s data center.  That being said, deduplication performance is still not always equal or efficient from vendor to vendor.  Not by a long shot.  Some vendors’ strategies actually fall well short of an enterprise dedupe solution, and fail to provide their customers any benefits or automation whatsoever.

But how do you know if you’re getting the deduplication you deserve and if it’s configured and performing optimally?  Where’s the best place to deduplicate?  Is it the client, the media server, the target?  What can you do to make sure your organization is getting their money’s worth and optimal storage savings?  It’s time to realize the benefit of NetBackup deduplication and how you can also leverage that power on our appliances.

At Symantec Vision 2013, we'll show you how to...

Kyle Drake | 15 Apr 2013 | 3 comments

No company has protected more virtual machines than Symantec over the years, but that doesn’t mean we’ll rest or become complacent.  We know that technology is ever changing, and we have to keep up by providing new feature sets and functionality that will always keep your virtual enterprise protected.  Point products just don’t cut it when it comes to protecting your overall enterprise environment.  Why use multiple solutions when NetBackup can offer the best protection and performance all by itself?

If you are not yet using NetBackup for VMware, these new capabilities will convince you otherwise! Come visit us at Symantec Vision 2013 in Las Vegas the week of April 15th.  We’ll show you first-hand what enterprise VMware protection is all about.  In this session “NetBackup 7.6 for VMware – Taking VMware Data Protection to New Levels“, learn about the simplicity and value of six important new...

Kyle Drake | 15 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

Virtualization has been a red hot initiative in corporate data centers for years now, and it’s changed the way we plan, build and operate our data centers.  “Going Green” by eliminating the physical foot print and saving on energy costs are two of many big reasons customers are adopting the virtual machine.  So easy to add, power-up and plug into production, it’s easy to see why VM’s are so popular.  But with popularity comes complexity around virtual machine sprawl, resource utilization, performance and just as important, backup and recovery protection.   Do you put a backup agent in EVERY virtual machine?  How do you protect application and file data for all VM’s including the ability to have granular file recovery?  What about meeting backup SLA’s and critical recovery SLA’s? On top of that, customers want deduplication, backup to many types of media/disk, and DR capabilities.  Can point...

Kyle Drake | 12 Apr 2013 | 1 comment

In large environments, it’s imperative to have a sound reporting and monitoring strategy around your backup and recovery infrastructure.  You need to know if your backups are running successfully, your boss needs to be able to show management that the company has a working solution that is delivering protection results, and in many cases, passing audit. If you don’t have this ability, then how do you know you’re getting a good return on your investment?  How can management justify that they are running the right solution? Here are a few valuable NetBackup OpsCenter benefits:

  • Better predict backup storage consumption across multiple locations through maintained historical backup and archive job information.
  • Reports can be created around one of the most highly managed areas of NetBackup: the policy and schedule engine.
  • People can be less removed from day to day operations, and have centralized reporting for backup and archive...