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smurphy | 25 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

The Symantec Operations Readiness Tools (SORT) team is pleased to announce the latest version of the SORT tool, now in production.  This release keeps pace with the latest NetBackup family compatibility lists and release-related information.  The following list details the highlights specific to NetBackup:

General

  • A new widget added on the My SORT and SORT for NetBackup pages titled “NetBackup Future Platform and Feature Plans” which includes email notification capability when the information is updated
  • Support for NetBackup and OpsCenter 7.5.0.6 maintenance release added to the Installation and Upgrade Checklist and Custom reports. 
  • Support for Windows 8 and Windows 2012 added to the Installation and Upgrade Checklist and Custom reports. 
  • Support for NetBackup Appliance 2.5.3 release added to the Installation and Upgrade Checklist reports.  Available on the 2.5.3 GA date
  • ...
Muzayun Mukhtar | 24 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

We would love to invite you for the upcoming usability sessions where you will share your feedback and inputs with the product team. Your comments will be very important for the projects since you have a better understanding of the real scenarios we should be designing for.

 

Here are more details on the activities:

·         90 minute remote session in which you will walk through design prototypes, we will request you to think aloud and provide your feedback along the way.

·         If permissible by your company policy, we will offer you a 175$ gift certificate.  Please let us know if you are allowed to receive such a gift.

Study 1:

Topic:  NetBackup Storage Management

Session dates: July 1st – 5th 2013

Study 2:

Topic:  NetBackup Replication...

Phil Wandrei | 24 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

My how things change in only 3 months since I wrote “Are we witnessing the transformation from Target to Integrated PBBAs?” The local Blockbuster was closing down, and now there is no evidence of its existence. The strip mall repainted the blue and yellow interior and exterior to match the rest of the mall, and is now awaiting the new tenant. 

Within the PBBA market, there have been dramatic changes in the last three months as well. IDC reported their Q1 2013 results, Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Market Experiences Robust Growth in First Quarter of 2013. Symantec continues to lead the industry with 149.3% year-over-year growth, and outpaced both the industry (16.5%) and its competitors (EMC 8.4% and Quantum 2.5%). One surprising...

CRZ | 20 Jun 2013 | 5 comments

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

NetBackup 7.5.0.6 is the sixth maintenance release for NetBackup 7.5.  It is a cumulative release containing fixes and content from 7.5.0.1 through 7.5.0.5. In addition, this release contains almost 600 additional fixes (bringing the total fixes in 7.5.0.6 to over 1700!) including the most commonly downloaded EEBs, several customer escalations, and internal engineering defects.

NetBackup 7.5.0.6 includes the following proliferations and enhancements:

  • YES, Windows Server 2012/8 is now supported!
  • db2 10.1 (snapshot support; streaming support was added in 7.5.0.5)
  • Exchange 2013
  • Hyper-V 2012
  • SharePoint 2013
  • SAP HANA client support - see this blog post for more information

To download 7.5.0.5...

CRZ | 19 Jun 2013 | 1 comment

Have you ever visited the Common Topics page for NetBackup Enterprise Server?  (I hope you have - its URL is in the signature of every reply I've left on the NetBackup forum!)  If you HAVEN'T, go ahead and click on this link right now...don't worry; I'll still be here when you get back:

 http://go.symantec.com/nbu

The reason I'm asking you about this right now is that in the near future, Symantec is looking to make this page even better when it comes to getting you from Point A (having a problem) to Point B (problem solved!) - and to that effort, we're trying to gather some meaningful input from our user community to determine both the existing value of this resource as well as the potential opportunities to make it an even better resource.

With that in mind, could you please consider the following questions and chime in with your responses?

Do you find this page useful...

Kyle Drake | 14 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

Symantec is excited to announce that our certified integration with SAP HANA will be available to our customers Monday,June 24th as this is the official release date for the new NetBackup 7.5.0.6!

SAP HANA is a high performance In-Memory Database (IMDB) that takes Business Intelligence and Analytics to a whole new level.  Companies can do real-time analytics on huge amounts of data with lightning speed.  What used to take weeks to church through so much information has been whittled down to minutes.  But with so much data, how do you back it up?

NetBackup has become the first vendor to certify with SAP HANA’s BACKINT process.  This means that SAP HANA Studio which manages the HANA database can stream backups live to NetBackup.  There are many benefits to this method over the dump-to-disk method all other vendors must do.  Here are some important points to know:

  • Certified is different than “supported”. ...
kirankamreddy | 03 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

Today’s businesses require access to their information on a 24x7 basis, not to mention the ability to protect that data in the event of unplanned interruptions which leads to complexities in their IT infrastructure.

For many IT leaders, moving to Symantec appliances for their backup issues to protect data means reducing cost, complexity and operational risks in their IT environment. Symantec understands that a properly planned out data protection strategy enables customers continuous access to their information. To that end, Symantec has gone a step further to simplify, automate and enhance the support experiences for its appliance customers with its latest functionality in appliances, Symantec AutoSupport.                                            ...

Alex Sakaguchi | 31 May 2013 | 1 comment

 

Didn't get to attend a session at Vision 2013 that you wanted to? 

Or maybe this year you didn't get to attend Vision at all?  We've decided to take some of our top non-security Vision sessions and make them available through Google+ Hangouts On Air. Topics will focus on backup and recovery, archiving and eDiscovery, and business continuity and disaster recovery.

Each session will be broadcasted free to give you an opportunity to hear about the technology from the experts, get some insight into the roadmap and futures, and get your questions answered live.

Here's what you should do:

Click on the links in the Google+ Event Page column that corresponds with a session you're interested in.  The link will provide more information about the session, including participants, the date and time of the Hangout. It will also provide information so you can RSVP to attend the event,...

Alex Sakaguchi | 31 May 2013 | 0 comments

Virtualization isn’t new.  For many years now organizations have been taking advantage of the increased flexibility and cost savings virtualizing servers and applications offers.  However, when it comes to deploying backup and recovery solutions to protect the virtual environment, things are very different from what organizations may be used to – and if not done correctly, backups can fail, performance can wane, and recoverability can go out the window.  In essence, virtual machine backup can suck.

At Symantec Vision 2013, Symantec virtualization gurus Jim Olson and George Winter took a deep dive into best practices for backup and recovery of VMware, walking through critical steps to ensuring maximum benefit, while also reminding folks of the basics.  If you missed it, don’t worry! Join the Symantec NetBackup team on Wednesday, June 12 at 9:30am PT for an On Air Google+ Hangout and learn how to get the most out of NetBackup's...

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...