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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...

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...