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Kristine Mitchell | 21 Aug 2012 | 2 comments

Based on a global survey of 1,425 IT professionals, only 58% of organizations think their virtualization backup is working well. Sound shocking? It should. With business-critical applications being virtualized more and more, recovery objectives are more important than ever. And let’s face it, virtualization compounds the problem because you’ve taken one physical server and turned it into 5-10-15 or more. So why is virtualization backup such a challenge?

Challenge #1: Frustration with backup. Backup is the foundation of any sound IT process, and yet, over the years has gotten a bad rap. Why? Well according to the same survey highlighted above, on average enterprise organizations have 7 backup applications – 4 for physical and 3 for virtual. The challenge is that multiple backup products mean separate UI’s, separate policies, and a separate DR process. This adds undue complexity, cost and risk as there are multiple products to not only...

Randy Serafini | 13 Aug 2012 | 2 comments

In case you didn’t know…  NDMP was conceived in 1995 and celebrates its 17th birthday this year.   In dog years that would make it 119 years old.  In tech years, more like 170 years, which is probably a light estimate.  And while NDMP may be getting long in the tooth, data growth is causing NDMP backups to age even faster.  I mean depending on who you listen to, as the global collective, we’re generating gazillions, upon gazillions of bytes of data each year.  Yep, not very technical but somehow easier to grasp than the reported 2.5 quintillion bytes of data we created just yesterday.  In the two days it’s taken me to write this blog along with everything else, as a collective genius, we’ve created 5 quintillion bytes of data.  So let me get to the point here before we create another…

Backup is a crazy business.  Not only do we generate massive amounts of data, but someone came along and...

AbdulRasheed | 13 Aug 2012 | 12 comments


  NetBackup for VMware was born on August 2007 to help enterprises protect virtualized workloads. Its granular recovery capability still remains unique in the industry in implementation, performance and efficiency. We saw vStorage integration, universal backup host for Windows VMs and Linux VMs, Automatic protection using VMware Intelligent Policies, Application Granular recovery and so on. What amazes me is how fast NetBackup engineering delivers the next coolest thing just in time for newer business needs.

  Until NetBackup, VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) integration required customers to deploy a Windows based backup host. The business reasoning behind that approach was the following.

  • In the beginning, VMware focused primarily on Windows platform for VADP development
  • Most enterprises were primarily virtualizing Tier 3 Windows based workloads

Fast-forward 5 years; the new wave is in...

jmartin | 08 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

On July 26, 2012, Symantec completed another release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT). With SORT’s focus of improving the total customer experience for NetBackup and Storage Foundation customers, we’ve added the following features and improvements to the website:


  • Support for additional NetBackup family products (all Appliances and PureDisk) in the Hot Fix / EEB Release Auditor widget.  Thank you to the CFT Team for their collaboration on this effort.
  • Support for NetBackup and OpsCenter maintenance release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports (originally made available the same day it was released via an asynchronous update)
  • Support for the NetBackup 52xx 2.5 Appliance (DeLorean) release in the installation and upgrade checklist (originally made available the same day it was released via an asynchronous update)
  • Incorporate...
AbdulRasheed | 03 Jul 2012 | 91 comments

NetBackup Accelerator is an exciting feature introduced in NetBackup 7.5 and NetBackup Appliances software version 2.5. This blog is not a substitute for NetBackup documentation. NetBackup Accelerator transforms the way organizations do backups, I am compiling a list of frequently asked questions from NetBackup Community forums and providing answers. If you have follow up questions or feedback, post them as comments. I shall try to answer the questions or someone else in the community can jump in. Fasten your seat belts! You are about to get accelerated! 

What is NetBackup Accelerator?

NetBackup Accelerator provides full backups for the cost of an incremental backup.

cost reduction in full backups = reduction in backup window, backup storage, client CPU, client memory, Client disk I/O, network bandwidth etc.

NetBackup Accelerator makes this possible by making use of a platform and file system independent track log...

AbdulRasheed | 02 Jul 2012 | 5 comments


Recently, there were discussions in social media and blogs on using hypervisor level snapshots on virtual machines hosting business critical applications like Microsoft Exchange. Some confusion came on account of a statement from Microsoft documented here. The emphasis is mine.

“Some hypervisors include features for taking snapshots of virtual machines. Virtual machine snapshots capture the state of a virtual machine while it’s running. This feature enables you to take multiple snapshots of a virtual machine and then revert the virtual machine to any of the previous states by applying a snapshot to the virtual machine. However, virtual machine snapshots aren’t application aware, and using them can have unintended and unexpected consequences for a server...

Phil Wandrei | 29 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

IDC came out with their “Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance 2012-2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares1” report a couple of months ago. I want to highlight three key points that I believe haven’t received the attention they deserve. 

1. Purpose-Built Backup Appliances are a Hot Market!

If you are a IT Manager or Director, you should be considering PBBA for your environment.  The technology is proven, $2.4 billion in 2012, and provides significant OpEx and CapEx benefits.  Purpose-built backup appliances with deduplication can address your challenges of data growth while reducing your total cost of ownership. 

If you are a reseller or a salesperson, you need to have PBBA in your portfolio. IDC forecasts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.4% over the next five (5) years.  This means...

Mayur Dewaikar | 27 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Data growth remains one of the top pain points for backup admins.  The legacy data protection technologies are not keeping up with the data growth.  To address this problem, many organizations are re-architecting their backups. One of the key elements of backup redesign continues to be data deduplication.

Target based dedupe solutions were the early entrants in the dedupe market and a large number of users adopted these technologies over the years. While the target based dedupe solutions do a great job of reducing the data, they do so at the end of the backup cycle. The data essentially travels in a fully hydrated format (non-dedupe) from the clients, through the media server, to the target device where it finally gets reduced. You get great dedupe rates, which solves one problem—storage costs. But wait, how is this solving the backup window problem? Data will continue to grow and if you don’t address the backup volume problem (the sheer volume...

Jerry Gowen | 21 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – June 21, 2012 – Symantec Corp. announced that its NetBackup 5220 appliance won the Backup and Recovery category in the Best of TechEd 2012 awards program. 

The Best of TechEd 2012 awards recognize companies who offer innovative products for the industry. The judges reviewed 297 products and services submitted for the award and chose 46 finalists to be interviewed at the Microsoft TechEd North America 2012 conference in Orlando, Florida on June 12-13, 2012.  Winners were announced at an invite only evening reception at the groove at Universal CityWalk in Florida on June 14. 

Click to Tweet: NetBackup named Backup and Recovery winner in best of TechEd awards:

“We narrowed down a list...

CRZ | 15 Jun 2012 | 1 comment

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

NetBackup, a software only Maintenance Release, is the third maintenance release for NetBackup 7.5. It is a cumulative release containing fixes and content from (software-only) and (appliance-only). In addition, this release contains fixes to over 325 issues including the most commonly downloaded EEBs, several customer escalations, and internal engineering defects. The significant content of this release is:

  • Solaris 11 master server, Bare Metal Restore server and OpsCenter Managed Server support
  • No new features in  However, some features that were delivered in previous maintenance releases are included:          
    • NetBackup for VMware on SLES – delivered in
    • PureDisk seeding utility – delivered in
    • Client Direct...