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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...
Kyle Drake | 12 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

Enterprises have been going through numerous transformations over the years to save on storage costs, energy costs, administrative overhead, mistakes…anything that lowers their risk and responsibility as well as overall CapEx and OpEx.  Many are now looking to offload some of their data center responsibilities to service organizations, while others are moving not just some, but ALL of it to the cloud. 

If you’ve thought about moving your data to the cloud, you’ve probably asked yourself the questions " How will I get my data back?” and “Will I be able to protect my applications in the cloud?”. NetBackup can help.  Why should you think about NetBackup and the cloud?

  • Industry trends show cloud as a popular emerging technology that many are adopting for reasons mentioned above
  • NetBackup’s platform approach for cloud can help solve your fundamental data protection challenges
  • NetBackup...
Kyle Drake | 12 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

Big Data is an emerging, evolving technology. It’s the new thing holding the promise to help make sense of the terabytes, petabytes, and exabytes of data being generated. In today’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week information driven economy, how can they quickly find and extract those key strategic nuggets of data to make their business more agile, make better business decisions, and give them that next competitive advantage?

 

Big Data today, as expressed by many, is simply the daily challenge virtually every enterprise IT organization faces when managing the protection of exploding data growth within shrinking backup windows, growing compliance requirements, and working hard to transform their data centers. Whether it’s growing multi-terabyte databases, data warehouse appliances bursting at the seams, or simply 100s of millions, or billions of files that need both fast protection and recovery, big data is Big

Data and in its many...

Alex Sakaguchi | 09 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

Are you interested in seeing first hand the new advancements around virtualization backup and recovery coming in NetBackup 7.6?  Well, we've decided to host a Google Hangout as a sneakpeak into the latest and greatest, and broadcast it live from Vision 2013 in Las Vegas on 4/17.  This Hangout is open to the public and we're encouraging everyone to come check it out!

We'll be showing you things like how to backup 300 VMs in 3 minutes, backing up 3TB of data in 15 minutes, and much more.

Broadcasting live from the Expo Hall floor of the MGM Grand on April 17th from 12:00pm to 1:15pm Pacific time.  

RSVP on our Google + page: Protecting 300 VMs in 3 min

We'll be taking questions from panel members as well as those submitted through Google + and...

jmartin | 09 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

On February 20, 2013, Symantec completed another release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT)! With SORT’s focus of improving the total customer experience for Storage Foundation and NetBackup customers, we’ve added the following Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions features and improvements to the website:

  • A new section available only in the SORT I&U Checklist report titled, 'NetBackup Planned Future OS/Platform Feature/Functionality Technology Improvement and Discontinuation Notification'. This section will alert our customers to future proliferation and platform end of life information.
  • Inclusion of the latest NetBackup, PureDisk, NetBackup Appliance, PureDisk Appliance and OpsCenter hot fix information
  • Support for NetBackup & OpsCenter 7.5.0.5 maintenance release

Visit SORT at http://sort.symantec.com to see why thousands...

Phil Wandrei | 08 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

I drove past my local, soon to be former, Blockbuster store this weekend. Everything is now 80% off, including the store fixtures. It is the last one to go as there used to be three (3) Blockbusters in a two mile radius of my house. In its day, Blockbuster ruled the video rental business. However, consumer demand changed, new companies emerged to meet those changing demands, Blockbuster was not able to change, and today Blockbuster is offering 80% off store fixtures. 

I believe a similar transformation is occurring in the purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market. Last week, IDC released their latest PBBA report, Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Market Fourth Quarter 2012

In the IDC Q4 2012 report, they reported Symantec had 4Q12/4Q11 Revenue Growth of 190.8%.  To put it into perspective, the next closest OEM was Quantum at 21.2% and EMC in third with...

Kristine Mitchell | 04 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

Over the years I have talked to literally hundreds of customers about their backup needs. Besides reliability and performance, a key requirement is around flexibility of deployment. Customers don’t want to be locked in. They want the flexibility to choose whatever platform best fits their environment, budget and SLAs. One of the key advantages of Symantec NetBackup is our heterogeneous platform approach. With that said, customers also don’t want to be their own system integrator so it is up to us as vendors to work together to ensure interoperability and support. With that, I am pleased to say that for customers who have standardized on the popular Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) platform can officially deploy NetBackup with confidence as the first and only backup vendor to achieve Cisco’s official Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) certification.  Extended further, thanks to the hard work done over the years by Symantec, Cisco and VMware...