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Symantec NetBackup Appliance 5000 Series

The Symantec NetBackup 5000 series, offers scalable deduplication appliance solutions for the enterprise that provides operational simplicity, effective utilization of bandwidth and storage, and high performance. It provides the critical features required to protect all your data. It reduces the size of backups by up to 50 times with a deduplication engine that can be deployed for storage and bandwidth reduction and connected to a NetBackup domain, in a matter of minutes. An open and flexible architecture allows you to easily scale the size of the solution to meet the changing needs of your environment.

What are Agents, Options and Add-ons

Agents are required for a product to operate on a certain platform.
Options are used to extend the functionality of the base product.


Improved Oracle Deduplication

Preserve the physical layout of the Oracle blocks. This enables much higher deduplication rates across the source, the target (NetBackup Media Server Deduplication Pool or MSDP), or deduplicated off-host backups. Average deduplication rates have been shown to be 80-90+%.
  • Note: The deduplication ratio will vary based on the data change rate and data locality.
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NetBackup Bare Metal Restore

Provides all the files and services necessary to perform system recovery, including the ability to perform diskless network booting, temporary OS installation, and disk configuration. This feature boasts a complete system recovery time of approximately 15 minutes on any platform.

NetBackup Client Encryption

Data is encrypted at the source/client to provide a very high level of data security while in transit over the network and on storage media. Client encryption is ideal for protecting smaller, yet dedicated clients and databases. It supports a variety of encryption algorithms, including 128-bit and 256-bit as well as legacy 40-bit and 56-bit encryption methods.

NetBackup SAN Media Server

Designed for customers who would prefer to utilize their storage area network (SAN) for backup operations instead of their local area network (LAN). This feature enables LANfree data protection with high-performance access to shared resources.

NetBackup SAN Client

Offloads backup traffic from the LAN and allows for fast backups over the SAN at approximately 150 MB/sec. The SAN client can send data to a variety of NetBackup disk options and allows you to back up and restore to disk over the SAN. Data is sent to media servers via SCSI commands over the SAN rather than TCP/IP over the LAN to optimize performance.

NetBackup Snapshot Client

Enables low-impact backup and recovery for databases and applications. By enabling you to leverage a variety of software or hardware snapshot capabilities, this feature can greatly reduce the amount of data being transferred during backup and recovery as well as dramatically improve backup performance and recovery time for mission-critical databases and applications.

NetBackup VMware Protection

NetBackup can provide both client and virtual machine (VM) level protection using the vStorage API. This integration enables a single backup of VMware images to deliver granular file-level or full image-level recovery, reducing both the time and cost of VMware data protection.
  • Improves speed by 50% and reduces storage by up to 40% versus previous versions' approaches with VMware Consolidate Backup
  • Only NetBackup offers instant recovery of files from block-level increment backups (BLIB)
  • Complete deduplication across all virtual and physical systems regardless of backup method
  • Automate and manage snapshots inside a virtual machine from host and array-based providers
  • No backup or recovery compromises for customers who back up directly to tape

NetBackup Microsoft Hyper-V

Reduce the performance impact of virtual machine (VM) backup and recovery using NetBackup. Automatically discover existing virtual machines as well as those not currently protected. The NetBackup Enterprise Client delivers even more benefits:
  • Eliminate the impact of backup with off-host/server-less backup of individual VMs
  • Protect VMs without using a client or agent inside the virtual machine
  • Save time and resources: get two types of recovery—VM and file-level—from one backup operation
  • Faster daily backups with incremental backups of entire VMs
  • No backup or recovery compromises for customers who back up directly to tape

NetBackup IBM DB2 UDB Universal Database

NetBackup software works with IBM DB2 native backup and recovery utilities to protect DB2 databases and archive logs. NetBackup offers unprecedented techniques for protecting DB2 databases—from integrated block-level backup and recovery to instant recovery via the NetBackup Snapshot Client.
Features and Benefits
  • Flexible backup options—Full, incremental, and blocklevel backups as well as backup of archive logs via the user exit program
  • Wizard-based configuration—Performs step-by-step configuration of DB2 backup and recovery via an intuitive, graphical, wizard-based interface

NetBackup IBM Informix Dynamic Server

NetBackup protects IBM Informix Dynamic Server and IBM Informix Extended Parallel Server running on many of today’s popular operating platforms. NetBackup, in conjunction with the Informix ON-Bar utility, provides a methodology to help ensure that business-critical Informix applications are safely backed up and can be recovered quickly.
Features and Benefits
  • Continuous logical log backup—Configure automated logical log backup to help prevent logical logs from filling up and locking up the database server
  • Flexible backup options—Back up and restore at the dbspace, blobspace, and logical log file level

NetBackup Microsoft SQL Server

NetBackup for Microsoft SQL Server delivers comprehensive data protection for SQL Server and SQL Server databases.
Features and Benefits
  • High-speed recovery—Verify-only restores can be used to verify the SQL contents of a backup image without actually restoring the data
  • Point-in-time recovery—Recovers SQL databases to the exact point in time or transaction log mark by rolling forward only the transactions that occurred prior to a user-specified date and time
  • Granular database view—Display of database object properties provides backup and recovery flexibility

NetBackup MySQL

Customers can now integrate MySQL databases into their NetBackup environment by using the Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL - NetBackup Option. This plug-in provided by Zmanda, a Symantec STEP partner, enables NetBackup to provide centralized backup and recovery of multiple MySQL databases/servers across Linux, Solaris and Windows operating systems. Benefits include:
  • Schedule full, differential and incremental backups of MySQL database
  • Recover database easily to a required point in time or to any particular database event
  • Backup compression and encryption
  • Extensive monitoring and reporting
This product is licensed separately through Zmanda.

NetBackup Oracle

The NetBackup Oracle Agent is tightly integrated with the Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) to deliver highperformance backup and recovery solutions. It supports Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), offers continuous data protection, and can clone Oracle databases from backup images.
Features and Benefits
  • Online/Hot Oracle backups—Keep the database online and increase reliability by eliminating manual processes and scripts
  • RMAN integration—Tightly integrated with the Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) wizard to deliver high performance backup and recovery
  • Eliminate backup and recovery windows—Using snapshots and continuous data protection with Symantec NetBackup RealTime

NetBackup Sybase

NetBackup for Sybase offers high-performance backup and recovery for Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) databases on leading UNIX and Windows platforms.
Features and Benefits
  • Parallel backup and recovery—Supports the parallel backup and restore capabilities of the Sybase ASE Backup Server. This permits you to run more than one tape device at a time for a single Sybase ASE backup or restore, helping to reduce the time necessary to complete the operation
  • Track backup history—Detailed views of backup history simplify restores, as backups of databases and transaction logs are easier to track

NetBackup IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino Server

Symantec offers high-performance backup and recovery for Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino server with NetBackup for Lotus Notes. Administrators can leverage intuitive GUIs to help set consistent backup policies across the enterprise and to quickly identify critical Lotus files or databases when they need to be restored.
Features and Benefits
  • Alternate restoration techniques—With backups not tied to a specific backup server, NetBackup software can restore Lotus data either on an alternate system or in an alternate directory
  • Advanced Lotus integration—Support for partitioned Lotus servers and Lotus clustering

NetBackup Microsoft Active Directory

For any enterprise, Microsoft Active Directory is integral in managing network services. Therefore, the comprehensive protection and quick recovery of Active Directory is critical.
Features and benefits
  • Recover any Active Directory item—Granular recovery including the ability to recover all items with full attributes (for example, user, server, printers) to satisfy both daily and disaster recovery (DR) requirements with one backup image
  • Eliminate Active Directory server reboot—Minimize downtime and keep the application up and running
  • Ease of use and control—Leverage Microsoft VSS system state backup for ease of use and control

NetBackup Microsoft Exchange Server

Symantec recognizes the need for nondisruptive mechanisms to protect Exchange data, along with all data in the enterprise. NetBackup for Microsoft Exchange helps provide the performance and flexibility required for effective backup and recovery operations within large Exchange based environments.
Features and Benefits
  • Online backup—Complete, nondisruptive protection of the Exchange database and mailbox components, including mailbox-level backup
  • Flexible restore options—Rapid, granular recovery of databases and mailboxes, including support for performing individual message restores
  • Eliminate MAPI backups—Enable granular recovery of the full application and a single email with only one backup pass and one copy stored

NetBackup Microsoft Office SharePoint Server

Features and Benefits
  • Easy to use—One console can be used to protect SharePoint and Windows services; includes server farm configuration and single sign-on for databases
  • Granular recovery—Save time and storage by recovering SharePoint files, including different versions of a file, sites, sub-sites, and lists such as calendars and links

Netbackup SAP

The integration of NetBackup for SAP NetWeaver with the SAP DBA administrative interface, along with the BR backup and recovery commands, provides a solid, SAP NetWeaver–centric data protection solution for customer specific configurations on the UNIX, Windows, and Linux platforms.
Features and Benefits
  • Oracle RMAN support—Leverage Oracle RMAN benefits when protecting SAP NetWeaver using Oracle
  • No backup window and instant recovery—By using NetBackup RealTime continuous data protection and live replication
  • Flexible implementation—Perform database operations through NetBackup, or use the SAP tools (SAPDBA interface) independently

NetBackup Enterprise Vault

NetBackup now automates the protection and recovery of Enterprise Vault environments.
Features and Benefits
  • Simplify protection of Enterprise Vault servers—Automatically discover the various servers and components within your Enterprise Vault environment that need protection, including partitions and their associated databases
  • Leverage snapshot technology—The backup of the snapshot is done quickly and efficiently, eliminating the need for manual scripts or the manipulation of registry settings
  • Effective disaster recovery—Centrally manage the disaster recovery process of the Enterprise Vault partitions and databases


Data Protection Optimization

Formerly the NetBackup Deduplication Option, the Data Protection Optimization Option adds the NetBackup Accelerator license to the existing client-side and media server deduplication licenses.
Customers can install and configure deduplication and also optimized duplication of images (via replication) from the NetBackup console. Some key benefits include:
NetBackup Accelerator: Speed of an incremental recoverability of a full
  • Client-side deduplication without the time consuming file scan for file systems
  • Optimized synthetics to synthetically recreate full backup images (providing recoverability of a full)
  • Up to 100x faster backups
Client deduplication at the source
  • Reduce backup infrastructure requirements with deduplication at the source
  • Move up to 99% less data for faster backups
  • Use with any existing NetBackup client
Media server deduplication
  • A scalable deduplication engine that can live in one or more NetBackup servers
  • Configure disk target with a wizard and no additional server hardware
  • Reduce the size of backup images by up to 80%
  • Use fewer servers with up to 32 TB of dedupe storage per NetBackup server
  • Compatible with existing Symantec NetBackup PureDisk storage targets
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NetBackup Enterprise Disk

Back up your data to third-party disk appliances that support a unique NetBackup API called OpenStorage. With OpenStorage, NetBackup can better manage operations through these devices and take advantage of the unique capabilities of each device, such as deduplication and replication. A number of Symantec Technology Enabled Program (STEP) partners are participating and have brought unique solutions to the market. Some key benefits include:
  • Fully leveraged intelligent disk appliances-Take advantage of high-speed backup and recovery over a Fibre Channel or IP connection, along with disk sharing, virtualization, and deduplication technologies
  • Enhanced disaster recovery-Fully leverage advanced features such as backup image replication between multiple data centers, eliminating the need to ship, encrypt, or store tapes

Use virtual tape libraries (that is, VTLs) with NetBackup. Some key benefits include:
  • Media management-Leverage NetBackup's powerful media management capabilities just like a physical tape library and drives
  • Enhanced functionality-NetBackup can create physical tape copies of virtual tapes, while letting the VTL be the data mover (requires supporting VTL capability)

Use NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage pools. Some key benefits include:
  • Media server load balancing-Job allocated to least busy media server and automatic rerouting if server goes down
  • Intelligent capacity management-Automatic selection of disk volume with adequate capacity for backup, otherwise automatically spans volumes; most important data retained as long as possible
  • Use Storage Lifecycle Policies-Backup images are automatically copied/migrated through their defined life cycle
  • Data encryption-NetBackup can encrypt data written to these storage pools

NetBackup RealTime

Provides disk-based continuous data protection (CDP) and live IP-based replication to dramatically reduce data loss and recovery times of critical applications, including for disaster recovery, NetBackup RealTime can perform CDP and replication across any application and storage array while being integrated with NetBackup for specific applications agents. Can be purchased as an option to NetBackup or as standalone.
  • Continuous data protection—Eliminates backup windows and enables any point-in-time recovery
  • Disaster recovery using IP-based replication—Replicate between different storage tiers or vendors to remove the costs, management overhead, and risks of shipping tape between locations
  • Integration with NetBackup—For off-host protection using NetBackup application agents and a single interface for all types of protection – tape, deduplication, snapshots, CDP and replication

NetBackup Desktop and Laptop

This option provides continuous disk-based protection and automated file protection for desktops and laptops, whether on- or offline. Files can be backed up continuously, on a schedule, or manually. Some key benefits include:
  • Offline backup and restore—When offline, files will be backed up to a local folder. When a connection is restored, data will be moved from a local file to the network share
  • Flexible user restore—Users can easily find and restore their own data wherever and whenever they need it, saving time for both users and IT administrators
  • Decreased total cost of ownership—Use the existing network infrastructure to protect and synchronize files between multiple machines

NetBackup Shared Storage

Share tape drives across NetBackup media servers and a SAN for enhanced performance and deliver a higher return on investment for tape drive and library hardware. Some key benefits include:
  • Minimized backup costs—Increase tape drive utilization and lower the total number of drives required
  • Rapid deployment—Graphical wizards quickly discover and configure shared tape drives
  • Increased fault tolerance—Access additional tape resources in the event of a drive or network failure; includes support for multiple paths to tape drives

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NetBackup Network Data Management Protocol

Provide reliable, high-performing backup and recovery services for NDMP-enabled NAS to local attached tape, to tape attached to another NDMP-compliant NAS device, or to an existing NetBackup media server. Some key benefits include:
  • Optimized NAS environments—Create point-in-time snapshots of data on an NDMP-enabled NAS device and leverage the Shared Storage Option to share tape drives between NAS devices and NetBackup Media Servers
  • Decreased performance impact—Support for Direct Access Recovery greatly reduces the time to restore a single file from tape-resident backup images
  • Simplified setup—A wizard-driven device configurator reduces the complexity of discovering and configuring NDMP-attached tape resources

NetBackup Media Server Encryption

Help ensure that tapes being transported offsite cannot be read in the event they are lost, mishandled, or stolen. MSEO provides maximum flexibility and performance by providing parallelized and selectable encryption and compression as well as "set it and forget it" key management. Some key benefits include:
  • Easier management and control—Encrypt within the NetBackup policy, eliminating a separate process or an extra dedicated device to manage
  • Maximum flexibility—Choose what data you want to encrypt and then choose the appropriate compression and encryption strength (AES 128-bit or AES 256-bit)
  • Support for most common backup configurations—Includes support for disk staging to tape, the creation of tape copies for offsite purposes, and the backup of NAS devices (via NDMP)

NetBackup Vault

Keep mission-critical data safely offsite in the event of a disaster by automating the complex and tedious process of backup duplication and offsite media management. Some key benefits include:
  • Increased efficiency—Automate and track the movement of backup tapes to and from an offsite storage facility
  • Simplified duplication tasks—The Option provides necessary redundancy in case the primary backup tape is lost or destroyed, allowing for one copy to be kept onsite and another offsite
  • Manual ejection of tapes eliminated—Tape ejection is handled automatically based on profiles that determine which tapes should be sent offsite each day