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Efficiency. Integration. Control
The OpenStorage initiative is an exciting innovation that allows NetBackup to take advantage of new features found in enterprise storage devices, including, but not limited to, storage deduplication, replication, and energy efficiency.
Symantec OpenStorage allows storage partners to deliver backup and recovery solutions with tighter integration with NetBackup. When Partners become members of the Symantec Technology Enabled Program (STEP), they gain access to the OpenStorage API. Partners write code for a plug-in that can be installed on the media server platform(s) of their choice (e.g., Windows, Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Linux).
  • OpenStorage API separates backup business logic from storage device implementation
  • OpenStorage supports any connectivity, any protocol (FC, TCP/IP, combination), and any file system format
  • Collaborate with Symantec engineers to expose the most important features for customers
  • View a complete list of qualified storage partners
Qualified NetBackup OpenStorage Partners:
  • DataDomain
  • EMC
  • ExaGrid
  • FalconStor
  • Fujitsu
  • GreenBytes
  • HP
  • IBM
  • NEC
  • Quantum
  • Sepaton
Other partners participating in the OpenStorage initiative include:
  • Oracle (formerly Sun)
  • NetApp
The OpenStorage initiative allows customers to better utilize advanced, disk-based storage solutions from qualified partners. Tighter integration between the backup software and storage allows customers to increase the efficiency and performance of their existing assets using an easy-to-deploy, purpose-built appliance that does not have the limitation of tape emulation devices.
Some advantages include:
  • Increases control and utilization of information and hardware
  • Improves the speed and reduces the complexity of recovery during a disaster
The NetBackup OpenStorage API allows partners to write plug-ins to their storage appliances that allow NetBackup to control when backup images are created, duplicated, and deleted. This also allows partner appliances to control how the images are stored in and copied between appliances. In this manner, partners add unique business value to a joint solution with their own specialized technological innovations.
  • Concurrent read/write operations on disk improves utilization and speed
  • Allows for WAN-optimized image replication to disaster recovery (DR) sites
  • Allows for power management
IBM

IBM’s unique and patented ProtecTIER inline deduplication technology dramatically increases performance and reliability of NetBackup environments without reconfiguring or making radical changes to policies or procedures. Integrated replication technology delivers enterprise-class Disaster Recovery capabilities while reducing disk and network bandwidth requirements by up to 95% or more.

Key Features
  • Inline deduplication delivering up to 2000 MB/sec or more (>7.2 TB/hr) sustained backup performance
  • Even faster restores at up to 2800 MB/sec or more (> 10 TB/hour) sustained recovery performance, fastest on the market
  • Industry leading scalability to provide up to 25 PBs or more backup storage capacity (at 25:1 deduplication ratio)
  • True clustering provides high availability, increased performance and true global deduplication
  • IBM’s unique non-hash-based approach was designed to provide 100% data integrity by avoiding the possibility of data loss due to a hash collision
  • Tested and proven in thousands of production environments around the globe since 2005

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ExaGrid offers the only disk-based backup appliance with data deduplication purpose-built for backup that leverages a unique architecture optimized for performance, scalability and price. ExaGrid's system enables IT departments to achieve the fastest, most reliable backups and restores, and ExaGrid is the first vendor to deliver disk backup with data deduplication at a cost that approaches the price of tape. ExaGrid has more than 2,000 systems installed and more than 150 published customer success stories.

Key Features
  • First and only deduplication appliance fully OST-certified (basic and optimized duplication) with both NetBackup and Backup Exec
  • Storage efficiency from 10:1 to 50:1 via byte-level data deduplication
  • Quick installation with a turnkey plug-and-play appliance
  • Shortest backup window, using post-process deduplication
  • Fastest restore and tape copy by storing a full recent backup copy

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GreenBytes, Inc. is a provider of high-performance, energy-efficient, inline deduplication storage appliances. Combining highly innovative software technology with a world-class server platform, GreenBytes storage appliances feature the highest levels of scalability and reliability in an easy-to-use, cost-effective package, designed to bring the benefits of data deduplication to the broader storage market.

Key Features
  • Next generation inline deduplicating storage appliance with ingestion and restore speeds in excess of 3.4TB/hr
  • Unique SSD enhanced architecture ensures that GreenBytes' read/restore performance equals or surpasses ingest performance
  • Cutting-edge inline deduplication technology avoids the need to over provision storage common to more mature post process deduplication solutions
  • Tunable deduplication and compression technologies enabling individualized data set efficiencies

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EMC Data Domain: Deduplication storage systems that continue to revolutionize disk backup, archiving, and disaster recovery with high-speed, inline deduplication. By consolidating backup and archive data on a Data Domain system, you can reduce storage requirements by 10-30x, making disk cost-effective for onsite retention and highly efficient for network-based replication to disaster recovery sites.

Key Features
  • Up to 1.3 PB of usable capacity
  • Throughput of up to 31 TB/hr – complete more backups sooner while putting less pressure on limited backup windows
  • Sends only deduplicated and compressed data across the network, requiring a fraction of the bandwidth, time, and cost compared to traditional replication methods
  • Continuous recovery verification, fault detection, and healing for end-to-end data integrity

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FalconStor Virtual Tape Library (VTL) OpenStorage Option integrates key FalconStor VTL functions with NetBackup operations allowing customers to leverage inherent features such as deduplication and replication in a range of deployment modes.

Key Features
  • Fibre-Channel (FC) and IP support for OpenStorage
  • Supports heterogeneous disk arrays from major vendors
  • Integrated copy-to-tape operations to meet physical tape requirements for archiving and compliance

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Quantum Corp. is the leading global storage company specializing in backup, recovery and archive. Quantum provides a comprehensive, integrated range of disk, tape, and software solutions supported by a world-class sales and service organization. This includes the DXi-Series, the first disk backup solutions to extend the power of data deduplication and replication across the distributed enterprise.

Key Features
  • Scalable solutions that reduce disk and network bandwidth requirements by more than 90%
  • Policy based deduplication, matching the right deduplication mode to the customer's business needs
  • Unify short term backup with long term retention without moving data through the media server
  • Full support for OpenStorage, including the first deduplication solution qualified with OpenStorage Direct-to-Tape

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SEPATON provides intelligent data protection solutions that enable enterprises to control data center cost and risk by managing massive, fast growing data volumes in a single automated system. SEPATON's unique DeltaScale® architecture and ContentAware™ technology enable the SEPATON platform to deliver industry-leading performance; modular, grid scalability; scalable deduplication; and high reliability as well as monitoring and management of data assets throughout the data protection life cycle.

Key Features
  • OST certified
  • Fast, non-disruptive implementation - tape emulation protects investment in existing equipment
  • Massive, grid scalability – protects petabytes in a single system
  • Eight times faster performance than nearest competitor
  • Enterprise-class deduplication and replication
  • Storage pooling with thin provisioning and multi-tenancy enables fast, simple migration, tiering data for SLP, and security
  • Support for OST over Ethernet transport - 1 Gb and 10 Gb Ethernet connectivity for phased introduction

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