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Veritas' enterprise backup software balances old and new school needs

Veritas NetBackup software comes with many backup capabilities for the enterprise, like backup to tape, VM recovery and cloud integration.

The goal of Veritas' enterprise backup software and appliances, NetBackup, is to solve backup challenges that plague enterprises. NetBackup languished for some time prior to Veritas spinning out of its parent company, Symantec; during that period, NetBackup was slow to move on new data protection opportunities like backup of virtual machines and the adoption of new technologies like copy data management.

But since Veritas separated itself from Symantec, the enterprise backup software has seen new life. NetBackup and NetBackup Appliance, Veritas' primary products, cover all the traditional platforms an IT department would expect of enterprise backup software, including Windows, Linux and Unix. It provides online protection of all the major databases like Oracle and Microsoft SQL. It also supports backup to disk and backup to tape, something an increasing number of data protection vendors now leave out of their software.

A key aspect of NetBackup is its comprehensive integration with VMware and Hyper-V. It integrates with VMware VVOLs technology to provide dynamic protection of those volumes regardless of the volume's location. NetBackup automatically discovers virtual machines and adds them to a default data protection group.

Veritas is also improving the product's VM recovery capabilities. In Hyper-V environments, NetBackup can perform self-service operations from within the Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager console, and VMware instant recovery can trigger from within the vSphere web client.

Explore NetBackup's many features

NetBackup hasn't forgotten about bare-metal database activity. The latest version automatically detects and backs up new SQL instances and centralizes all management, which results in no more batch files or scripts. Organizationally, the GUI enables easier administration authorization and specific policy design because it allows the categorization of instances into groups.

NetBackup's return to the enterprise backup software foray comes with capabilities that are often found in several point offerings.

Enterprises can also have a lot of NetApp filers. NetBackup provides support for Clustered Data ONTAP (cDOT) bringing Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) backup and restore to the cDOT environment. NetBackup's snapshot management capabilities also operate transparently in the cDOT infrastructure. Finally, NetBackup advances NetBackup Accelerator for NDMP. It provides an incremental forever approach to backing up filers. After the first full backup, the only data that changes needs to go to the backup server. Changes are assembled into the baseline to make a synthetic full image for rapid recovery. 

NetBackup has cloud integration with native interfaces for a variety of cloud and object storage providers including Rackspace, AT&T Synaptic, Amazon, Google, Cloudian and Verizon. It has a new, customized user experience, creating a self-service console for cloud service provider partners.

NetBackup's return to the enterprise backup software foray comes with capabilities that are often found in several point offerings. The difference is that all of those capabilities are now centralized into a single interface. NetBackup is available as software or as a turnkey appliance with up to 458 TB of usable capacity.

Environments that are not 100 percent virtualized are typically not 100 percent virtualized for a reason. There is a preference to run mission-critical databases or applications in a bare-metal state. Most enterprises also have stand-alone NAS systems like NetApp and those need to be protected as well. NetBackup is enterprise backup software that attempts to do it all.

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This was last published in December 2016

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