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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Anatomy of an upgrade: Veritas NetBackup 6.0

New software versions are often plagued by bugs. Symantec has fixed numerous bugs in Veritas NetBackup 6.0 as some users have had major problems upgrading to the newest version of the popular backup application. When Symantec Corp. released the latest upgrade to Veritas NetBackup 6.0--Maintenance Pack 3 (MP3)--on June 30, Graeme Hackland took a deep breath. As IT manager for the Renault Formula One (F1) Team in Enstone, U.K., he uses Veritas NetBackup 6.0 to protect 80TB of storage that supports the company's F1 racing cars on the track and during the manufacturing process. "It's working well for me now with Maintenance Pack 2 [MP2], so unless there's a compelling reason for me to go with MP3, I'm not going to rush into it," says Hackland. He has no plans to install MP3, despite the recent e-mail alert from Symantec urging customers to upgrade right away. His cautious approach is born of experience. By the time the Renault F1 Team upgraded from Veritas NetBackup 5.1 to 6.0 MP2 in May, the product had been shipping for seven ...

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Features in this issue

  • Tricky backup for SharePoint

  • CDP: Look before you leap

    Some pundits have postulated that continuous data protection (CDP) will replace backup. But is that just new technology hyperbole or is CDP a must-have technology?

  • Backup-to-disk performance tuning

    Disk-based backup can lower costs, reduce complexity and add scalability. But to achieve top performance, you'll need to do lots of benchmarking and watch for poorly configured production storage.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup best practices are always evolving

    Some new advances in backup, such as virtual tape libraries, represent evolutionary enhancements to the traditional backup process, while others like continuous data protection and single-instance storage are potentially far more transformational.

  • 10 points to consider before deploying an e-mail archive

    Selecting an e-mail archiving application based solely on features and functions may result in unexpected administration costs. Consider these 10 points before deploying an e-mail archiver.

  • Some small tech upstarts might play big roles

    Storage Bin: The big storage vendors are always trying to steal a piece of each other's pie. But some small tech upstarts might play big parts in determining who comes out on top.