Symantec enhances NetBackup for VMware

Posted on March 15, 2011

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By Dave Simpson

Symantec has added enhancements in the 7.1 release of its  NetBackup software, most of which are targeted at VMware users.

For example, VMware Intelligent Policy (VIP) automates the discovery and protection of virtual machines (VMs).

“VIP gives users the automation they need to ensure that any new VMs that come online are protected,” says Peter Elliman, “and as the locations of VMs change, VIP guarantees on-the-fly data protection without the need to edit or create new backup policies.” Policies are determined by the backup administrator, and are subsequently automated.

Symantec claims 50% faster VM backups compared to some competing products due in part to NetBackup’s Granular Recovery Technology (GRT). GRT was previously available only for Windows, but in NetBackup 7.1 Symantec added support for Linux (Red Hat and Suse) in VMware environments. GRT allows near-instant recovery at the file or folder level from VM image backups.

Also in NetBackup 7.1, Symantec added support for VMware in its NetBackup RealTime module, which provides continuous data protection (CDP), and integrated the software with VMware vCenter.

Another new feature in NetBackup provides auto image replication for near-instant recovery of data at remote sites.  “This feature, which can be used with physical or virtual servers, allows fast recovery of data wherever it exists,” says Elliman. “We can quickly import data at a secondary site into the NetBackup catalog so that the data is available for immediate recovery.

Elliman says that this feature eliminates the need to write scripts or use import processes.

Other enhancements in NetBackup include better audit trail functionality for compliance and regulatory requirements; improved reports for storage lifecycle policies, audit trails and licensing in NetBackup OpsCenter; enhanced backup and deduplication for Oracle databases; and support for MySQL databases.

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