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  • Continuous data protection (CDP) grows up, finds friends
    Server SAP AG ERP applications and Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Corp databases for which it can provide real time recovery in the event of problems such as data corruption software errors or a virus CDP still often in planning stage Explosives maker Dyno Nobel is considering combining RecoverPoint s CDP and continuous remote replication CRR to eliminate backups Gary Eckman IT infrastructure lead at Dyno Nobel says the combined technologies would leave one full set of data locally and one full set of data remotely That would let him repurpose the disk he s using for backup However the plan is still on the drawing board We re still in the conceptual phase I don t know anybody who s done it yet Eckman said He added Not until the industry makes a move will I make a move Trigon Holding IS administrator Adam Vogini said he had no interest in CDP as a standalone product because of cost but jumped at the chance to upgrade to Symantec s Backup Exec 11d once it came bundled with CDP However Vogini said he was forced to uninstall the product s agent after it caused Exchange Server to crash He said he plans to try the latest version of Backup Exec with CDP as soon it supports Trigon s antivirus software No shortage of continuous data protection options Other products available with block level continuous data protection near CDP functionality includes BakBone Software s NetVault FASTRecover NVFR CA s XOSoft Double Take Software s Backup FalconStor Software s Continuous Data Protector IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack InMage Systems DR Scout and Microsoft s Data Protection Manager File level CDP products for desktops and laptops include Atempo s Live Backup Barracuda Networks Inc s Yosemite FileKeeper and IBM Tivoli CDP for Files Hosted service providers offering CDP capability include Asigra Inc i365 and Iron Mountain Inc Early failings led to low adoption Gartner Inc research vice president Dave Russell said continuous data protection failed to take off originally because it was sold at first by small unproven private companies and organisations were not willing to use standalone products they had to install and manage separate from their main backup applications Lauren Whitehouse of Enterprise Strategy Group added that customers will not rip out backup software they already have in place But companies with no backup solution in place may consider CDP Previously the integration with all the functionality we desired wasn t there in a single solution Scott Stellmon a systems architect at The Children s Health Council wrote via email He said the organization is currently testing Symantec s Backup Exec and looking into other products as well My biggest concerns are performance additional equipment cost security and scalability Stellmon added With the added security I m not sure how things will perform Also if I put this into production it will need to be highly reliable available increasing the complexity and cost of our infrastructure So I m not sure

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  • How to fine-tune Backup Exec
    get the information off the disk for backup Disk fragmentation can slow performance of Backup Exec significantly Check to see how fragmented your disks are and defragment if necessary Turn compression on Tell the Backup Exec to compress any files which can be compressed Some files like mpegs and jpegs can t be compressed If you suspect the problem may be in the compression try switching from hardware to software compression or vice versa Make sure your backup software isn t getting in the way Antivirus software can be a particular problem in Backup Exec Checking every file being backed up for viruses is unnecessary and slows backup performance For more on the interaction between Backup Exec and Norton Antivirus see Symantec s Backup Exec Forum Also the newer versions of Backup Exec have a feature called Tamper Protection that can cause problems with antivirus software Tape backup with Backup Exec If you re backing up to tape power cycle the tape drive or library and the server This should clear up temporary problems This re initializes the tape system and resets the tape system s state This may remedy everything from a problem caused by a power glitch to some incorrectly set parameters The SCSI part controllers cables terminators etc of your backup system can sap performance if the parameters are set incorrectly when backing up to tape Check the documentation and compare the values there with your settings The verify option should give you a good overall picture of the condition of the SCSI system They can do the same thing when backing up to disk but because of the random write nature of disk it doesn t have the problem to the same degree tape does Tape needs data fed at a nice even speed that matches the speed of the tape unit for best performance Disk can handle intermittent slowdowns in the data rate better than tape can because it writes randomly Use the verify option to check the health of the SCSI system The verify operation is generally limited by the speed of the SCSI system Check the performance by examining the logs of jobs with verify operations in them If the verify speeds are low check the SCSI subsystem for possible bottlenecks Make sure your controller is rated for the speed of your tape drive For example an LTO 3 tape drive requires a SCSI 320 network Check that your tape drives are not connected to a SCSI RAID controller Among the other possible problems with SCSI are improper cabling loose or bad termination and incorrect SCSI BIOS settings Also make sure the initiate wide negotiation option is set to yes if you are using a 68 pin cable connector to your tape drive If you re backing up to disk test the Backup to Disk B2D folder The B2D folder s main use is to prevent the loss of data if a device fails but it provides a benchmark for Backup Exec against

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  • Linux backup and recovery tools roundup
    backed up using just about any backup system including shell scripts if you are so inclined there are specialized features of virtualized systems that respond best to software designed for virtualized backup For example Symantec Veritas NetBackup lets administrators take a single snapshot of a physical server and capture all the virtualized servers running on it instead of having to take individual snapshots of each of the virtual servers Typically the Linux virtualised backup products can restore anything from individual files on a virtualized application to an entire bare metal restore to a physical or virtual Linux server They can also clone an existing instance of a virtual server to create another virtual server This is handy for doing a quick restore especially in the event of a hardware failure where you need to get a server instance up and running quickly Cluster support is also increasingly common in Linux backup products such as NetVault Backup from BakBone Software This includes the ability to manage clusters as a single unit from a single screen on the console for backup and storage management purposes NetVault exemplifies another trend in Linux backup software It offers continuous data protection CDP through a feature called NetVault Replicator that replicates byte level data changes over a LAN or WAN Data deduplication has also come to Linux backup through companies like Data Domain that provide deduplication at part of their feature set Of course like any other storage management feature vendors vary in how well they support Linux backup In choosing a Linux backup product it s important to test to make sure the candidate can meet your needs and doesn t just represent an effort to fill a check box on a features list However if you re looking for basic backup there are a lot of Linux products that can do that as well Some of them as simple shell scripts that rely on Linux utilities like tar to handle parts of the backup jobs Others are more sophisticated products like Bacula which offer additional features For example Bacula which is open source now offers virtual backup and virtual tape emulation in its Version 3 0 Other Linux backup utilities include Amanda MondoRescue and SimpleBackupSuite Dig Deeper on Data backup processes All News Problem Solve Maritime museum backs up with HP LeftHand Microsoft EMC preparing SnapImage upgrade for Solaris Users shun VMware backup technologies stick to older products ASIC flags database virtualization push as part of massive Symantec backup rollout Load More View All Maritime museum backs up with HP LeftHand Microsoft EMC preparing SnapImage upgrade for Solaris Users shun VMware backup technologies stick to older products ASIC flags database virtualization push as part of massive Symantec backup rollout Load More View All News Oracle backup with RMAN and Automatic Storage Manager Server virtualisation may have big disaster recovery payoff CDP Getting what you need CDP Super snapshots eventually View All Problem solve ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data

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  • Three best practices for virtual machine backup
    it requires a number of pieces to work right a sync driver on the ESX server to flush the file systems and create a snapshot a vLUN driver on the proxy server to present VMDKs to the proxy and command line utilities to assist with scripting automation through the command line interface CLI It also will require an integration module provided by VMware or the backup application vendor Storage managers often mix different approaches For example Health First is a three hospital healthcare provider network and uses VMware Consolidated Backup through a third party tool Vizioncore s vRanger Pro to back up 1 5 TB of data from approximately 220 virtual machines every night The data is backed up to disk However the hospital also uses IBM Tivoli Storage Manager TSM and installs a TSM backup agent on some of the virtual machines The TSM backups go to disk and then to tape which is shipped offsite Virtualization backup and disaster recovery tools The major array vendors are tuning their backup recovery and replication tools to work with VMware often as part of a two step process in which companies use VMware Consolidated Backup to protect the virtual machines by creating crash consistent copies and then deploying array based replication technology to protect the data VMware also introduced Site Recovery Manager to automate disaster recovery management Site Recovery Manager works with VMware s VirtualCenter management console and with replication software from various storage partners including 3PAR Inc Dell Inc EMC Corp FalconStor Hewlett Packard Co Hitachi Data Systems IBM LeftHand Networks Inc and NetApp Navicure a Duluth provider of revenue cycle management systems for physicians relied on extensive manual scripting to back up as many as two dozen virtual servers using the replication capabilities built into its EqualLogic SAN now owned by Dell The scripting was taking us hours said Donald Wilkins Navicure s IT director We wanted to streamline the process Just trying to recover a virtual machine and promote it to production involved a cumbersome process of mounting files and changing IP addresses Site Recovery Manager automated all this for us all the scripting and changing of IP addresses It also lets us test our DR plan non intrusively said Wilkins To validate this approach Wilkins undertook the two hour challenge to bring up 10 virtual machines in two hours We started at 7 p m on a Friday night and began cloning VMs with EqualLogic We changed IP addresses replicated them and defined protection groups in less than two hours We pressed a button and had all 10 VMs up and running 10 minutes later he said By 9 p m the team was heading home UGL Unicco turned to STORServer Inc s STORServer Appliance for VMware Consolidated Backup With approximately 100 virtual machines running on five VMware ESX servers and TSM as its primary backup tool UGL Unicco uses the STORServer Appliance to interface with Tivoli VMware and VCB For most of its VMs it puts

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  • Beyond vmkfstools: alternatives to VMware's backup tools
    disk becomes read only 3 Run FastSCP select File Add Server and add your source ESX host or specify a vCenter Server to add all hosts that are managed by it Complete the Add Server wizard and click Finish 4 Once you connect to the host you have added you can browse its filesystem including all of the VMFS volumes that it has access to Browse until you find the directory of the VM that you want to back up If you want to back up just the virtual disk file then you need to copy both the large flat vmdk file and also the smaller disk descriptor file Both of these files should have the same name with the exception of the flat part of the larger file Don t copy any vmdk files that have delta or 0000001 in the file name as those are snapshots You can also copy all of the smaller files but they are not necessary to recover the VM as the actual data of the VM is in the vmdk files and select the Copy option see below 5 In the left pane select either another ESX host or a local network drive under My Computer then in the right pane right click and select Paste as shown below 6 The copy will commence as shown below Once it completes you will have a backup copy of your virtual disk and you can power the virtual machine back on or remove the snapshot As mentioned earlier you can also use the vmkfstools Service Console utility to make backup copies of virtual disks on to VMFS volumes This is a special utility that VMware has developed for virtual disk file operations and is designed to work with VMware s proprietary VMFS volumes When used with the i parameter it will create a cloned copy of your source virtual disk file to whatever directory you specify on a VMFS volume You can also specify to split the disk file into separate 2 GB files using the d 2gbsparse parameter 2 GB Sparse format that can make it easier to copy to other systems or to put onto removable media like a DVD ROM or flash disk But you can t power on a virtual machine in this format on an ESX host without first importing the virtual disk into in a thick or thin disk format using vmkfstools To create a backup copy of a virtual disk follow these steps 1 Login to the ESX Service Console 2 If you have any existing snapshots it s best to delete them before making a copy of the virtual disk Once you are ready either power off the VM or create a new snapshot of it so the virtual disk becomes read only 3 Switch to the directory on the VMFS volume of the VM that you want to create a backup copy of 4 You can type vmkfstools by itself to see the options and command syntax additionally documentation on using it can be found here The syntax for creating a clone of a virtual disk is vmkfstools i The destination disk name can be any directory on the same or separate VMFS volume Note Because vmkfstools was written for virtual disk operations it is aware of the two files that make up a virtual disk and subsequently you only need to specify the smaller non flat file name The clone operation will proceed 5 Once the clone operation completes you will see a new disk file created that will be an exact backup of the source virtual disk and you can power the VM back on or remove the snapshot There is one final method that you can use to make backup copies of virtual disk files by using the Datastore Browser built into the VI Client Beginning with ESX 3 5 the Datastore Browser was enhanced to include operations like copying renaming and deleting files on VMFS volumes If you select an ESX host and choose the summary tab you can right click on a datastore that is listed and choose the Browse Datastore option You can also switch the Inventory view in the VI Client to Datastores to see a listing of all datastores To use the Datastore Browser to make a backup copy of a virtual disk follow these steps 1 Launch the VI Client and connect to an ESX host or vCenter Server 2 If you have any existing snapshots it s best to delete them before making a copy of the virtual disk Once you are ready either power off the VM or create a new snapshot of it so the virtual disk becomes read only If you don t you will receive an error message if you try to copy the disk 3 Right click on the datastore that your source VM is located on and choose the Browse Datastore option 4 You will see a listing of VM directories doubleclick on the VM that you want to back up and you will see a listing of all the files in that directory The Datastore Browser is a bit different as it displays virtual disk files in a friendly format and only shows one file for each virtual disk even though two exist If you right click on a virtual disk you will see various options including Download and Copy as shown below The Download option will allow you to download the virtual disk to either a local or network drive on your workstation The Copy option will allow you to copy the virtual disk so you can paste it to another directory on the same VMFS volume or to a different VMFS volume 5 If you want to copy it to another VMFS volume just close the Datastore Browser after you select the Copy option Then open it again on another VMFS volume and browse to the directory that you want and right click and choose the Paste

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  • News, Analysis and Opinion for Data backup processes - Page 3 - SearchStorage.com.au
    eBook Big Data What you need to know eGuide Tennis Australia scores big with IBM XIV Storage Systems Case Study Data backup processes November 05 2006 05 Nov 06 Backup apps How newer storage backup products compare page 3 Newer and not so familiar backup products may offer some functional and operational advantages over the big three backup programs October 31 2006 31 Oct 06 Backup apps How newer storage backup products compare page 2 Newer and not so familiar backup products may offer some functional and operational advantages over the big three backup programs October 30 2006 30 Oct 06 Backup apps How newer storage backup products compare Newer and not so familiar backup products may offer some functional and operational advantages over the big three backup programs June 07 2006 07 Jun 06 CDP overview Storage volumes are growing at an alarming pace and tape based backups are not always possible within an available backup window Today s businesses are increasingly focused on tighter RTO and RPO Faster restorations and more recent recovery 1 2 3 ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key application for the Internet of Things in the coming months providing real time visibility in Cloud security culture a building block for today s businesses As organizations today move more data to the cloud it s important to cultivate a cloud security culture and enlist a CISO a new How to do an advanced data analytics project on the cheap Delivering an advanced data analytics project to the business can cost a fortune But with some imagination CIOs can do it for Search Security com au Weigh the benefits risks of going mobile in the enterprise Smartphone and tablet use in the enterprise can help boost productivity improve employee satisfaction and lower costs However Conquer BYOD risks with mobile device management Bring your own device has a number of inherent security challenges Expert Lisa Phifer explains how a mobile device management The IT security gold rush is on Security budgets in Australia are soaring as hacking incidents reach new levels Search Data Backup Data protection technologies Experts offer predictions Predictions for data protection in 2016 include the resurgence of tape rise of copy data management special optimized options Veeam Availability Suite to get physical complement Veeam CEO Ratmir Timashev talks physical backup the shifting enterprise competitive landscape and why he has no plans to take Arcserve Unified Data Protection upgrade supports instant recovery The new version of Arcserve UDP provides near zero RTOs and RPOs The upgrade also supports snapshots and extends the product s Search Disaster Recovery Druva Phoenix rises as disaster recovery service Druva launches disaster recovery as a service for its Phoenix backup The software pushes data images to AWS cloud so instances 15 field proven disaster recovery test plan best

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  • Importer dumps tape for Acronis backup
    backup system it used was slow and prone to failures Backup jobs did not always complete When data recovery was needed it was a slow process from tape if the correct tape was even in the office since it moved tapes off site for disaster recovery purposes Australasian needed a faster more reliable backup and recovery solution based on disk instead of tape It also needed some form of disaster recovery protection However its budget was limited Australasian had been a customer of Hatfield Integrated Technologies a systems integrator since 1983 Hatfield partnered with DataStor Australia a distributor of backup and storage technologies to design and integrate a disk based backup and recovery solution that also provided a secure method of off site storage for disaster recovery The solution consisted of a DataPort storage subsystem with mirrored removable drives connected to the application server which ran Acronis backup software The complete price was less than 4757 installed The Acronis backup software uses snapshot technology to create an exact Windows or Linux server disk image which includes the operating system databases and applications This allows it to do full bare metal recoveries even to dissimilar hardware or virtual machines plus granular file recoveries After an initial full backup incremental snapshots take seconds to occur depending on the amount of data changed since the last backup Writing data to a backup disk can also have minimal impact on the server since it runs as a background process It s a completely different way of backing up and a lot faster said Mark Stevenson Account Manager at DataStor Dig Deeper on Disk based backup All News Problem Solve Western Digital undisputed King of disks vanquishing Seagate after Hitachi GST buy Mean time between failure vs load unload cycles How to use Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage for disk to disk backup and recovery Law firm ditches tape for the cloud Load More View All Western Digital undisputed King of disks vanquishing Seagate after Hitachi GST buy How to use Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage for disk to disk backup and recovery Law firm ditches tape for the cloud Australian Catholic University plans realtime disk backup over the WAN Load More View All News Mean time between failure vs load unload cycles Pros and cons of disk to disk backup View All Problem solve ADS BY GOOGLE Latest TechTarget resources CIO AU Security AU Data Backup Disaster Recovery SMB Storage Storage Channel Search CIO com au Internet of Things Food safety apps set to emerge Food safety could emerge as a key application for the Internet of Things in the coming months providing real time visibility in Cloud security culture a building block for today s businesses As organizations today move more data to the cloud it s important to cultivate a cloud security culture and enlist a CISO a new How to do an advanced data analytics project on the cheap Delivering an advanced data analytics project to the business can cost a fortune But with some

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  • Law firm ditches tape for the cloud
    complemented by data deduplication which makes sure that only new or changed data is backed up rather than a whole copy of the entire set of data at each backup Given this reduction in the amount of data that needs storage the data can be transferred across smaller links and a backup can be completed much faster Our backup windows have been significantly reduced which puts less pressure on our infrastructure as less data needs to be transmitted This gives us the ability to have multiple backups per day and mission critical data can be backed up as frequently as at 15 minute intervals Sofianos says The solution also provides fast recovery of data with restore times being reduced from hours and days to a matter of minutes The system provides online recovery of a minimum of three months of data with the option to extend to multi year retention As the system is managed by an outside company the Middletons staff that previously had taken care of the tape backup are now free to work on other projects Outsourcing our backup has eased the pressure on our team as less human resources are required to manage backup Sofianos says Perhaps the greatest benefit of the online backup service has been the ease of recovering lost data Specifically the company is able to provide access to a greater number of prior backups under a tape based system the company could only access the backup from the previous day With the online system the firm has access to three months worth of data Also adding value is the service s GlobalView user web portal which allows users to monitor and manage the DataReady system Sofianos says One of the best things is that we can manage our restores online with GlobalView We have full visibility of our backups and the peace of mind that our backups are being monitored and we will be alerted if any part of our backup fails Importantly the service didn t require any capital expenditure This made it more cost effective and hastened ROI With the online backup system in place Global Storage can offer Middletons a complete disaster recovery solution using the backup system as a base This means that the disaster recovery system would require less of an outlay it s already 70 80 funded by the managed backup service In fact this prospect of an easier disaster recovery deployment was a key part of the DataReady deal The disaster recovery add on has made it attractive for us Sofianos says The law firm is currently evaluating Global Storage s fully managed disaster recovery service EnvironmentReady as a second stage Dig Deeper on Disk based backup All News Problem Solve Western Digital undisputed King of disks vanquishing Seagate after Hitachi GST buy Mean time between failure vs load unload cycles How to use Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage for disk to disk backup and recovery Importer dumps tape for Acronis backup Load More View All Western

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