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Reduce Costs and Network Bandwidth for Cloud Storage – Dedupe it!

As businesses continue to look to the cloud to improve efficiency, reduce costs and meet the need for agility, data protection has been a workload worth strong consideration. As an alternative to tape, the cloud provides the potential for “cheap and deep” storage targets for data that needs longer-term retention, but not necessarily the recovery performance of local storage. However, those who have migrated backup to the cloud have been unpleasantly surprised by high cloud storage costs and suboptimal performance. The culprit: lack of deduplication.

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Thu, Jun 21, 2018
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My Data Protection Deep Dive

As a Daymark Senior Data Protection Consultant, I genuinely get excited when I can learn about new features and approaches that help keep our clients’ data efficiently backed up, recoverable and secure. So, I was excited when Veritas nominated me to attend their 2017 Data Protection Interlock, an invitation-only global technical training event.

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Tue, Nov 07, 2017
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Thoughts from Veritas Vision 2017

Vision 2017, Veritas' annual global conference was recently held in Las Vegas, providing customers, partners and Veritas employees the opportunity to meet and discuss the upcoming year of new releases and capabilities from the Veritas product portfolio.

The focus was on Veritas' strategy to support emerging IT industry direction and requirements. The conference was heavily themed on discussions around cloud adoption and overall product enhancements.

Key takeaways from the general keynote sessions:

  • Veritas is not a one stop shop for backup anymore
  • 360 Data Management provides a single platform solution for all facets of IT in traditional, hybrid, and cloud data centers
  • Customers are leveraging multi-cloud data centers
  • Veritas is focused on rapid product expansion and accelerated support for multiple workloads

There were several major product announcements delivered at the keynote address. Here is a summary:

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Thu, Sep 28, 2017
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Keeping Up with Enterprise Vault Database Maintenance

I’ve come across many Enterprise Vault installations in the past 12 months that were suffering from degraded performance. The cause? Fragmentation of the SQL databases. Intuitively, we know that it is essential to perform regular database maintenance to preserve performance and protect data integrity while preventing data loss, but it doesn’t always get done. Without maintenance, stale SQL statistics and fragmentation within the indexes slow down deletion of completed threads which need to be returned to working memory.

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Tue, Aug 22, 2017
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Make Moving Backup to the Cloud Easy with NetBackup 8.0

More and more, the cloud is becoming a backup destination. Done right, using the cloud as a storage tier gives enterprises reliable and scalable data protection that unlocks agility, provides visibility and control over backups, and drives down costs.

Enterprise Cloud Data Protection 

As we see our clients evaluating workloads to move to the cloud, backup is frequently on their list. In fact, ESG Research surveyed how organizations are leveraging cloud and found that data protection efforts (specifically backup, archiving, and disaster recovery) sit at the top of the cloud use-case list right now.

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Wed, Jun 14, 2017
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Enterprise Vault 12 – Why are You Waiting?

Veritas’ latest version of Enterprise Vault (EV) has been available for almost a year now. EV12 offers the latest features that companies require to ensure effective implementation of their archiving and discovery strategies. The six listed here are particularly noteworthy:

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Wed, Feb 01, 2017
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NetBackup 8.0 – 6 Enhancements to Love

Veritas recently released NetBackup 8.0 for General Availability. There are several enhancements and product announcements to this flagship backup product that are included with this release. Here are a few highlights to take specific note of:

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Wed, Jan 25, 2017
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NetBackup Oracle Copilot – Improving The Backup & Recovery of Oracle Databases

Oracle backups have always been a challenge to manage and support given the disparate administration groups typically involved. If you are a database administrator (DBA), you need the flexibility to efficiently create backups and run restores for development cycles and upgrades. Backup administrators need to balance the backup schedule with resources and prioritized data.

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Wed, Dec 30, 2015
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NetBackup 7.7 Advanced Administration Training – 5 Key Takeaways

Here at our headquarters in Lexington, MA, we recently held one of the first Veritas NetBackup 7.7 Advanced Administration Training classes in New England. As NetBackup aficionados, we were anxious to learn what the certified instructor had to share on what’s really new in the latest NBU 7.7 rev.

Beyond the marketing hype, here are the 5 takeaways we believe fellow IT storage admins will find worthwhile:

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Tue, Dec 22, 2015
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Ready to Move from Backup Exec to NetBackup? [Infographic]



Are you ready to make the move to enterprise backup? Get the decision criteria you’ll need to make an informed decision with this Infographic that highlights a side-by-side comparison of Backup Exec and NetBackup.

Illustrating scalability, VMware and Hyper-V support, data optimization capabilities, reporting options and more, you’ll see the key advantages of each solution. Check it out and in less than a minute you’ll know if you’re ready to make a move.  

[Click here to download]

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Tue, Jul 28, 2015
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