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Understanding Netbackup Appliances.

I got a lot of questions around my previous blog post (Install and configure Netbackup Appliances https://autodiscover.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/install-and-configure-the-netbackup-appliance-5220/) the questions where about what are the Netbackup Appliances and what are the difference between them and Netbackup solutions and other Backup Solutions.

So, in this article we will introduce these appliances and explore their capabilities.

Netbackup Appliances Architecture, Models and features:

you can think about the Netbackup Appliances as if it is you got Netbackup server with huge amount storage attached to it, there is an important point, not storage that makes Netbackup appliances sexy, it is the features that accompanies the Netbackup appliances.

Netbackup appliances comes with 2 flavours, 5020 series and 5200 series.

The 5020 Series is the smaller one, it has the following features:

  • Modular grow method up to 32 TB deduplicated data per box (expandable up to 192 TB).
  • it could be plugged and managed into existing NBU infrastructure (6.5 at least)
  • recognized and managed by existing media and master server.


Netbackup 5020 Appliance

The perfect place for those appliances in existing NBU infrastructure, and introducing deduplication infrastructure (a long with the replication capabilities these devices have, these devices also are perfect for DR hubs and branch offices), to know more about the deduplication effect for NBU devices check my article https://autodiscover.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/what-does-it-mean-to-you-have-your-backup-data-globally-de-duped-using-netabckup-appliances/ ).

The 5200 series is the bigger one, they have the same features as the 5020 series, but they have additional feature, in which they have NBU installed on the appliance itself, which means; that you don’t need to have NBU separately installed and you can introduce the 5200 series to an organization that doesn’t run NBU or looking to migrate their NBU.

  • The NBU appliance introduces up to 64 TB of dedplicated data.
  • can be used as a Master, and combined with 5020 series either as disk based backup or branch office backup and replicated to the HQ (where the 5200 series resides).
  • 5200 series can be attached with stacked 5020 appliance providing 158 TB of deduplication storage for your backups.

Why I should use the appliance ?!

You might wonder and say, why should I use the appliance, I can install the NBU software and attach it to disk pools or any storage based appliance, but there are so many benefits of running the appliances including:

  • Faster deployments, as you have seen in the previous blog, installing the appliance actually takes less than an hour (I can argue it is 30 minutes max), so you don’t have to go through a complex process of installing/configuring and NBU.
  • Specialized hardware that is “Telco Grade” hardware and designed/optimized to run NB.
  • Those devices are protected by the Symantec security agent and running special made OS, the security agent will prevent malicious attempts to modify/tamper the data/operating system and less susceptible to attacks.
  • you get the replication license and the NBU license which is transferable, once you get and AFAIK you don’t need to buy extra licenses for extra devices.

The following diagram outlines the SAN clients along with dedup/replication bases between the devices, there are so many ways these can be used and personally, I find them freakin awesome Smile.


I hope that this short article helped you to digest the NB appliances, also make sure to check the website http://www.symantec.com/backup-appliance , and feel free to post a comment asking me anything!.

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