Time flies. How many times have you heard that?? Colloquialism aside, it’s true. We announced NetWorker 8.1 in July. For the 5th blog post in the ‘Meet NetWorker 8.1’ series, I would like to introduce you to the latest update, Service Pack 1, which is now available.
If you have been following The Backup Window, EMC Pulse blogs, or @EMCBackup on Twitter you saw that we publicly announced NetWorker 8.1 SP1 on November 4 along with Avamar 7 SP1, as enhancements to the Data Protection Suite for Backup. While our emphasis was around support for the latest Enterprise releases from Microsoft, I’m here to inform you that this Service Pack for NetWorker offers much more!
What, you ask? Well, I will try to make this a quick read for you by giving you some of the highlights and point you to further reading, if you are so inclined.
Enhanced EMC Data Domain Integration
Let’s start with the expansion we continue to make in integrating NetWorker with Data Domain systems. We are seeing incredible adoption rates of our NetWorker Client Direct to Data Domain capabilities. To expand this adoption, we now offer client direct support for databases on UNIX/Linux platforms.
At the same time, we have continued to enhance NetWorker’s integration with Data Domain Systems.The new DD Boost over Fibre Channel support in NetWorker 8.1 allows customers with established FC networks to eliminate VTL systems as a “backup-to-disk band-aid” and use Data Domain systems in a next generation backup to disk workflow. While this support was previously available for file systems and Microsoft applications, we have now added the cross platform applications supported with the NetWorker Module for Databases and Applications.
Snapshot Management Enhancements
Can you say ‘snapshots’? I hope you have taken the opportunity to test out the new snapshot management capabilities directly integrated into NetWorker 8.1. If you are protecting a mission critical application like SAP or Oracle, you know that using snapshot technology can keep you ahead of the game when trying to meet RPO’s. To make life easier for you, we have added SAP and Oracle workflows to the NetWorker Snapshot Management configuration wizard, eliminating all the scripting that would need to be done manually. This makes things more reliable as there is less room for configuration error by using a wizard based workflow, and it validates the settings you selected before they are applied.
Backing up a file-system block-by-block…
Have you tried the new Block Based Backup for Windows feature in NetWorker 8.1? If so, and you felt that the VHD format was too limiting at 2TB, we now support VHDx and, therefore, lightning fast backup of 64 TB volumes using VSS and change block tracking technology. For those that aren’t too familiar with this capability, NetWorker Block-Based Backup enables backup of high-density, Windows-based file systems at five times faster than traditional file-based backup technology, two to four times faster restore, and up to 25 times faster than the nearest competitor.
Support for VMware vSphere 5.5
The EMC Data Protection Suite and it’s integration with VMware vSphere is stronger than ever! We work to release support in our products for the latest versions of VMware releases and this release is no different. EMC NetWorker for Backup includes virtualization support to include private-cloud environments based on VMware vSphere 5.5!
The features mentioned here outline a taste of the ‘biggest bang for the buck’ when you upgrade to the latest Service Pack. For more information regarding highlights of the new Microsoft support within the Data Protection Suite, please read last week’s blog by Phil George (@vPhilGeorge).
Look here if you’d like to read more about what’s new in NetWorker 8.1 SP1 and join the conversation, too!