Dec 302017
 
2017 in Review

With just a few more days of 2017 left, I thought it opportune making the last post of the year to summarise some of what we’ve seen in the field of data protection in 2017. It’s been a big year, in a lot of ways, particularly at DellEMC. Towards the end of 2016, but definitely […]

Basics – Prior Recovery Details

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Dec 192017
 
Basics - Prior Recovery Details

If you need to find out details about what has recently been recovered with a NetWorker server, there’s a few different ways to achieve it. NMC, of course, offers recovery reports. These are particularly good if you’ve got admins (e.g., security/audit people) who only access NetWorker via NMC – and good as a baseline report […]

Cloud Snapshot Manager

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Dec 152017
 
Cloud Snapshot Manager

Recently at Amazon re:Invent, DellEMC announced Cloud Snapshot Manager (CSM), the first iteration of an enterprise grade data protection control portal for native cloud snapshots. What’s important about CSM is that it’s not trying to re-invent the wheel – it’s not about hacking a new snapshot protocol into third party clouds like Amazon, but leveraging […]

The rise of the hyperconverged administrator

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Dec 142017
 
The rise of the hyperconverged administrator

Hyperconverged is a hot topic in enterprise IT these days, and deservedly so. The normal approach to enterprise IT infrastructure after all, is a bit like assembling a jigsaw puzzle over a few years. Over successive years it might be time to refresh storage, then compute, then backup, in any combination or order. So you’re […]

NetWorker 2017 Usage Survey

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Dec 012017
 
NetWorker 2017 Usage Survey

It seems like only a few weeks ago, 2017 was starting. But here we are again, and it’s time for another NetWorker usage survey. If you’re a recent blog subscriber, you may not have seen previous surveys, so here’s how it works: Every year a survey is run on the NetWorker blog to capture data […]

What’s new in NetWorker 9.2.1?

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Nov 232017
 
What's new in NetWorker 9.2.1?

NetWorker 9.2.1 has just been released, and the engineering and product management teams have delivered a great collection of features, in addition to the usual roll-up of prior cumulative patch releases, etc.There’s some great Cloud features in 9.2.1, regardless of whether you’re working with a private cloud in your datacentre, consuming VMware in AWS, or […]

Basics – NMC VMware Viewer

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Nov 222017
 
Basics - NMC VMware Viewer

As you might have noticed in other posts, I’m a big fan of using NVP (NetWorker Virtual Proxy – also referred to as vProxy) to backup VMware virtual machines. Introduced with NetWorker 9.2, the new VMware image backup system is lightweight and fast – both for backup and recovery operations. One of other things you’ve […]

Nov 212017
 
What's up, doc?

If you’re a long term NetWorker user, you might be forgiven for focusing on just a few specific aspects of documentation whenever there’s a new release of the product. Usually, most people focus on the release notes, and then, branching out from the release notes, key details they think will be useful for their environment […]

NetWorker Success Stories

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Nov 062017
 
NetWorker Success Stories

Last month I ran a birthday giveaway competition – tell me a NetWorker success story, and go in the running for a signed copy of my book, Data Protection: Ensuring Data Availability. Since then, it’s been a bit quiet on the NetWorker Hub, and I apologise for that: my time has been considerably occupied with […]

Hypervisor Direct – Convergent Data Protection

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Oct 102017
 
Hypervisor Direct - Convergent Data Protection

At VMworld, DellEMC announced a new backup technology for virtual machines called Hypervisor Direct, which represents a paradigm that I’d refer to as “convergent data protection”, since it mixes layers of data protection to deliver optimal results. First, I want to get this out of the way: hypervisor direct is not a NetWorker plugin, nor an […]

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