What are Universal Shares?
The Universal Share feature provides data ingest into an existing NetBackup deduplication pool (MSDP) or a NetBackup appliance using an NFS or a CIFS (SMB) share. Space efficiency is achieved by storing this data directly into an existing NetBackup-based media server deduplication pool. Initially introduced for appliances only, Universal Shares is a MSDP feature and later Universal Share is supported with BYO support and easy implementation in the NetBackup web interface.
How It Works
The Universal Share feature provides network-attached storage (NAS) option for NetBackup appliances as well as the software-only deployment of NetBackup 8.3 and higher. Traditional NAS offerings store data in conventional, non-deduplicated disk locations; whereas data in a Universal Share is placed on highly redundant storage in a space-efficient, deduplicated state. The deduplication technology that is used for this repository is the same MSDP location used by standard client-based backups.
Any data that is stored in a Universal Share is automatically placed in the MSDP, where it is deduplicated automatically. This data is then deduplicated against all other data that was previously ingested into the media server's MSDP location. Since a typical MSDP location stores data across a broad scope of data types, the Universal Share offers significant deduplication efficiency.
The Protection Point feature lets you create a point-in-time copy of the data that exists in the specified Universal Share. Once a Protection Point is created, NetBackup automatically catalogs the data as a specific point in time copy of that data and manages it like any other data that is ingested into NetBackup. Since the Protection Point only catalogs the Universal Share data that already resides in the MSDP, no data movement occurs. Therefore, the process of creating a Protection Point can be extremely fast.
5 Advantages of Universal Shares
How to configure Universal Share in NetBackup for OpenStack
Now we can use ‘Universal Share’ in NetBackup for OpenStack, like that can be configured and used NFS, Amazon S3 or Other S3 compatible storage lLike Ceph based S3).
Create Universal Share:
Note: Currently Active Directory usernames and Active Directory group names are supported only for the SMB (CIFS) protocol.
To view details about a universal share, click its name in the Universal Shares table.
NetBackup for OpenStack Configuration:
Now in NetBackup for OpenStack configuration provide mount path and share details under for ‘backup Storage Configuration” and complete the configuration.
Create the policy and snapshot creation from Red Hat OpenStack Platform / Horizon console:
Once configuration and deployment are complete and successful, perform the following steps to create a policy and snapshot:
If required and once Universal Share data is backed up, you can delete the data from Universal Share and it can be restored whenever required. Additional operations like oneClick restore or selective restore can be performed from the Horizon console.
Take a quick look at this video that shows how to create Universal Shares and get protection for OpenStack with Universal Shares: