Kubernetes has become the de facto container orchestration tool for many organizations along with other distributions based on Kubernetes, such as OpenShift, Rancher, Google Container Service (GKE), AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
Veritas NetBackup elastic data movement and distribution mobility capabilities allow you to choose where you want to protect your data and which Kubernetes distribution you want to recover, even if you protect it from a different distribution.
Veritas NetBackup introduced Kubernetes protection with the 9.1 release, with features such as:
With the latest release of NetBackup - v10.0, Kubernetes support has expanded to address customer needs, including:
Let us talk more about the data movement and distribution mobility features, as they are the most requested features by customers.
Veritas NetBackup Elastic Data Mover
This feature allows you to choose any storage available on the NetBackup WebUI as a destination target, define retention periods, and store copies off-site while benefitting from deduplication features and ransomware protection.
Previously, Veritas NetBackup used only snapshot technology to protect Kubernetes. Snapshots are an excellent option for fast recovery, including rollback restore or restore to an alternate location. But what if you want to store your long-term retention backup in a different location or in the cloud with storage savings by deduplicating data at the target storage without maintaining snapshots on the source storage?
The Veritas NetBackup Elastic Data Mover decreases your storage costs and increases application performance by backing up data from a snapshot to a deduplicated, cheaper storage. This approach eliminates the need to keep snapshots in your primary and expensive storage and helps you achieve data protection best practices and integration with the ransomware protection features of NetBackup.
As shown in Figure 1, the essential components that are involved in supporting the Kubernetes workload are:
The NetBackup Primary server also includes the Kubernetes client service library. This library is responsible for communicating between NetBackup and the NetBackup Kubernetes Operator (NBU KOps) available on the Kubernetes cluster. NetBackup interacts with NetBackup KOps via the Kubernetes API Server over HTTPS. The NetBackup Primary server can manage more than one Kubernetes cluster or one Kubernetes cluster can connect to multiple NetBackup Primary servers.
Veritas NetBackup Distribution Mobility
What does distribution mobility mean with Veritas NetBackup?
It means portability, flexibility, and scalability. This feature is more than being Kubernetes distribution-agnostic, which Veritas NetBackup is. Distribution mobility allows customers the freedom to run any and as many distributions of Kubernetes as they want without having different backup solutions to support each of them, no matter if it is on-premises, in the cloud, or multi-cloud. In addition, it allows customers to protect Kubernetes in one distribution and recover to a completely different distribution and/or cluster, unifying all major Kubernetes distribution, significantly increasing portability, and improving Disaster Recovery capabilities and options.
In summary, NetBackup makes it easier to backup the most diverse physical, virtual, and/or cloud workloads across your enterprise, including Kubernetes resources, using the same user interface and capabilities, thus eliminating the need for point solutions which increases cost and risk. Whether you have Kubernetes on-premises or cloud, NetBackup’s enterprise-class tools make backing up your data easier while saving you money on long-term storage costs and flexibility to future proof your Kubernetes deployments, knowing your data can easily follow your distribution choices.
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