Access, Agility, Availability: NetBackup and Google Cloud Storage Nearline

Today, Google Cloud Storage Nearline beta was announced. The new offering is designed to provide businesses quick backup data retrieval, limitless storage capacity and simplified access to information at an extremely low cost. At Veritas (the planned spinout of Symantec’s Information Management business), we’re excited to be working with Google Cloud Platform to bring key information management use cases to life for customers. 

Veritas NetBackup 7.7 (in beta, GA planned for the summer)* – our next version of the market leading Backup and Recovery platform – will natively support Google Cloud Storage Nearline as a backup target. As our customers further embrace the hybrid cloud model, our planned support of Google Cloud Platform’s new service will allow enterprises to optimize business agility and information availability.

Veritas solutions are present in 86% of the Fortune 500, and we’re encouraged to see demand for NetBackup support in Google Cloud Storage Nearline. The offering is attractive to NetBackup customers for the following reasons: 

  • Enables use of cloud storage as an alternative to tape when choosing long-term storage of backup data
  • Allows backup of large volumes of data at a low cost, and access to it any time
  • Our integration, through NetBackup’s unique OST layer, allows NetBackup to continue to monitor and manage all backup information, regardless of location – disk, tape or cloud
  • NetBackup lifecycle management capabilities also manage when and how information is moved from online disk to Google Cloud Storage Nearline
  • NetBackup records all metadata from the information it protects, including data stored on Google Cloud Storage Nearline.

While storage and services are changing rapidly, access, understanding and managing data is more crucial than ever. We believe it’s the information that matters most. We help our enterprise customers manage data in all environments – cloud, hybrid, and on-prem – and harness its power by taking advantage of the latest technologies to transform it into actionable intelligence and competitive advantage.

The hybrid cloud model is the new norm inside of the enterprise. Determining what is valuable becomes more complicated as IT organizations employ multiple hypervisors, storage platforms and cloud models. Our approach is focusing on hybrid cloud and investing to help ensure that our customers have the tools to manage information in increasingly complex environments.

Information availability - keeping data and systems available where and when needed, and irrespective of location – is fundamental to realizing value from enterprise data. Our integration with Google Cloud Storage Nearline will help maintain this availability for NetBackup customers using the service.


*Any forward-looking product plans is preliminary and all future release dates are tentative and subject to change. Any product capability, functionality, or feature are subject to ongoing evaluation by Symantec, may or may not be implemented, should not be considered firm commitments by Symantec, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions.



Simon, this is great news.  Will this allow us to do optimized copies (OptDupe and/or Accelerator) within an SLP from an MSDP source to the Google cloud storage?  I have some customer interest in this use case.

I was just wondering the same thing! Another vote here to enable this as it would make this a no-brainer offering.

Hi John, AKopel,

Thank you for your inquiries.  We plan to support NetBackup Accelerator directly to this cloud target in the 7.7 release, which provides data reduction to lower the costs associated with both data transfer and storage on the cloud platform.  Optimized Copy functionality is planned as an additional enhancement for a future release.  


All best,


Paul Mayer

NetBackup Product Management


Disclaimer: As stated in the blog above, any forward-looking product plans is preliminary and all future release dates are tentative and subject to change. Any product capability, functionality, or feature are subject to ongoing evaluation by Symantec, may or may not be implemented, should not be considered firm commitments by Symantec, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions.

Thanks for the reply Paul!

Opt-Dup and/or Air to the cloud will be great! Use case would be 2nd or 3rd DR copy of backups to help eliminate tape.


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