Don’t let the double-dot fool you. There are a lot of enhancements in this release. We don’t normally make a big deal out of a X.X.X release, but as we continue to become more agile you will see more feature content included in these so-called minor releases.
The biggest news is Accelerator for NDMP. With this new capability your NetApp NDMP backups just got a lot faster. This feature works in a similar way to other NetBackup Accelerator implementations; changes at the block level are tracked and captured with each backup operation and then combined with previous backups inline to synthesize a full backup image for fast recovery. The result is that after an initial full backup you no longer need to run full backups on those massive NAS systems you have. Performance improvements will vary depending on your data change rate, but one of our beta testers reported that their regular 48-hour backups went down to one hour!
For customers backing up to the cloud, we’ve continued to expand our support for cloud storage offerings in this release. In particular, we now support the new Amazon S3 Standard – Infrequent Access (Standard – IA) storage class offering, providing a lower-cost alternative to the Amazon S3 Standard service. See what Amazon Web Services (AWS) had to say about this announcement.
NetBackup Intelligent Policies just got a lot smarter in NetBackup 7.7.1. We’ve integrated with the new VMware Tags feature in vSphere 6 to allow customers to design their policies to select, protect, and retain VMs based on how they are tagged. In addition, VM administrators can now search for and sort VMs using VMware Tags in the vCenter Web Client.
For details on every single enhancement and change in this release, take a look at the NetBackup 7.7.1 Release Notes. But if you just want a quick summary, take a look below:
Scalability and Performance
Accelerator for NetApp NDMP–full backups at the speed of an incremental
Windows System State incremental backups–faster Windows backups with less storage space
VMware Tags–select, protect, and retain VMs based on tags
Amazon S3 Standard – IA–back up data to this new cloud storage service from AWS
AWS Private Clouds–connector support for GovCloud and Commercial Cloud Service (C2S)
Day one support for Microsoft Exchange 2016–start backing up Exchange 2016 right now
Microsoft SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups–long time coming, but they are now supported
Oracle Pluggable Databases–protect these new Oracle 12c database types
Java console improvements–single sign on, type-in search, faster activity monitor, and better filtering
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