Flex Appliance brings the agility of container technology to NetBackup data protection. Run multiple NetBackup deployments on a single Flex appliance. Create new deployments and upgrade in minutes. Efficiently tier to the cloud with NetBackup CloudCatalyst containers. Flex Appliance’s ease of use lets you quickly respond in a rapidly changing business environment.
The table below lists the advantages of container technology compared to virtualization:
With containerization, NetBackup application container has the following benefits:
Before you can create a NetBackup container instance, you must first add the applicable image files to the repository.
Container images are static and immutable. Adding support for multiple versions of NetBackup is easy with a Flex Appliance. The NetBackup Container Images can be downloaded from the the Veritas Support Site independently of the Flex Appliance software. Check how to identify supported applications and usage information for Flex Appliance for all of the Veritas applications and versions that Flex Appliance supports.
Currently supported images that can be added to the repository are:
Flex appliance supports different NetBackup software versions.
There are three types of images: application, add-on, and upgrades and updates.
A container is an instance built from a static container image, also called a container instance. One container has onerole. The supporting roles include NetBackup master service and media service. You can create a container instance with the Flex Appliance Web GUI.
When you create a media service instance, there are three available storage options:
A container instance has persistent data and non-persistent data to simplify the application instance upgrade process.
Below is the order of operations that occur during upgrades
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