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NDMP compliant

Mr. Kerns,

What's the major requirement for a tape library unit (hardware) to be NDMP compliant, SCSI, special component in firmware, NDMP compliant backup software supported?

How about the storage side with the same doubt above? And, for example, in addition to NAS filers, can Sun T3, Compaq MA6000 work with NDMP?

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NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol) compliance is primarily a software capability that must be implemented by the vendor. I suggest that you check the NDMP Web site for more detailed information. The backup software you utilize must be capable of NDMP. Specific storage devices such as tape drives and disk systems have no knowledge of NDMP. Other elements such as NAS products implement their compliance in the software running on the NAS devices. You must check with the vendor to see which NAS devices are NDMP capable.

Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group, Inc.

This was first published in August 2001

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