Symantec started down the appliance route last September when it launched the NetBackup 5000 deduplication backup appliance. Symantec's strategy is to offer customers more choice, and to reduce complexity and total cost of ownership by shipping pre-integrated software with hardware, according to Yogesh Agrawal, vice president and general manager of Symantec's FileStore Product Group. The vendor uses standard x86 server hardware from Chinese vendor Huawei for its appliances.
The Symantec FileStore N8300 NAS includes Enterprise Vault and Clustered File software, and is compatible with most protocols including CIFS, NFS and FTP. The clustered NAS box scales linearly to 16 nodes and 1.4 PB of storage within a single cluster, Agrawal said. All nodes are active/active for failover. Symantec claims the FileStore N8300 enables file storage for public or private clouds as well as standard on-premise implementations.
"Symantec is trying to compete in the NAS market as a one-stop shop," said Noemi Greyzdorf, a research manager at IDC. "This is a departure for Symantec, which traditionally has been a software-only company. But software can be a difficult sell."
By integrating Enterprise Vault, Symantec adds support for WORM, the ability to set retention policies at a file level and Partition Secure Notification (PSN). Partition Secure Notification is a new addition to Enterprise Vault that helps customers delete copies from primary storage after receiving notification that the archived data has been safely backed up. FileStore informs Enterprise Vault when the archived data is replicated, so Enterprise Vault can delete the original copy off of a primary server and free capacity for other data. Symantec positions the secure notification feature as a good fit for Exchange and other applications that include a lot of archived data.
Symantec broadens deduplication options on appliance
The NetBackup 5200 appliance combines NetBackup software and a media server. The appliance gives customers the choice of target or source deduplication, as well as inline and post-process dedupe. The 5200 is a 4U single-node appliance that includes 32 TB of usable dedupe capacity, and can be used for primary and secondary data centers or remote sites. Symantec claims a maximum throughput of 10.5 TB per hour for the NetBackup 5200.
The NetBackup 5020 is a larger version of the 5000 appliance launched in September as a disk target for NetBackup. Unlike the 5200, the NetBackup 5000 and 5020 provide deduplication but require a separate media server running NetBackup software. The 5020 supports twice the capacity of the 5000, holding 32 TB in one node and 196 TB in a cluster with global dedupe across nodes.
Dan Trim, director of IT Infrastructure at Detroit-based Health Alliance Plan, said after testing devices from various vendors, he purchased the 5020 last month because of wide support from disaster recovery (DR) services for the 5020. "Plus, it reduces the number of vendors I have to use," he said. "Now I have one vendor to deal with for my entire backup and recovery services."
The NetBackup 5200 costs $59,995 per node, while the 5020 costs $57,995 per node. No pricing is available for the FileStore N8300.