Avamar NDMP Accelerator Overview

EMC’s Avamar backup and recovery solutions provide the ability to deduplicate your data at the source before sending the data over the WAN or LAN.  This opens up all sorts of opportunities for businesses with widely distributed remote sites and greatly reduce the amount of data that is backed up.  Avamar also provides the ability to replicate itself to another offsite location which could essentially eliminate the need for tape backups.

So now, for example, you could have your primary datacenter with a SAN/NAS (EMC Celerra for this example) and several small remote offices with no local IT staff.  Using Avamar you are able to back up those remote sites to an Avamar node(s) at the datacenter with no local intervention at the remote sites.  All of your remote sites are now backed up over the WAN, deduped and consolidated at your datacenter.  But what about backing up your NAS at the datacenter?  It would make sense to dedupe and back this data up to the Avamar as well and eliminate multiple backup systems.  How is this done?  Enter the Avamar NDMP Accelerator.

The Avamar NDMP Accelerator uses the standard NDMP Protocol to backup your NAS datastores (Celerra and NetApp) just like you would use NDMP to tape.  The appliance must be located on the same LAN as the storage device being protected.

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Avamar NDMP Accelerator Supported Devices:

  • EMC Celerra IP Storage with I18N enabled running DART5.5.
  • NetApp running Data ONTAP 6.5.1R1, 7.0.4, 7.0.5, 7.0.6, 7.1 or 7.2

Capabilities and Limitations Summary (partial list):

  • Full support for Storage Device ACLs and Q-tree Data 

  • Support for Backup and Restore of Volumes, Q-trees and

    Directories

     

  • Support for Multiple Storage Devices Using One Accelerator 

  • Support for Multiple Backup Streams From a Single Storage Device 

  • Support for Multiple Simultaneous Backups 

  • Only One Target Volume or Directory per Backup or Restore 

  • Maximum Number of Files = 10 Million 

  • Celerra Incremental Backups Should Only Be Performed at the Volume

    Level

     

  • File Level Restores Not Supported on Network Appliance Filers

     

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