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Veritas NetBackup
The NetBackup 6.5 Administration Console.
The NetBackup 6.5 Administration Console.
Stable release
8.2 / June 26, 2019; 12 months ago (2019-06-26)
TypeBackup and recovery

Veritas NetBackup (called Symantec NetBackup prior to Symantec's divestiture of Veritas) is an enterprise-level heterogeneous backup and recovery suite. It provides cross-platform backup functionality to a large variety of Windows, UNIX and Linux operating systems.

NetBackup features a central master server which manages both media servers (containing the backup media) and clients. Core server platforms include Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Tru64, Linux and Windows. Netbackup database backend is based in Sybase[1].

NetBackup OpsCenter, which comes bundled with the NetBackup 7.0 distribution and replaces the NetBackup Operations Manager[2] (NOM) component used in previous versions, can manage multiple NetBackup environments. NetBackup comes with support for many hardware devices like tape drives, tape libraries, disk units. It supports, among many[quantify] other features, hot backups[3] for major database products like Oracle; it can natively backup and restore the virtual machines of major virtualization products like VMware Infrastructure, can use Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP), and has tape vaulting. NetBackup also enables LAN-free and server-free backups in SAN fabric environments.


  • In 1987, Chrysler Corporation engaged Control Data Corporation to write a backup software solution.[4] A small group of engineers (Rick Barrer, Rosemary Bayer, Paul Tuckfield and Craig Wilson) wrote the software. Other Control Data customers later adopted it for their own needs.
  • In 1990, Control Data formed the Automated Workstation Backup System business unit.[5] The first version of AWBUS supported two tape drives in a single robotic carousel with the SGI IRIX operating system.[4]
  • In 1993, Control Data renamed the product to BackupPlus 1.0 (this is why many NetBackup commands have a 'bp' prefix). Software improvements included support for media Volume Management and Server Migration/Hierarchical Storage Management.
  • In late 1993, OpenVision Technologies acquired the product and Control Data’s Storage Management 12-person team. This is why, on UNIX platforms, NetBackup installs into /usr/openv. During this time, OpenVision renamed Backup Plus to NetBackup.[4]
  • On May 6, 1997 Veritas acquired OpenVision Technologies, including absorption of the NetBackup product line.[6]
  • In 2005 Symantec acquired Veritas and NetBackup became a Symantec product.[7] Also at that time, Symantec released NetBackup 6.0, the 30th version of the software.
  • In 2015 Symantec announced they would be splitting off the Information Management Business which contains NetBackup, into a new public company named Veritas Technologies Corporation.[8]

Main features[edit]

  • NetBackup Accelerator
    • "Instant" scanning technology to provide faster full backups by eliminating the need to read the entire file system[9]
  • Intelligent Data Deduplication and Auto Image Replication (AIR)
  • NetBackup Replication Director
    • Managing snapshots[12] and replications from NetBackup and providing the ability move them to secondary storage. Snapshots and replicas act as recovery points and get cataloged[13]
  • NetBackup Search and Operational Restore
  • Security
  • Performance
  • Management and Reporting
  • Media Management
    • Enterprise Media Manager
    • Automatic robotic/tape drive configuration
    • Broad tape device support
  • Heterogeneous Support
    • Broad platform support
    • Bare-metal restore, supports P2V as an option.
    • Support for leading networking topologies
    • Advanced software and hardware snapshot support
    • NetBackup RealTime
    • OpenStorage (OST) support[21]
    • Backup as a Service (BAAS)
    • Limited IPv6 support
    • CloudCatalyst with over 40+ cloud connectors. Archive to the cloud (AWS Glacier, MS Azure Archive, Deep Archive)
    • Virtual Appliance - Deploy into existing virtual environments, including data centers and remote offices

Major releases[edit]

  • 8.2 released on Jun 26, 2019 [22]
  • 8.1 was released on September 26, 2017
  • 8.0 was released in December, 2016 [24][25]
  • 7.7 was released in July 2015 [26]
  • 7.6 was released in October, 2013 [27]
  • 7.5 was released in March, 2012
  • 7.1 was released in February, 2011
  • 7.0 was released in February, 2010
  • 6.5 was released in August, 2007
  • 6.0 was released in October, 2005 (30th release)
  • 5.0 was released in December, 2003
  • 4.5 was released in 2002
  • 3.4 was released in June, 2000
  • 3.0 was released in November, 1997
  • 2.0 was released in June, 1996 (12th release)
  • 1994: OpenVision coined the name NetBackup and released release 1.6

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Compare: "Symantec NetBackup 7—Customer FAQ" (PDF). Symantec Corporation. 2009. p. 3. Retrieved 2016-11-10. Symantec OpsCenter is a complete update of NetBackup Operations Manager, and it is free for NetBackup 7 customers.
  3. ^ Boss, Nina (10 December 1997). "Oracle Tips Session #3: Oracle Backups". University of Wisconsin. Archived from the original on 2 March 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Data Protection". Symantec. 2006-12-21.
  5. ^ "CDC announces backup system for Unix on LAN". Government Computer News. 1990-11-26. Archived from the original on 2016-03-09.
  6. ^ "Veritas to Buy OpenVision Technologies". Los Angeles Times. 1997-01-14.
  7. ^ "Symantec buys Veritas for $13.5bn stock". The Register. 2004-12-16.
  8. ^ "Symantec Select Veritas". businesswire. 2015-01-28.
  9. ^ "About the Accelerator feature in NetBackup 7.5". Veritas Support. Veritas Technologies LLC (US). 10 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Veritas NetBackup™ Deduplication Guide". Veritas. Veritas Technologies LLC. 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  11. ^ "NetBackup 7.6 Feature Briefing - Targeted Auto Image Replication". Veritas Support. Symantec. 2013-10-29.
  12. ^ AbdulRasheed (5 September 2013). "NetBackup Snapshot Client Terminology Explained". VOX. Veritas Technologies LLC. Retrieved 27 January 2019. Employee
  13. ^ a b "About NetBackup Replication Director". Veritas Support. Veritas Technologies LLC (US). 13 July 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  14. ^ "OpsCenter Operational Restore". Veritas Support. Veritas Technologies LLC (US). 12 March 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  15. ^ "About synthetic backups". Veritas Support. Veritas Technologies LLC (US). 25 September 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  16. ^ "NetBackup Admin. Guide Vol. 1: Take checkpoints every __ minutes (policy attribute)". Veritas Support. Veritas Technologies LLC. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  17. ^ a b "What is the difference between multiplexing and multistreaming?". Veritas Support. Veritas Technologies LLC (US). 29 January 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  18. ^ "NetBackup 7.6 feature Briefing - Instant recovery for VMware". Veritas Support. Symantec. 2013-08-02.
  19. ^ "Symantec NetBackup ™ Administrator's Guide, Volume I Windows" (PDF). Symantec. Veritas Technologies LLC (US). 2012. pp. 35–45(Administration Console), 833–843(Activity Monitor), 888–894(Reports utility), 912(Remote Administration Console), 915–938(Java Console). Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  20. ^ a b Antony, Erica; Tim Burlowski (January 2008). "NetBackup Operations Manager: Monitoring, Alerting and Reporting for Veritas NetBackup" (downloadable PDF attachment). Symantec. Veritas Technologies LLC (US). pp. 4–5(monitoring), 6–7(alerting), 7(3rdPartyEventMgmt.), 11–18(reporting). Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Symantec OpenStorage". Symantec. Symantec. Archived from the original on 2013-05-30.
  22. ^ "Netbackup Release Notes". Veritas. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  23. ^
  24. ^ "Veritas Launches Enterprise Data Management Solution Powered by NetBackup 8.0 to Accelerate Digital Transformation". Veritas. 2016-12-01. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  25. ^ "What's New in NetBackup 8.0". Veritas. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  26. ^ "Veritas Unveils Major Advances in Cloud Backup and Turbocharges Performance with the Release of NetBackup 7.7". Symantec. 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  27. ^ "NetBackup 7.6 First Availability (FA) Program". Vox Veritas. Symantec?. 2013-08-16.

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