Most data protection administrators who I’ve talked with over the years have a story that goes something like this: “I was 99% complete with my longest-running backup job when all of the sudden, WHAM!” Something bad happened, like a network hiccup, target storage filled up, source data host went offline temporarily or whatever. Often the interruption lasts for just a moment but depending on the approach used, it can often require the backup job to start over from the beginning! The ramifications of this disruption can be significant, including data loss, performance impact to production users and time spent by the IT team to troubleshoot the situation.
When protecting large network-attached storage (NAS) platforms, this situation can be particularly troubling because the density of data on a typical NAS share/volume has grown to be a significant data source, often reaching hundreds of terabytes.
In NetBackup 8.3, we introduced a new feature called Dynamic NAS (DNAS), which has dynamic multi-streaming to speed up backup times and stores data in a portable format that allows it to be restored anywhere, including the cloud. Users of the new feature have enjoyed the new flexibility provided by DNAS, but several users have indicated they cannot afford to restart a backup from scratch if the backup fails during the process.
To address this requirement, NetBackup 9 has added a Checkpoint Restart capability to the DNAS feature, enabling backup operations to automatically resume where they left off at the time of failure.
The Checkpoint Restart feature is based on the same capability that exists in the standard NetBackup client and works like this:
In the case of a failed backup, it is important to understand you have both options available—restart and resume. Restart will start the backup from the beginning, whereas resume starts from last known checkpoint. Using a snapshot at the beginning of the backup process will ensure data remains static during the downtime and restart activity.
Checkpoint Restart serves as a great extension to NetBackup’s DNAS capability, allowing you to keep your data protected without missing backup windows due to unplanned or planned interruptions. Hopefully, you can take advantage of these new innovations to provide a better level of protection to your critical NAS resources.
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