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DR Series Software 4.0.3.1 - Administration Guide

Introducing the DR Series system documentation Introducing the DR Series system Setting up the DR Series system Configuring the DR Series system settings Managing containers Managing replications Monitoring the DR Series system Using GlobalView Configuring and using Rapid NFS and Rapid CIFS Configuring and using Rapid Data Access with NetVault Backup and with vRanger Configuring and using RDA with OST
Understanding RDA with OST Guidelines Terminology Supported RDA with OST software and components Best Practices: RDA with OST and the DR Series System Setting client-side optimization Configuring an LSU Installing the RDA with OST plug-in Configuring DR Series system information using NetBackup Backing up data from a DR Series system with NetBackup Using Backup Exec with a DR Series system (Windows) Understanding the OST CLI commands Understanding RDA with OST Plug-In Diagnostic Logs Collecting diagnostics by using a Linux utility Guidelines for gathering media server information
Configuring and using VTL Configuring and Using Encryption at Rest Support, maintenance, and troubleshooting Supported Ports in a DR Series system About us

Rapid NFS and Rapid CIFS

Rapid NFS and Rapid CIFS enable write operation acceleration on clients that use DR replication and NFS or CIFS file system protocols. Similar to OST and RDS, these accelerators allow for better coordination and integration between DR Series system backup, restore, and optimized deduplication operations with Data Management Applications (DMAs) such as CommVault, EMC Networker, and Tivoli Storage Manager. For the current list of qualified DMAs, see the DR Series System Interoperability Guide.

Rapid NFS is a new client file system type that ensures that only unique data is written to the DR Series system. It uses user space components and file system in user space (FUSE) to accomplish this. Metadata operations such as file creates and permission changes go through the standard NFS protocol, whereas write operations go through RDNFS.

Rapid CIFS is a Windows-certified filter driver that also ensures that only unique data is written to the DR Series system.

All chunking and hash computations are done at the media or client server level.

Rapid NFS and Rapid CIFS require you to install a plug-in on the client or media server, depending on your DMA and configuration. For details, see the Configuring and Using Rapid NFS and Rapid CIFS chapter.

DR Rapid for the DR Series system

The DR Series system and backup application integration is done by using DR Rapid plugins developed by Quest. Plugins allow backup application control over backup image creation, deletion, and duplication. They also allow deduplication and compression operations to happen on the client-side so that network traffic can be reduced.

DR Rapid allows the supported backup applications to communicate directly with the DR Series system and determine whether a specific chunk of data already exists on the system. If the data already exists, only the pointers need to be updated on the DR Series system, and the duplicate chunk of data does not need to be transferred to the system. This process provides two benefits: it improves the overall backup speed, and also reduces the network load.

RDA with OST for the DR Series system

OpenStorage Technology (OST), by Veritas, provides a logical disk interface for use with network storage devices. The DR Series system appliance can use OST via DR Rapid plug-in software to integrate its data storage operations with NetBackup and Backup Exec. OST is part of DR Rapid at Quest.

RDA with OST allows for better coordination and tighter integration between DR Series system backup, restore, and optimized duplication operations and data management applications. For a list of the supported applications, see the DR Series System Interoperability Guide.

Integration is done via a RDA with OST plug-in developed for the DR Series system, through which data management applications can control when the backup images are created, duplicated, and deleted. The major benefit of RDA with OST is that it allows the deduplication operations to happen on the client side so that network traffic can be reduced.

The RDA with OST plug-in allows data management applications to take full advantage of such DR Series system features as data deduplication, replication, and energy efficiency. DR Series systems can access the OpenStorage API code through the plug-in, which can be installed on the media server platform choice you make (Windows or Linux). The OST protocol allows the supported backup applications to communicate directly with the DR Series system and determine whether a specific chunk of data already exists on the system. This process means that if the data already exists, only the pointers need to be updated on the DR Series system, and the duplicate chunk of data does not need to be transferred to the system. This process provides two benefits: it improves the overall backup speed, and also reduces the network load.

When RDA with OST is used with the DR Series system, it offers the following benefits:

Software components and operational guidelines

To better coordinate and integrate OpenStorage Technology (OST) with the DR Series system data storage operations, the following guidelines list the required components and supported operations. For details on the supported operating systems and data management application (DMA) versions, see the DR Series System Interoperability Guide.

The DR Series system licensing is all-inclusive, so that no additional licensing is required to use OST or the optimized duplication capability. The OST plug-in that gets installed on a supported Linux or Windows media server platform is a free download. However, Veritas NetBackup requires that you purchase an OpenStorage Disk Option license. Similarly, Veritas Backup Exec requires that you purchase the Deduplication Option to enable the OST feature.

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