Symantec aims API at integration

Vendor’s app will help disk devices link with backup software

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By  Published  December 3, 2006

Symantec is to introduce an application programming interface (API) designed to allow intelligent disk devices to integrate natively with the company’s enterprise backup and recovery software NetBackup.

The vendor claimed the greater integration between intelligent disk devices and backup software provided by NetBackup OpenStorage API would allow the devices to offer more advanced functionality beyond basic interoperability.

“Intelligent disk providers want to enhance their solutions to meet customers’ growing backup and recovery needs and provide more advanced disk-based data protection capabilities, including single instance storage and backup image replication,” said Kevin Isaac, regional director for Symantec MENA.

“With the introduction of the NetBackup OpenStorage API, these providers will be able to enable their intelligent disk devices to take advantage of the high-performance data protection, recovery and management capabilities of NetBackup.”

OpenStorage API is scheduled for general availability as part of NetBackup 6.5 in mid-2007, by which time partners would have devices available in the market to leverage the API, Symantec said.

The vendor said OpenStorage API enabled disk-based backup features such as high-speed backup and recovery to intelligent disk devices over fibre channel or internet protocol (IP) connections, disk sharing and virtualisation and better utilisation of disk by leveraging the single-instance-storage capabilities of partner devices.

Analayst firm Gartner said API would allow NetBackup users to leverage the features of virtual tape library (VTL) devices and add new capabilities.

The firm said the VTL approach of ‘treating disk as tape’ made it easier to migrate from traditional tape devices to a disk-based approach, but API’s approach of ‘treating disk as disk’ would offer a more efficient disk backup solution.

“While the API strengthens NetBackup’s disk capabilities and will allow the VTL disk to be managed by NetBackup, it will also accelerate the need for VTL vendors to transition their value proposition from tape emulation to other value-added services (such as business continuity and single-instance store),” wrote Jimmie Chang, Gartner analyst, in a recent research note.

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