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Rubrik -  - Why NDMP Is Not the Answer to Your NAS Protection Challenges

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Why NDMP Is Not the Answer to Your NAS Protection Challenges

The Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) is currently the de facto approach for protecting NAS data. However, an increasing number of enterprises are exploring new approaches as their environments grow and the challenges and limitations associated with NDMP come to the surface. A Short History of NDMP More than two decades ago, NAS pioneer NetApp and backup vendor Intelliguard collaborated to solve an issue that was increasingly vexing NAS users – the inability to reliably protect their data. Up to that point, NAS platforms such as NetApp Filers were being backed up by having backup servers mount NAS shares and then moving the backup data to locally attached tape devices or a networked tape library. This solution was fraught with problems ranging from low performance due to the need to read every file over a POSIX interface, performance bottlenecks created by sending data over a single mount point, and managing multiple devices. NDMP was first proposed by NetApp and Intelliguard in 1995 to address these challenges in protecting NAS platforms.* NDMP is officially defined as an “open standard protocol for network-based backup for network- attached storage.”** The protocol specifies a separation of the control path from the data path. Control…
Rubrik -  - Providing Cost-effective NAS Protection for Enterprise Customers via NAS Direct Archive

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Providing Cost-effective NAS Protection for Enterprise Customers via NAS Direct Archive

Given the recent digital explosion, the size of our customers’ NAS environments has drastically increased. A big reason for this is the relative ease with which companies can deploy, manage, and scale NAS storage systems. As more and more critical data makes their way to NAS systems (e.g., medical images, design files, and sensitive documents), enterprises are increasing their focus on NAS protection. Rubrik is a one-stop shop for enterprise data protection, and a large component of this protection is NAS. Given the significant size of our customers’ NAS environments, Rubrik built NAS Direct Archive with our new Andes 5.0 release to address the challenge of efficiently protecting large NAS environments. NAS Direct Archive combines our customers’ desire for a cost-efficient solution with Rubrik’s trademark simplicity and core capabilities such as single file search and recovery across massive filesets. Our approach delivers global mobility for all our customers’ NAS data by indexing and capturing metadata and orchestrating data to users’ destination of choice–public cloud, object store, or NFS. NAS Direct Archive is a testament to Rubrik’s commitment to tailoring our product to our customers while maintaining our industry leading position as an enterprise data management provider. Here are the top…