Catalogic DPX is Not Backing off from Commitment to Micro Focus OES 2018

History of Novell Open Enterprise Server

In early 2005, Novell, since then acquired by Micro Focus, made a splash in the Linux pool with their Open Enterprise Server (OES) product. Based initially on Netware and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and later just on SLES, Micro Focus OES is an enterprise-scale server operating system that provides essential shared services, including networked storage, file and print services, identity management, and network connectivity for Windows, Mac, and Linux client devices.

Protecting Micro Focus OES Environments

Now, as you would expect, where Micro Focus OES is a large part of an organization’s shared network services and computing environment, it is a critical part of IT infrastructure. So much so that if services were to go off-line for whatever reason, your users would be out of commission. With that in mind, it is crucial that the data stored in your OES environment be protected.

Over the years, a wide variety of data protection vendors have provided adequate Micro Focus OES backup and recovery. OES users had some options when it came to choosing a backup provider. However, as time has gone on, those same vendors have slowly moved on from the Novell family of products, leaving many OES customers with no way to protect their data.

Catalogic DPX and Micro Focus Partnership

Catalogic Software is not one of those data protection vendors that have abandoned OES. Catalogic DPX has provided industry-leading Novell OES backup and recovery for Novell products since 1997, and we even pioneered many data protection features such as OES cluster-support and deep GroupWise integration. Unlike many other vendors, we have never backed away from our commitment to the Novell family of products, even after the acquisition by Micro Focus.

DPX Cluster-level support for OES

DPX provides intelligent data protection for OES, which begins with being cluster-aware. This means that by using a virtual node concept, where all individual server nodes are represented together as a single entity, DPX can ensure that data is not backed up twice (from two different nodes in the cluster). Suppose a cluster node fails during the backup of a shared resource. In that case, DPX continues to execute the backup by switching the task to the failover node, ensuring that critical infrastructure information is always protected.

In Figure 1, the virtual node is labeled as a “cluster.” The item “V1” represents the shared resource. Objects oes-lx-c1, oes-lx-C2, and oes-lx-C3 are the server nodes in the cluster.

When it comes to recovery, the restoration of OES data is simplified. The user needs only to select the virtual server object, and DPX is smart enough to restore the correct volume. The operator doesn’t need to know the data source or which node performed the backup; this avoids confusion and ensures a quicker, trouble-free recovery process.

Figure 1

DPX support for Linux and NSS File System, eDirectory, and More

DPX supports full, incremental, and differential backups, which can be targeted at the volume, directory, or individual file level. Files can be restored with security and metadata and file-attributes / trustee rights still intact.

DPX Supports the following for OES backup:

  1. Cluster configuration OES
  2. GroupWise environments
  3. Backup of standalone and shared NSS volumes,
  4. Backup of eDirectory, etc.

In Figure 2, you can see the layout for the DPX GroupWise environment:

  1. (Po) shows Post Office resources
  2. (Dom) shows Domain Objects
  3. (DMS) Document Management Systems Library
  4. Other objects can include Binary Large Objects (blb) and even (TMP), which are any other directories referenced by /HOME flags

DPX has its software-defined storage repository called vStor that can act as a disk directory for your OES backups. DPX vStor performs deduplication and compression so that your storage is maximized, as well as replication to another backup node for redundancy and disaster recovery. Backup data can be archived to cloud or tape for long-term retention.

Figure 2


As you can see, the backup and recovery of your Micro Focus OES 2018 infrastructure are fully supported by Catalogic. If the recovery is as severe as a massive hardware failure, or a server failure in a multi-server OES cluster, or something less critical like post office corruption, individual email messages lost, or a user account deleted, having the ability to quickly and easily recover that information is incredibly important.

Whether you are just starting your search for a Micro Focus or Novell OES backup vendor or if your existing backup vendor is no longer supporting OES 2018 backups, Catalogic is an excellent and cost-effective alternative. We have been committed to our partnership with Micro Focus since the beginning, and we will continue to be there to protect your data for the long term.

If you would like to learn more about Catalogic DPX, you can request a live demo or even get a 30-day trial copy to try it for yourself. We’ll be happy to help you set things up.

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11/01/2021 0 Comments

Backup Your Open Virtual Machines and Clouds with vProtect 4.2

As we near the summer months, when most development teams take the foot off the gas and coast through the vacation season, Storware just keeps pumping out new releases for vProtect.

vProtect is a backup and recovery solution for modern workloads that provides agentless data protection services for Open VM environments, virtual environments built on VMware and Hyper V, containers like Kubernetes, storage providers (Ceph RBD, Nutanix Files, file system), and applications running on-prem and in the cloud. vProtect can function as a standalone solution or integrate with enterprise backup software.

Hot on the heels of its previous release that included support for the protection of storage providers, like Ceph RBD, vProtect 4.2 adds a synthetic backup provider based on XFS, allowing incremental-forever backups and significantly faster restores. This release also introduces granular RBAC system-level roles that allow administrators more control over vProtect security.  By defining user groups and roles, RBAC enables administrators to specify which actions and views are accessible to users by using pre-defined, built-in roles or customizing their own.

For oVirt/Red Hat Virtualization/Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager distributions, two new transfer optimizations have been added: BZIP2 compression when using SSH transfer method and direct transfers to/from hypervisors in Disk Image transfer method.  Both of these improvements result in even faster backups. Additionally, for these environments vProtect received the option to easily configure metadata DB backups directly from the hypervisor manager’s section.

vProtect version 4.2 also added snapshot-management for Ceph RBD Storage Provider and SMB support for Nutanix Files. Finally, to improve system performance visibility, the management interface received additional notifications related to VDO space occupancy, transfer rate charts, and inventory synchronization statuses.

vProtect 4.2 key highlights at a glance:

  • Synthetic file system backup provider using XFS
  • RBAC – system-level roles and user groups
  • Storage Providers – Nutanix Files – SMB shares support
  • Web UI – transfer rate charts
  • Hyper-V multithreaded import during a restore

Did you miss our live webinar? –  Add Modern Data Protection for Open Virtual Machines & Clouds to your Enterprise Backup – Pawel Maczka, CTO at Storware and Brian Sietsma, Solutions Architect at Catalogic Software, discussed the new updates in the latest version release of vProtect 4.2. Watch it on-demand!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. To view more vProtect features, check our website. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and provide you with more information.

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05/27/2021 0 Comments

New vProtect Features and Enhancements – 4.1 Update

vProtect enables VM-level protection and can function as a standalone solution or integrate with enterprise backup software. vProtect also provides data protection for Kubernetes deployments.

In the last update, vProtect 4.0 updated/re-organized Web UI, added incremental backup support for ProxMox – the first tool to have this feature, and added CBT backup strategy for RHEV/AHV will improve incremental backup for these hypervisors.

In this recent 4.1 update, vProtect provides the new ability to backup storage providers –backup, restore, mount file systems, RBD volumes, and Nutanix files.

Let’s take a look at the vProtect 4.1 new highlights:

Storage provider – Ceph RBD – support for backup/restore/mount of RBD volumes

  • Backup of Ceph RBD volumes (separate from OpenStack/OpenShift/KVM environments) are now supported. Dedicated policies can protect Ceph RBD volumes directly with option for full and incremental backup.
  • OpenStack Ceph configurations can be protected at the Ceph cluster level for each AZ.

Storage provider – file system – support for backup/restore/mount of plain file systems mounted on the nodes

  • File Systems on the vProtect node can now be protected. This means that anything that you mount on the node can be protected using backup schedules for regular file-based backups in both full and incremental format.

Storage provider – Nutanix Files (AFS) – technical preview of support for backup/ restore/mount of Nutanix Files

  • File-level protection for NFS shares from Nutanix Files.  This allows for incremental backups using CFT API.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and provide you with more information.

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02/16/2021 0 Comments

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