Veritas has offered its NetBackup (NBU) backup and recovery software pre-integrated with required hardware into purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) since the launch of its NBU Appliances in 2010. It introduced its line of Flex Appliances in March 2018 as a modern counterpart intended to compete against the likes of data management-oriented hyperconverged appliances from the likes of Cohesity and Rubrik.
Flex Appliances run the Red Hat Linux-based Veritas Optimized Operating System (VxOS) as well as proprietary containerization software that allows data protection services to be delivered on-demand. This approach allows multiple NBU and NBU Cloud Catalyst deployments to be consolidated onto a single hyperconverged infrastructure for multitenancy. Effectively, data protection services can be delivered on a case-by-case basis, according to the requirements of specific applications, sites or departments – without specific appliances needing to be deployed per-application, site or department. As a result, infrastructure sprawl is reduced, and scalability is simplified. Veritas’ File System, Volume Manager and Cluster Server software provide the file system, volume management and clustering support. The NBU catalog provides the metadata.
The Veritas Flex Appliance protects both physical and virtual resources, and can be deployed as a master server, a media server or both in a NBU domain. Appliances may be geographically dispersed to meet distributed disaster recovery requirements.
Veritas currently offers the Flex 5340, a high-end offering designed to serve large enterprises’ core data center environments, that shares the same hardware as the NBU 5340 Appliance. In October 2019, Veritas added the Flex 5150 to serve edge environments and smaller enterprises. Both offerings are expandable with storage shelves for additional capacity. Customers have the option of drive sizes and quantities for each expansion shelf purchased for flexible capacity scaling. The 5340 also supports a dual-node, active-active high availability (HA) configuration that improves the system availability and performance.
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