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NetWorker FastStart 7.5.1

by on May.26, 2009, under Storage

NetWorker FastStart 7.5.1

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Fast Start 7.5.1 brings NetWorker to smaller customers in an interesting way. You can grab a 30 day time limited version of Fast Start here under the Eval tab. This new release of FastStart brings FastStart to parity with the…

Fast Start 7.5.1 brings NetWorker to smaller customers in an interesting way.

You can grab a 30 day time limited version of Fast Start here under the Eval tab.

This new release of FastStart brings FastStart to parity with the functionality of the currently shipping enterprise level NetWorker product but does so without the hassle of configuration, which still remains the largest source of failed backups outside of the system the client is on being powered off, and painful licensing.

So how does it work?  

A customer ordering FastStart receives their choice of a Linux or Windows NetWorker server, 20 client licenses, five application modules (They can pick and choose from SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint and Oracle modules) a 10TB capacity license for backup to disk or backup to an EMC Disk Library (Useable capacity not compressed or deduplicated capacity) a license for a 40 slot autochanger and 40 Hours of Video Instructor led training.

It also comes with a dinner tray sized Start Here poster, just like EMC ships with the AX/NX range to get people up and running.

Sounds good, but it’s still NetWorker and I still configure it as such. Well, no. FastStart to my mind appears to be the first place where new ease of use user experience changes are debuted.

For example, out of the box FastStart will automate the remote installation of backup client software and then guide you through the configuration process. If you point it at a box running an application with a supported module Fast Start will detect it, install the required module and then lead you through the configuration of the backup policy for that application.

It’ll also autodetect and configure autochangers and label and mount Advanced Filetype Devices (Backup to Disk) if you specify a location.

All of that and since the application modules have the de-duplication frameworks in place you can add client and application deduplication via a deduplication node if you wish. You can also add whatever other options you so choose through the addition of enabler codes without having to perform any upgrades to Fast Start.

I beta tested the initial version of Fast Start and thought it was pretty neat. So much so I wanted all of it’s ease of use functionality integrated into NetWorker.

That was good, this is better. But why take my word for it when you can see it instead.

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