The Bacula Systems NDMP backup module makes use of the filer-to-server mode for easy integration into Bacula Enterprise.
This tool reduces demands on the network and enables localized NDMP backup and disaster recovery. In addition – and so important in the real world – it provides a fast, easy and full restore.
NDMP Protocol is an industry standard protocol created to ease the process of integrating backup and restore for network
attached storage (NAS) with data protection software such as Bacula Enterprise. Many storage hardware manufacturers have already incorporated NDMP support as a feature in their products, which makes their configuration and implementation much simpler.
The NDMP protocol is an open protocol, an industry standard that allows data transfers between storage and backup devices directly, eliminating the use of resources on servers, not only memory and network, but also also the use of the network bandwidth. NDMP implementation requires the use of hardware that supports its operation, and these include NAS storage devices and tape backup units.
Bacula's NDMP Backup Module Benefits
NDMP backup with Bacula's module can significantly outperform the one running against mounted NFS/CIFS volumes, especially when dealing with millions of small files and ACLs. With the NDMP backup software from Bacula Systems, the average backup speed is increasing significantly while decreasing the bandwidth load.
NDMP backup is designed ideally to protect NAS filers in major disaster scenarios. Bacula’s NDMP backup software enables full and incremental backups of the filer data, including ACLs, as well as its extended configuration and parameters.
Additionally, NDMP backup use in conjunction with specific Bacula Enterprise features, such as Progresive Virtual Full or Global Endpoint Deduplication, delivers excellent response times in daily backup and recovery operations.
Bacula Enterprise allows to backup NDMP with more flexibility in defining policies and schedule. You can consider more variables and criterias in your backup strategy, such as: criticalness and amount of data, schedules, applications, databases, operating systems, etc..
Restoring a single file with Bacula's NDMP backup tool is possible either by using the built-in NAS snapshot capability or by restoring the NDMP datastream to a local machine.
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