Avamar 5.0 New Features and Enhancements

December 18, 2009


    In case you haven’t read up on it, Avamar 5 was released recently, there have been several new features introduced and some annoying factors remedied. 

    The biggest new feature in my opinion would have to be the vSphere integration, I recently implemented this at a client site and in our lab, it’s pretty impressive.  Here is a list of the new features and much need changes:

    • Avamar GEN3 storage nodes with Avamar 5.0 software installed offer 3.3 TB of licensable storage capacity per node. 

*Note: Storage Nodes can not be mixed inside an Avamar Data Store, all storage nodes must have the same storage capacity.

    • NAT Support for Multi-Node Avamar Servers is now available allowing for interoperability with NAT firewalls and routers.

    • The Avamar Data Store system can optionally be configured with two switches to support high availability in the event that a NIC or a switch fails.  This was an often topic discussed with clients, it’s nice to know that EMC has eliminated these single points of failure.

    • Avamar 5.0 provides the ability to perform server-level backup and bare metal recovery of Windows Server 2003 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

    • The big one in my opinion, very impressive integration with vSphere 4.0 by introducing:

      • Image-level backup and restore

      • File-level recovery from above image backups

      • The ability to schedule both types of backups using the policy-based features

    • Enhancements to Windows and Mac Desktop/laptop backup and restores

    • Windows 2008 SQL and Oracle 11g support 

    • The annoying problem with the Daylight Savings notification with Java Runtime 1.5 has been resolved with the option to install JRE 1.6.

    That’s it for now, check back as I discuss vSphere integration in more detail at a later time.


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