This technical paper details IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) interoperability, support, use-case scenarios and guidelines for backup data stored in SONAS using Symantec NetBackup v6.5 or higher. The focus of this paper is technical and the reader needs to be familiar with the SONAS system and Symantec NetBackup.
IBM SONAS provides access to the data over CIFS and NFS protocols. Using Symantec NetBackup Enterprise Server, users can back up and restore the stored file data in the SONAS namespace to different storage units, such as disk or virtual or traditional tape. Users can schedule the backup or they can immediately start backing up their own files. This paper provides guidelines for backing up the data kept in the SONAS namespace by out-of-band backup and restoration of the files. Out-of-band backup and restoration means that the backup process runs on one or more nodes that are external clients or servers that are dedicated for the backup and restoration. The backup and restore nodes, called Backup Master Server, Media Servers and NetBackup Clients are external physical servers connected to the IBM SONAS system over a separate VLAN network. The data in the SONAS environment can be backed up fully or incrementally by mounting NFS and CIFS shares from the IBM SONAS using the authenticated NFS- and CIFS-connected backup and restoration nodes using the NetBackup processes.