About Backup Exec's storage options

The following options allow you to extend Backup Exec's capabilities to use larger media storage devices or share storage resources over a SAN.

Table: Backup Exec storage agents



Symantec Backup Exec Library Expansion Option (LEO)

Supports multi-drive tape or optical robotic libraries and library storage systems. When utilizing the Advanced Device And Media Management (ADAMM) features, the Library Expansion Option provides extensive configuration and management capabilities which include unattended backup and restore operations, and bar code reader and portal support. Device partitioning lets you assign specific robotic library slots for backup targets.

See Installing the Library Expansion Option.

Symantec Backup Exec SAN Shared Storage Option (SAN SSO)

Lets Backup Exec operate in a Storage Area Network (SAN), providing a high performance LAN-free backup solution. SAN SSO lets multiple distributed media servers share common, centralized storage devices connected over a SAN. This configuration provides greater efficiency and fault tolerance. In addition to increasing performance and backup speeds in the SAN environment, the Shared Storage Option load balances backup activity across multiple Backup Exec media servers and centralizes management tasks while lowering the total cost of hardware ownership.

See Installing the SAN Shared Storage Option.

Symantec Backup Exec NDMP Option

Enables Backup Exec to use the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) to initialize and control backups and restores on supported devices.

See About installing the NDMP Option.

Symantec Backup Exec Remote Media Agent for Linux Servers

Lets you back up data to and restore data from the following devices:

  • Storage devices that are directly attached to a Linux server.

  • A folder on a hard disk on the Linux server.

See About the Remote Media Agent.

Symantec Backup Exec Storage Provisioning Option

Lets you configure, manage, and monitor a storage array that is attached to the media server. A wizard guides you through the configuration of the storage array. The wizard creates the virtual disks that Backup Exec uses as job destination devices on the storage array. The Storage Provisioning Option monitors disk usage trends to send alerts when low disk space occurs on the storage arrays. Disk usage trends also provide information about whether the current disk space is sufficient, and when you should add disk space.

See About the Storage Provisioning Option.