Netbackup best practices for ridiculously busy environments (but not exclusively).

While waiting for another EMC World session to start (this one is at “Guru” level, let’s see) I thought I might share some of my experience regarding running Netbackup on very large setups – nothing like learning through pain.

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Another windows tuning I forgot to mention

I use my laptop so much that I sometimes forget about some server-type tunings.

I resuscitated my hot-rod AMD box – it’s a grossly overclocked monster but only has 1GB RAM (since it’s hard to find that kind of fast RAM in bigger sizes, and using 4 sticks prohibits me from overclocking it so much). Let’s just say the CPU is running a full GHz faster than stock, and with air, not water or peltier coolers.

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Cisco WAAS benchmarks, and WAN optimizers in general

Lately I’ve been dealing with WAN accelerators a lot, with the emphasis on Cisco’s WAAS (some other, smaller players are Riverbed, Juniper, Bluecoat, Tacit/Packeteer and Silverpeak). The premise is simple and compelling: Instead of having all those servers at your edge locations, move your users’ data to the core and make accessing the data feel almost as fast as having it locally, by deploying appliances that act as proxies. At the same time, you will actually decrease the WAN utilization, enabling you to use cheaper pipes, or at least not have to upgrade, where in the past you were planning to anyway.

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