The Makers of FDR®

December 14, 2006

Announcing... FDR/UPSTREAM V3.5.0

INNOVATION introduces FDR/UPSTREAM version 3.5.0 for the z/OS Storage Server as well as both the UPSTREAM client and RESERVOIR Storage server component.

Topics in the newsletter and features released in this version include: Training Class
The next training class held in Little Falls, NJ for FDR/UPSTREAM and UPSTREAM Reservoir is scheduled for January 23-25, 2007. This seminar is a comprehensive three-day course for both new and established users of FDR/UPSTREAM and UPSTREAM Reservoir. The extensive content of the course material deals with both the client and backup server components. In addition to the class room instruction there will also be numberous break out sessions. http://www.innovationdp.fdr.com/education/index.cfm

Registration: You may register by phone or by calling Innovation Data Processing at 973-890-7300, fat to 973-890-7147 or e-mail to sales@fdrinnovation.cfm.

FDR/UPSTREAM z/OS Storage Server component CRYPT for FDR/UPSTREAM... Data Encryption
The latest release of FDR/UPSTREAM V3.5.0 now makes available CRYPT for FDR/UPSTREAM; a data encryption option as an additional-cost add-on, to allow encryption of secondary copies of backup datasets intended for offsite transport and storage. These secondary backup dataset copies are created using the Upstream VAULT facility. You may choose among five encryption algorithms driven by an encryption key. This encryption key may be user-specified or randomly generated for each backup, allowing a unique encryption key for each.

FDR/UPSTREAM encryption can use the AES-128 hardware assist on IBM z9-109 processors (and their successors) and the TDES hardware assist on z890, z990, and z9-109 processors (and their successors), if enabled.

FDR/UPSTREAM client and RESERVOIR Storage Server component
Linux on IBM Power Series support
FDR/Upstream has expanded its comprehensive client support to include Linux on Power pSeries hardware (RS-6000) both as a client as well as the UPSTREAM RESERVOIR Storage Server. The minimum release supported is SuSE Linux v9 (SuSE, RedHat or similar) on IBM Power (p-Series) systems. It supports all of the same features available in any of the other Linux implementations.

FDR/UPSTREAM now has complete coverage of every major operating system (AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows) in the data center, while offering a choice of backup servers to include z/OS mainframes and with its RESERVOIR product includes Windows, AIX, SUN Solaris, and Linux(x 86 Linux, Linux for zSERIES, and Linux for pSERIES).

Data Encryption
UPSTREAM Reservoir now has available support for encryption of vault tapes, compatible with UPSTREAM/MVS using AES 128, AES 192 and AES 256. Reservoir Encryption uses the AES standard levels of encryption for vaulted tapes. This is a separately licensed product that is available in a BETA release now and General Availability is expected in 1stQ 2007.

New support for SQL Server 2005
Introduced in UPSTREAM 3.4.0H client release is UPSTREAM support for Microsoft SQL Server and support for SQL Server 2005. This support has been integrated into the MSSQL plugin and allows seamless transition from SQL Server 2000 to 2005. New features support the backup of all databases with the database wildcard '*'.

GPFS support
UPSTREAM supports an extensive list of file systems and has extended that support by adding support for the GPFS file system. http://www.fdr.com/products/upstream/ups02.cfm

Daylight Savings Time Changes in the U.S.
Starting in the spring of 2007, Daylight Saving Time (DST) start and end dates for the United States will transition to comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. DST dates in the United States will start three weeks earlier (2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November).

INNOVATION will maintain a web page relating to Daylight savings time issues. Please see http://www.innovationdp.fdr.com/daylightsavings/

OES/Linux NSS volume backups from a NetWare system
With Novell's release of OES for Linux, neither the conventional method of Linux backup nor the conventional method of NetWare backup will properly work for NSS file system backups on Linux systems. Currently, Innovation has certified the procedure for backup of these volumes over the LAN from a Novell server running the NetWare operating system. In the future a release of UPSTREAM will be provided which will backup NSS volumes directly on the Linux server.

HardLink Support
FDR/UPSTREAM support for hardlinks has been changed to reflect and support movement of hardlinks. Since hardlinks may be moved without warning on some systems (during defragmentation on Solaris systems for example), it is recommended that all UNIX client systems be upgraded to the client release v3.5.0 as soon as possible to avoid restore problems from old links merged forward.

UPSTREAM nibbles, bits and tips

FDR/UPSTREAM support for 64-bit Windows for Itanium or 64-bit AMD/Intel is now GA.

UPSTREAM supports SLES 10 and is now documented for the UPSTREAM Rescuer.

Linux – Director
The Director install for UNIX has been improved to use an included JRE for Linux or Intel Solaris.

UPSTREAM RESERVOIR “Spare tank”
An optional profile definition Overflow Path, allows you to have data written to an alternate location if the estimate shows that there is insufficient space in the Data Path.

UPSTREAM RESERVOR Tape Vault and Tape History reports
A new and improved UPSTREAM RESERVOR Tape Vault and Tape History reports with a whole new set of qualifiers. These include the Scratch Tapes Only qualifier to the Tape Vault report which generates a scratch tape only report.

The UPSTREAM Director provides an extensive array of reporting and also provides informational charts to visually provide information about your backups.



FAQs
We have gotten questions raised to the UPSTREAM's support team about...

Q: Are you aware of a windows feature, journaling, that can replace the standard archive bit to select files on incremental? Does UPSTREAM support that?

A: Yes, and UPSTREAM uses it on VSS backups.

Q: One of our Windows administrators wants us to backup its Windows boxes with UPSTREAM, but he wants to know if UPSTREAM is capable of 'SYSTEM STATE BACKUP' backup and if it is, what do I need to specify in UPSTREAM Parameters to get that kind of backup?

A: Yes, UPSTREAM is capable of a system state backup. We recommend that you use the UPSTREAM syntax to do a “full system backup”, which backs up all local drives and the system state. The format for the file spec is:
      FILES \\.
Typically any additional file specs are for excludes. Databases are generally done in a seperate backup.


INNOVATION sponsors webcasts on FDR/UPSTREAM and to request a personalized webcast and speak with the UPSTREAM team please contact us to schedule an event.

INNOVATION offers a FREE No-Obligation 90-Day trial to test the effectiveness of the UPSTREAM product suite in your environment.


To order the FREE trial for any of the UPSTREAM family that includes:
  FDR/UPSTREAM
  FDRSOS & UPSTREAM/SOS
  FDR/UPSTREAM for zLinux
  FDR/UPSTREAM for z/OS UNIX
  UPSTREAM RESERVOIR

Please access this link: http://www.innovationdp.com/riskfreetrial/index.cfm

To order the FDR/UPSTREAM Concepts and Facilities guide please access this link: http://www.innovationdp.com/cfguides/index.cfm