After writing more than I expected (and more than I should have) we come to my thoughts on the next decade of NetWorker. Beyond 8.0 and into 8.x you can expect that EMC will play to it’s strengths when it comes to the on going development of NetWorker.
-NetWorker will do more with backup to disk.
-NetWorker will do more with data deduplication.
-NetWorker will do more with virtualization.
And it will do this while maintaining a modern, scalable architecture with richly functional application level integration delivered in a timely manner with the highest possible level of code quality. The proof of the pudding of course is in the eating so if you’re running NetWorker in production today get the 8.0 software as soon as you can, install it somewhere and hammer on it to see what it can do you for.
Some people will upgrade to 8.0 immediately for the new functionality, others will wait until service pack one. Regardless of when you plan on upgrading start looking at 8.0 right now.
While NW 7.6 is one of the best releases of NetWorker ever shipped (I liked it the way I liked 7.2) the architecture of the 7.x code has now reached it’s logical conclusion. While it’s not over for NetWorker production deployments yet as there are various service packs and maintenance fixes still to be delivered, future NetWorker development is now singularly focused on 8.0 and beyond.
There’s more coming.