Networking is a key component of backup over the company network. Considerations include network throughput and bandwidth. Throughput refers to the amount of data that is sent and received within a specific timeframe. Network administrators monitor throughput, usually in bits per second (b/s), because it indicates how many packets are arriving at the destination. In the case of the DP4400 solution, network throughput determines how fast data can be transferred, which affects backup and recovery times.
Network bandwidth refers to the amount of data that can be sent and received at one time. The greater the bandwidth the more data that can be sent and received. Today many networks are 1 Gb/s or 10 Gb/s, but, with the rapid pace of network innovation, faster networks are the future. Because bandwidth determines the amount of data that can be sent and received, it impacts how many backups or recoveries can run in parallel.
DP4400 has four 10 GbE network ports to connect to a customer’s network. As part of the network setup, the DP4400 solution comes with the Network Validation Tool (NVT). The NVT enables customers to run multiple tests to validate the network configuration prior to the DP4400 installation. The goal of the NVT is to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of the DP4400 solution in the customer’s network.