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Inside Windows Storage: Server Storage Technologies for Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003, and Beyond by Dilip C. Naik

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5.8. Network Data Management Protocol

NDMP started as an effort primarily by Network Appliance and Intelliguard (now part of LEGATO) to provide some enhanced functionality in backup/restore applications, such as the following:

  • A means to reduce and at least isolate operating system–dependent portions of backup/restore software by dividing up the functionality in a modular way

  • A standardized means of communication between modules

  • A means to separate the movement of data and commands onto separate channels or even networks

  • Multivendor software integration

NDMP is now positioned as an open-standard protocol aimed at standardizing backup and restore operations in NAS environments. In the future, NDMP may evolve—for example, to also involve mapping of ...

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