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 ...