800xA V5.1 FP4 compatibility with Symantec NetBackup V7.6
In our lab, we are using Acronis Backup utility which works fairly withouty any issues.I have seen customer using norton Ghost also. But no experience with 800xA with NetBackup.
Symnatec NetBackup seems to be same functionality packed with dedicated hardware and software features like security and encrpytion. Theoretically, it should work but still requires one phase of testing for all node types with SQL, Oracle, etc.
ABB 800xA does not officially recommends using 3rd paty backup disks to be used for Production, so no testing has been carried out. But, on the contrary, during upgrade or update, 800xA documentation itself says to backup the disks for emergency purposes.
No formal testing has been carried out.
Cold backups (with OS shut down) are recommended in favor of hot (with 800xA running) backups.
With a redundant system it should be possible to run cold backups during calm moments in the production system.
Most nodes have VERY similar software setup -> there is less need to backup all computers all the time. Reusing AS2 for AS1 is possible if done appropriately (seek AKS for hints)