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Source: Enterprise Strategy Group
Author: David A. Chapa
For years, NetApp customers have been using snapshots as a line of defense against lost or corrupt files and using a backup application to move those snaps via NDMP to tape or other endpoint repository for longer term retention. While other customers have used SnapVault or SnapMirror to replicate those snaps either locally to another FAS (by the way, I did hear one of the long time NetApp execs use the F word during one of his talks-that would be "Filer") device or remotely to a FAS device as part of their data protection strategy and managing all of this with either their own scripts or NetApp Protection Manager.
One of the primary reasons many NetApp customers would avoid leveraging snapshots both on the primary and the replicated storage is related to "the catalog" - even though NetApp's replication-based data protection helps to address the recurring challenge around improving backup/recovery. Well, with this announcement NetApp now provides an answer to the question "Do you have a catalog?"Ã¢â‚¬â€œand the answer is yes, with NetApp SnapProtect Management Software.